There was a debate between Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons, and the way the media… I read this this morning, and I knew — I just knew but I didn’t have time to get into the details at the time, but I knew — with what I had read that it could not be this way. There was a story that was written in such a way as to make the reader believe that Christine O’Donnell did not know that the First Amendment prohibited the government from establishing a religion. The story was written in such a way they had Christine O’Donnell saying, “You’re telling me that’s in the First Amendment?” What she was talking about was this idiot Coons talking about “the separation of church and state.” She was saying, “Are you telling me separation of church and state’s in the Constitution?” because it isn’t.
There’s nothing in the Constitution about separation of which you need and state. It was Coons who couldn’t figure out what’s in the Constitution. It’s Coons who didn’t know what he was talking about. And so the panic in the State-Controlled Media, they write a story making it look like O’Donnell doesn’t know what she’s talking about. They had to misquote her and take her out of context in order to make this point. “Are you telling me that that’s in the First Amendment?” meaning, the government cannot officially sponsor a religion. That’s not what she was expressing incredulity over. She was incredulous that somebody was saying that the Constitution said, “There must be separation between church and state.” Those words are not in the Constitution.
Back to Delaware here. I’m reading this story today, and it makes it out like Christine O’Donnell did not know that the First Amendment forbids the establishment of religion by government. My first reaction when I read it was to call somebody. I said, “What the hell is this?” I said, “This can’t be. I’m not going to call anybody. This has to be an out-and-out lie.” Here’s a partial sound bite from a debate this morning in Wilmington. At the Widener Law School during the debate ba-da ba-da ba-da, a discussion of evolution and creationism, after Coons said, “Private and parochial schools are free to teach creationism but that religious doctrine doesn’t belong in public schools.” Christine O’Donnell and Coons had this exchange about “the separation of church and state.”
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O’DONNELL: Where in the Constitution is separation of church and state?
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