Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party, and constitutional ignorance
Coons interjected, “"One of those indispensable principles is the separation of church and state."
"Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?" O’Donnell shot back.
The crowd laughed in disbelief. Worse, O’Donnell clearly seemed to feel that they were laughing with her, not at her, as she continued her descent.
"The First Amendment establishes the separation, the fact that the federal government shall not establish religion," Coons explained.
"The First Amendment does?" O’Donnell pressed incredulously. "You're telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?"
Unfortunately for her, the audience was a collection of legal scholars and law students at Widener University Law School, where the debate was being hosted, thus their laughter at her non-existent grasp of Constitutional Law. (Read the full article here)
Posted by Doug Mesner at 9:56 AM