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People For Response to Revelations of Palin’s Attempted Book Banning

WASHINGTON - Time Magazine today reports that Alaska Governor, and Republican
vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, attempted to
ban books
from her local library as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, and then
threatened to fire the librarian who stood up to her for not giving "full
support" to the mayor.  People For the American Way president
Kathryn Kolbert issued the following statement:

"People can disagree about a lot of things, but censorship is
completely beyond the pale.  Our democracy was founded on the belief that
government shouldn't tell people what kinds of books to read or what kind
of beliefs to hold.  No one with that kind of history should be anywhere
near the White House.  Sarah Palin needs to clarify her stance on freedom
of speech immediately, and John McCain needs to explain why he chose a running
mate with so little regard for the Constitution."


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