i posted sarah palin's list of banned books at www.cafemom.com, where it is currently the number one journal posting, and has ignited a firestorm regarding whether or not the list itself is "accurate."
whether or not the list itself is accurate is immaterial. the truth of the matter is that palin attempted to have books removed from the wasilla, ak, public library's shelves by threatening to fire the librarian when the librarian balked.
what this shows is not just how seriously palin takes her religious beliefs but what little disregard she has for the first amendment.
i'm by no means a strict-constructionist when it comes to the constituition of the united states, but i think the first amendment probably articulates one of the most precious of all the rights we possess as citizens of this nation. as a writer, it certainly articulates one of the most precious of all rights for ME personally.
any candidate who would even consider asking a librarian to remove books from bookshelves in a PUBLIC library has no business being elected to a position where they will be asked to uphold and defend the constitution, because clearly, they don't even understand what that constituition says.
as sinclair lewis wrote in 1935, "when fascism comes to america, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." gentle readers, i think it's arrived.
and furthermore, the war must end. blessed be.