Palin and library books-more than one apparently
curtism at bellsouth.net
curtism at bellsouth.net
Sun Sep 14 16:07:47 PDT 2008
Here is what the NY Times story today says:
"Witnesses and contemprary news accounts state that Ms. Palin asked the librarian to take books [plural] off the shelves. The McCain-Palin presidential campaign says Ms Palin never advocated censorship. But in 1995, Ms. Palin, then a a council woman, told colleagues that she had noticed the book "Daddy's Roomate" on the shelves and that it did not belong there, according to Ms Chase, then on the council and then-Mayor Stein. Ms. Chase read the book, which helps chidlren understnd homosexuality and said it was inoffensive; she suggested that Ms. Palin read it. 'Sarah said she didn't need to read that stuff,' recalls Ms. Chas who has become disenchanged with Ms. Palin. 'It was distrubing that someone would be willing to remove a book from the libarary and she didn't even read it.'"
-------------- Original message from "Volokh, Eugene" <VOLOKH at law.ucla.edu>: --------------
> Indeed, she apparently groused about that book when she was a
> councilwoman, and talked about the possibility of removing books when
> she was a mayor, but as I mentioned apparently she never demanded that
> any books be removed when she was mayor (though, as I said, she
> apparently contemplated it).
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Michael Froomkin - U.Miami School of Law
> > [mailto:froomkin at law.miami.edu]
> > Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2008 2:17 PM
> > To: Volokh, Eugene
> > Cc: CONLAWPROF at lists.ucla.edu
> > Subject: RE: mayors and purging books
> > For the record, the New York Times suggests that there was a
> > particular book at issue, at least at one point:
> > ++start quote++
> > in 1995, Ms. Palin, then a city councilwoman, told colleagues
> > that she had noticed the book "Daddy's Roommate" on the
> > shelves and that it did not belong there, according to Ms.
> > Chase and Mr. Stein. Ms. Chase read the book, which helps
> > children understand homosexuality, and said it was
> > inoffensive; she suggested that Ms. Palin read it.
> > "Sarah said she didn't need to read that stuff," Ms. Chase
> > said. "It was disturbing that someone would be willing to
> > remove a book from the library and she didn't even read it."
> > "I'm still proud of Sarah," she added, "but she scares the
> > bejeebers out of me.'"
> > ++end quote++
> > source: NYT, Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed
> > Foes,
> > http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/us/politics/14palin.html?par
> > tner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=all
> > It's quite plausible that memory of this 1995 controversy
> > carried over to 1996, when she became Mayor.
> > On Sat, 13 Sep 2008, Volokh, Eugene wrote (responding to
> > Michael Curtis):
> > > I agree with Michael that, depending on the facts, a
> > demand that a
> > > book be removed from the library shelf (something that
> > Palin as mayor
> > > never did, though she apparently contemplated it) may merit
> > > condemnation.
> > [snip]
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