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WILMINGTON, Del. — Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell of Delaware on Tuesday questioned whether the U.S. Constitution calls for a separation of church and state, appearing to disagree or not know that the First Amendment bars the government from establishing religion.

The exchange came in a debate before an audience of legal scholars and law students at Widener University Law School, as O'Donnell criticized Democratic nominee Chris Coons' position that teaching creationism in public school would violate the First Amendment by promoting religious doctrine.

Coons said private and parochial schools are free to teach creationism but that "religious doctrine doesn't belong in our public schools."

"Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?" O'Donnell asked him.

When Coons responded that the First Amendment bars Congress from making laws respecting the establishment of religion, O'Donnell asked: "You're telling me that's in the First Amendment?"

Her comments, in a debate aired on radio station WDEL, generated a buzz in the audience.

"You actually audibly heard the crowd gasp," said Widener University political scientist Wesley Leckrone, adding that he thought it raised questions about O'Donnell's grasp of the Constitution.

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Someone explain to me how this person is a viable senate candidate? Because I really don't understand.

ETA: the video of the exchange was posted here
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rex_dart 19th-Oct-2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
crossfire 19th-Oct-2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
yay airplane! gif
nothingmuch 19th-Oct-2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
During the exchange, she said Coons' views on creationism showed that he believes in big-government mandates.

"Talk about imposing your beliefs on the local schools," she said. "You've just proved how little you know not just about constitutional law but about the theory of evolution."

saramiskismet 19th-Oct-2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
I feel like if some kind of requirement was ever put in place, reading and taking a test over the content of the Constitution should be that requirement.
I mean, it's sort of like the employment contract they're signing, we should make sure they know wtf it is.
jesidres The video19th-Oct-2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
rex_dart Re: The video19th-Oct-2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
I love the way her smug little smiles become gradually less smug as she slowly realizes that the law students are laughing at her.
cpsings4him 19th-Oct-2010 04:36 pm (UTC)

The Constitution: How does it work??
trojanchick99 19th-Oct-2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
You win.
saramiskismet 19th-Oct-2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Ohmygod, so she's not just a jerk, she legitimately does not KNOW.

This. I just. Bwuh.

Please keep digging your hole deeper
thecityofdis 19th-Oct-2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
I... wait, what?

I don't know why I'm even surprised anymore.
bowtomecha 19th-Oct-2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
She's absolutely right. Where does it say this in the 14 commandments?
lightbird777 19th-Oct-2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
escherichiacola 19th-Oct-2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Think it's time for Coons to go on Colbert and talk about how much he loves cocaine.
militsa 19th-Oct-2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
This kind of thing begs the question: Is the U.S. a democracy too much?
thecityofdis 19th-Oct-2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Is our children learning?
popehippo 19th-Oct-2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I just made the exact same expression in your icon, OP.
shoujokakumei 19th-Oct-2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
lykomancer 19th-Oct-2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, this is painful to watch.

Olbermann's gonna have a field day with this tonight. *pops popcorn*
empressfunk 19th-Oct-2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
Right? Oh man, I can't wait to get home and watch him and Maddow.
lightbird777 19th-Oct-2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
"Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?" O'Donnell asked him.

Wow. Just wow.
nikoel 19th-Oct-2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
That's when you pull up Constitution your iphone app and say "You're an idiot."
wrestlingdog 19th-Oct-2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
mollywobbles867 19th-Oct-2010 05:19 pm (UTC)

hinoema 20th-Oct-2010 09:54 am (UTC)
Best. One. Ever.
brandontaco 19th-Oct-2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
"Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?" O'Donnell asked him.
"Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?"
"Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?"

jasonbeast 19th-Oct-2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Someone explain to me how this person is a viable senate candidate? Because I really don't understand.

I read the first paragraph and opened the post just to say this. Seriously, WTF?
akuma_river 20th-Oct-2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Tea Party usurping the Republican party as the moderates flee to Indepedent status because they don't want to catch the stupid.

If she wins...then that's another thing alltogether.
sarien 19th-Oct-2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Coons is a bigger person than I am. How could he not roll on the floor and laugh his ass off when he debates her?
juliet316 19th-Oct-2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
He wants to get elected. There are some who, regardless of how naive and a bit crazy we think O'Donnell is, who would vote for her if Coons was seen laughing at her, simply be cause in their minds it would be "OMG! He laughed at a woman! He's obviously against women! I'm support the poor woman he laughed at."

He probably laughed once he got into the privacy of his own home though.
lickety_split 19th-Oct-2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
I need some more tea or coffee or something because the first time I read through this I was like, "OMG WHY THE FUCK DO THEY KEEP REFERRING TO US AS COONS AND WHY IS NO ONE COMMENTING ON IT????"
angelofdeath275 19th-Oct-2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
I thought the SAME THING
angelofdeath275 19th-Oct-2010 05:31 pm (UTC)

They shouldn't just dropped her outta the race after this. Like no, you've lost.
cookie_nut 19th-Oct-2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
doctoreon 19th-Oct-2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
I'd like to remind everyone of the requirements to be a senator:

1. Be at least 30 years old.

2. Be a U.S. citizen for at least nine years at the time of election to the Senate.

3. Be a resident of the state one is elected to represent in the Senate.

That's it. There's not even a consciousness requirement, let alone an "understand the basic laws of the country" requirement.
tinylegacies 19th-Oct-2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
There is something wrong with that.
dumblesinwinter 19th-Oct-2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
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jwaneeta 19th-Oct-2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
I watched this with my mouth literally hanging open. And when the audience jeers, she grins and nods at them, thinking they're cheering her on, that she just made a devastating point.

Oh my god, I just... the impenetrable, obdurate stupidity... what is this I don't even

Edited at 2010-10-19 05:34 pm (UTC)
homasse 20th-Oct-2010 12:05 am (UTC)
She had no idea they were laughing at her. None.
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