By Brit Hume, ,
Published May 21, 2015
And now the most scintillating two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
French officials are complaining that the United States and Britain kept them in the dark about the deal with Libya to surrender its weapons of mass destruction. An aide to French President Jacques Chirac (search) insists it's part of a -- "deliberate strategy" within the Bush administration to isolate France. And a spokesman for the opposition Socialist party, quoted by London's Telegraph, agrees, saying the deal signifies -- "the isolation of France and French diplomacy in an area where it is traditionally influential." Some French media go even further. The normally pro-government Le Figaro calls the Libyan deal a -- "semi-failure" for France.
The Palestinian Authority (search) has told international and Arab news networks that they will have to pay a fee if they want to broadcast from the area near Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity this Christmas. What's more, the deputy chairman of the Palestinian Broadcasting Authority says Palestinian police and his office will supervise and arrange all such broadcasts. According to the Haaretz newspaper, television crews will have to pay a total of $1,500 dollars to broadcast from outside the church. Broadcasting from inside the church will cost up to four times that.
Here at home, the village of Glenview, Illinois, has ordered firefighters to take down the Christmas lights and Christmas tree inside their firehouse because some residents find them offensive. And the Affirmative Action Office at Central Michigan University has posted a "Christmas Warning" on its Web site, saying -- "It is inappropriate to decorate things with Santa Claus or reindeer or other 'Christmas decorations. ... Good ideas for decorations during this time are snowflakes [and] snowpeople." The warning made no mention of other holidays. A civil rights group complained, and the warning has since been replaced with a -- "suggestion... [to] please be sensitive and respectful of others of all cultural traditions."
And remember that district court judge in Iowa we told you about last week, whom some conservative groups accused of trying to legalize gay unions by granting a gay divorce? Judge Jeffrey Neary last month approved a divorce between two women who were joined in a civil union in Vermont last year and then moved back to Iowa. Well, Neary now insists he wasn't trying to set a precedent because he didn't even realize the two were both women until after he signed off on the divorce. According to Neary, he was just trying to resolve a legal issue for two people who needed it.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report