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Heather Has Two Mommies, But Not in Wasilla, AK


The library in Palin's hometown of Wasilla won't shelve two kids' books about same-sex parents.

More dramz from up north. 

However, it's not directly related to That Lady this time: the Wasilla Public Library in Alaska is refusing to shelve two books for children about homosexual relationships, Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy's Roommate.  But it's certainly not because the characters in the books are gay, of course.  Oh, no -- the town's library director, K.J. Martin-Albright, says the books are “poorly constructed, lacked engaging illustrations and seemed to lack the ability to engage young readers...Anything on the library has to earn its real estate."


To be sure, the two children's books in questions are controversial across the country, not just in Sarah Palin's hometown (where I am sure there are no gay people whatsoever, and if there are any, they certainly don't have any children who need some support).   But this particular situation is pretty ironic: Michael Petrelis from San Fransisco, who writes a blog on LGBT issues, donated the books up to the Wasilla library as a gift.  The donation sought to commemorate Banned Books Week, which reminds us that there's still thought police out there who do not trust young people enough to think for themselves.  Rather fittingly, Wasilla basically banned the Banned Books Week donation: the books will be sold to raise money for the library at a book sale.

Depressing, depressing stuff.


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