by Jeff Woods
on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 9:30 AM
Gay people in America might want to get their passports in order and start making travel plans. Hello Canada!
She's making an implausible denial, but it seems pretty clear now that Sarah Palin tried to ban books as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, and fired the librarian for refusing to knuckle under to her demands. One of the books likely on Palin's list? Pastor I Am Gay by a local minister, Howard Bess. At the time of the controversy, Palin's church, the Assembly of God, had been crusading for the book's removal from bookstores.
"And she was one of them," Bess tells ABC News, "this whole thing of controlling information, censorship, that's part of the scene."
Palin now attends a different church, whose followers participate in the "Pray Away the Gay" movement. I'm guessing they don't like Pastor I Am Gay, either.
And gays shouldn't look to John McCain for help if McCain-Palin wins in November. McCain, who once won respect for condemning the "agents of intolerance" in the religious right, has now embraced one of them in Palin. He's not above whoring down for votes. Whatever it takes. His latest attack ad claims wildly that Barack Obama favors sex education for kindergartners.
Update: The New York Times reports Palin wore ruby red slippers on the campaign trail today. Here's hoping a house falls on her.