Rosie O’Donnell will need a new forum for her views

Rosie O’Donnell is out on “The View,” AP is reporting, because she could not reach a new contract with ABC.

In the wake of the Don Imus situation, I wonder if ABC did not want to continue to draw the ire of Christian groups for O’Donnell’s statements.

She said a while back that “radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America.”

And after last week’s Supreme Court decision upholding the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, Rosie really went off:

“You know what concerns me?” she said on “The View.” “How many Supreme Court judges are Catholic?”

“Five,” Barbara Walters answered.

“Five,” O’Donnell said. “How about separation of church and state in America?”

Then O’Donnell said: “If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.”

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.