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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."


YOU HAVEN'T EVEN READ THE CONSTITUTION!!!!!
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)
o_O

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)
LOL.
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)
/facepalm
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)
Photobucket
mollywobbles867 19th-Oct-2010 05:19 pm (UTC)


hinoema 20th-Oct-2010 09:54 am (UTC)
Best. One. Ever.
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