Sunday, September 7, 2008

Clarifying and Correcting

Well- Seems that some readers may not have gotten the point in my Book Banning post below-- I stated that the list published was not confirmed.

Why did I post it then?

Normally I stay away from all rumor posts. ALL of them.

But in this case, I thought the relevant fact (proven) that Sarah Palin was pressuring and attempted to fire a librarian in Alaska for not giving in to her demand for a How-to on banning books was not getting the attention it needs.

The list itself doesn't matter. People who want to ban books have lists just like this one that are; horrifying, impossible to understand, and totally dangerous to a healthy democracy.

So we should ask ourselves just what did Sarah Palin want to take off the shelves? And do we want anyone who would publically and forcefully attempt banning books in libraries to be any where near the highest office in the land?

I think my tactics may have been over the top. But we did spend about 10 hours thinking and talking about books and how precious they are and how we need to make sure someone like Sarah Palin is not allowed to do what she tried to do, not in Alaska and certainly not for the rest of the country.

The list below is not Sarah Palin's. I was not 100% sure it was a fake when I posted, though I suspected it was. But the reason for posting it remains the same.

Full disclosure, I once ran a school library. And so this is a huge red flag for me.

Thanks for your comments, corrections and critique.