Christine O’Donnell: the gift that keeps on giving

I’m going to miss Christine O’Donnell when this election is over and she is remembered only by political junkies and PS professors (I think I may show her “I’m not a witch; I’m you” ad to students for many years).   The latest: she was somehow unaware that the 1st amendment actually calls for a separation of church and state:

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?”

Yikes.  My guess is that O’Donnell is so used to listening to the conservative claptrap about the particular phrase “separation of church and state” not being in the Constitution that she failed to realize that the concept most definitely is embodied in the Constitution– in the establishment clause referenced by Coons.   Those Tea Partiers who love their Constitution so much might want to learn what it actually says.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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