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Oh God, Part 2

Reported by Ellen - December 7, 2004

I finished my O'Reilly watching just in time to catch the second hour of Alan Colmes' radio show, FOX News Live with Alan Colmes. I tuned in to find him talking to reporter Anita Vogel about the Cupertino, California school that "banned" a teacher from using the Declaration of Independence in his classroom. It turns out that's not quite the whole story but Hannity and Colmes are going all the way to Cupertino on Wednesday just to do a show about this burning topic.

As Vogel put it, the Cupertino teacher "feels religion is part of history" and uses handouts of George Washington's diaries and the Declaration of Independence in his classes. "Some people feel he cherry-picked the religious references," she said. In other words, the man is an evangelical. I know this because this same teacher was a guest on Colmes' show not long ago.

Colmes sounded indignant about the whole affair despite the fact that Anita Vogel made it clear that the teacher was not been banned from using the Declaration of Independence because it references God, the ban is on handing out religious references in the Declaration of Independence.

"So this has been mischaracterized," Colmes said, still sounding affronted on the teacher's behalf nevertheless.

"He's the only teacher being asked to submit lesson plans in advance," Vogel said. "The teacher feels they are important in teaching history lessons."

As part of the special coverage on Wednesday in Cupertino, Colmes invited listeners to be part of the audience (though it turned out there are probably no tickets left). Then he moved on to a "lightening round" segment that began with the next two topics: Is America a Christian nation and Should Christmas songs be taught in public schools?

Luckily for me, the third and final hour had some real substance to it. Colmes discussed a breaking story in today's New York Times that begins:

A classified cable sent by the Central Intelligence Agency's station chief in Baghdad has warned that the situation in Iraq is deteriorating and may not rebound any time soon, according to government officials.

The cable, sent late last month as the officer ended a yearlong tour, presented a bleak assessment on matters of politics, economics and security, the officials said. They said its basic conclusions had been echoed in briefings presented by a senior C.I.A. official who recently visited Iraq.

God help us.

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