This is too bizarre.

From TIME interview with John Stein, the former Wasilla Mayor ousted by Palin in 1996:

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.” That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.

book banning

I’m thinking that the Republican National Convention isn’t the best time for the public vetting of Sarah Palin. McCain is having a hard enough time denying Obama a post-Democratic convention bounce, but now he seems to be at risk of losing ground to Obama over the drip-drip of Palin’s questionable record. Put aside the unwed pregnant daughter story — I personally believe that Democrats could come off as pathetically sanctimonious for pushing it, the media a bunch of bullies. The party faithful here in Minnesota tell me they are willing to support her even more forcefully if they believe she is being unfairly attacked– but book banning? In office?

UPDATE: Things get even stranger.

From The Huffington Post:

Three months before she was thrust into the national political spotlight, Gov. Sarah Palin was asked to handle a much smaller task: addressing the graduating class of commission students at her one-time church, Wasilla Assembly of God.

Her speech in June provides as much insight into her policy leanings as anything uncovered since she was asked to be John McCain’s running mate.

Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord.

“Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God,” she exhorted the congregants. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.

I’m relieved to hear we have a plan.