From Time we hear that as a newly-elected Mayor of Wasilla, Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin tried to ban books from the town library:
One thing all sides agree on is that the valley was in flux. The old
libertarian pioneer ethos was giving way to a rising Christian
conservatism. By shrewdly invoking issues that mattered to the
ascendant majority, Palin won the mayor’s race. But while she may have
been a new face, says Naegele, she was no maverick, not yet. "The state
party gave her the mechanism to get into that office," says Naegele.
"As soon as she was confident enough to brush them off, she did. But
she wasn’t an outsider to start with, she very much had to kow-tow to
Governing was no less contentious than campaigning, at least to begin
with. She ended up dismissing almost all the city department heads who
had been loyal to Stein, including a few who had been instrumental in
getting her into politics to begin with. Some saw it as a betrayal.
Stambaugh, the police chief and member of Palin’s step aerobics class,
filed a lawsuit for wrongful termination, alleging that Palin
terminated him in part at the behest of the National Rifle Association,
because he had opposed a concealed-gun law the NRA supported. He
eventually lost the suit. The animosity spawned some talk of a recall
attempt, but eventually Palin’s opponents on the City Council opted for
a more conciliatory route.
At some point in those the fractious first days, Palin told the
department heads they needed her permission to talk to reporters. "She
put a gag order on those people, something that you’d expect to find in
the big city, not here," says Naegele. "She flew in there like a big
city gal, which she’s not. It was a strange time, and [the
Frontiersman] came out very harshly against her."
[Former Mayor John] Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs
into her policy at times. "She asked the library how she could go about
banning books," he says, because some voters thought they had
inappropriate language in them. "The librarian was aghast."
librarian, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news
reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire her for
not giving "full support" to the mayor.
Let’s see…Mark Twain, for "Letters from the Earth":
"Man is a marvelous curiosity . . . he thinks he is the Creator’s
pet . . . he even believes the Creator loves him; has a passion for
him; sits up nights to admire him; yes and watch over him and keep him
out of trouble. He prays to him and thinks He listens. Isn’t it a
quaint idea." Letters from the Earth
Thomas Jefferson, for believing that Jesus died and was buried, like other men:
In Jefferson’s version of the Gospels, Jesus is still
wrapped in swaddling clothes after his birth in Bethlehem. But there’s
no angel telling shepherds watching their flocks by night that a savior
has been born. Jefferson retains Jesus’ crucifixion but ends the text
with his burial, not with the resurrection.
"What Every Girl Should Know," by Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood. And probably every book ever written by Voltaire, for the following:
I have only ever made one prayer to God, a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.