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Another Guest Bites The Dust

Reported by Ellen - May 26, 2005

The third guest in the past few months hung up on Alan Colmes last night in the middle of an interview during his Fox News radio show.

Last night's runaway guest was Rev. Creighton Lovelace, a North Carolina Baptist minister, who posted on his church marquis, "The Koran Needs to Be Flushed."

Rev. Lovelace has since removed the sign and began to read a written apology that was at odds with his earlier explanation to Alan (unintelligible to me) as to why he put the sign up in the first place (something to do with only the Bible being the word of God). Obviously, he has come under a lot of public scrutiny and pressure.

Alan Colmes' questioning was relentless and critical but neither harsh nor hostile. I have heard him be much tougher on other guests.

Shortly before the first break, Colmes asked a number of questions about desecrating or burning the Bible and/or the Koran. Lovelace ducked the questions.

Colmes said, "You're wriggling out of these answers because you're saying one thing about the Bible and something else about the Koran. When I asked you point blank if you would support burning the Koran, you don't want to answer the question."

Either that or the opening question after the break was too much for poor Rev. Lovelace. When the commercials ended, Colmes read some criticisms of Lovelace from other arms of the Baptist Church. Colmes added, "You're out of touch with the mainstream of your own church." Lovelace never answered. When the show tried to call him back, they got a busy signal for the rest of the hour.

Hasta la vista, Lovelace. Oh, and Earth to Laura Bush again! Maybe you'd like to think some more about your statement to FOX News last week that "I think it's really important for America to be able to get over to people in the Middle East what we are really like, and that freedom of religion and respect for other people's religion is a very, very important part of our country."

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