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Watch: In Debate, Christine O'Donnell Asks, 'Where in the Constitution is the Separation of Church and State?'


At a Widener Law School debate this morning against her Democratic opponent Chris Coons Delaware Teabagger GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell inspired gasps and laughter from the audience as she appeared not to know that the First Amendment calls for barring the government from establishing religion, the AP reports:

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?"


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  1. F*ck me running . . .

    "Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?"

    Words fail me, but that evidence right there shows beyond the shadow of a doubt that she is completely unqualified to hold public office of any form.

    Posted by: David in Dallas | Oct 19, 2010 11:45:08 AM

  2. Oh, silly, silly woman. Don't you think you might want to brush up on the constitution before being in a debate about our country's laws?

    Christine O'Donnell = Poster Child for Ignorance

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 19, 2010 11:45:24 AM

  3. God that bitch is so fucking dumb. Does she even realize what a joke she is?

    Posted by: AlexM | Oct 19, 2010 11:45:59 AM

  4. Well, without trying to sound like Keith Olbermann, THE WOMAN IS AN IDIOT!

    Posted by: FrankLeeMyDear | Oct 19, 2010 11:47:39 AM

  5. That is incredible. I don't understand how a person could have even the most rudimetary, basic familiarity with the Constitution and not be aware of the first amendment. It's almost enough to make you beleive she's some sort of Manchurian candidate planted by progressives.

    Posted by: Chan | Oct 19, 2010 11:48:38 AM

  6. ok folks... the exact words, "separation of church and state are not *in that form* in the US constitution. They were however in letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists.

    just to be fair. Although the first ammendment does bar the "state" form impeding on religious liberties.

    Posted by: Powell | Oct 19, 2010 11:52:09 AM

  7. Maybe we should just scrap the Bill of Rights?

    The Tea Party wants to shred the Constitution.

    Our country is slipping away fast...

    Posted by: secure214 | Oct 19, 2010 11:52:22 AM

  8. Seriously, what planet is she from, or perhaps more appropriately, what planet or the dumbasses who voted for her from??

    Posted by: Dave | Oct 19, 2010 11:53:33 AM

  9. Proof that our educational system has failed us - you think she's alone in this sentiment?

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 19, 2010 11:54:17 AM

  10. I'm sure she doesn't want to appeal the 21st amendment... the one that gives her the constitutional right to drink a fifth of Jack before a debate.

    Posted by: kansastock | Oct 19, 2010 11:56:27 AM

  11. So "The Tea Party" = "The Know Nothings". Period.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 19, 2010 12:00:39 PM

  12. powell

    also Madison the actual main author of the constitution wrote many times about the phrase "wall of seperation between church and state" and many times about how a just government founded on liberty had no need of religion or clergy

    Madison was much more adamant than jefferson on the reson for the wall of separation was to protect the state from the church

    especially interesting when viewed in the historical context of the founders witnessing the devastation of europe by religion when given political power

    The intent of the authors is evident to everyone but scalia and o'donnell

    Posted by: | Oct 19, 2010 12:00:48 PM

  13. what's more frightening is that Texas will in 15 to 20 years turn out more O'Donnell's with their re writing the education system.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 19, 2010 12:02:36 PM

  14. Separation of church and state is implicit within the first amendment:

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

    The Constitution was drafted as response to English government, where church and state are intertwined. If church and state were not separate, one religion or denomination would reign over others, establishing a defacto state religion and disrupting free exercise of any other belief.

    This woman has gone crackers.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Oct 19, 2010 12:05:54 PM

  15. @Powell is correct, it's not verbatim "separation of church and state" in the Constitution. That will be enough for teabaggers not only to excuse O'Donnell, but deride Coons for not getting it exactly "right," so to speak (pun intended, re: teabaggers).

    Posted by: latebrosus | Oct 19, 2010 12:07:50 PM

  16. I like her. She is a gooder talker than that other dude as such.

    Posted by: Miss Teen South Carolina | Oct 19, 2010 12:21:21 PM

  17. Remember a few months ago when Sarah Palin tweeted that people were trying to "take away Laura Slessinger's first amendment rights" because they were lambasting her for the use of the n-word eleven times on her radio program (Sarah also said something similiar about herself a year or so earlier when she was being criticized.) It's no surprise that Ms. O'Donnell is an idiot when her patron saint seems to believe that her first amendment rights are being violated when she's criticized.

    Can we please let the smart people back into politics now? I'm losing weight vomitting every time I hear something stupid come out of these tea party candidate's mouths.

    Posted by: Bart | Oct 19, 2010 12:30:23 PM

  18. OF course she is an idiot --- sorry folks the VAST majority of American/Humans are idiots.

    The rich corrupt internationalists figures this out LONG AGO --- and they play to them for power.

    This is an old story.

    Look around your at family-- seriously how many of them are idiots and LIKE other idiots.

    How many still question if being gay is a choice?

    How many question evolution?

    How many believe in Federal Anarchy (no fedral taxes / no federal services) ?

    That is America.

    Posted by: tony x | Oct 19, 2010 12:30:27 PM

  19. Surely Ms. O'Donnell don't need no more edumacation??!!

    DOh my God!

    Posted by: Paul in Canada | Oct 19, 2010 12:32:50 PM

  20. Jeeze, it doesn't get much dumber than this. Out of the original 10 amendments that make up our Bill of Rights, this was NUMBER ONE!


    I can't wait until tonight. Cenk is going to tear her apart for this on TYT.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Oct 19, 2010 12:47:17 PM

  21. @tony x

    In answer to all of your questions I respond: None. Not one friend or family member of mine thinks one of those things. Then again, we live in northeastern Massachusetts where education is king (well, as far as the US goes anyway).

    Posted by: ravewulf | Oct 19, 2010 12:57:55 PM

  22. You'd think a witch would appreciate the separation of church and state. Does she not know about the Salem witch trials that resulted in the genocide of her kind?

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Oct 19, 2010 1:02:28 PM


    Read up on it, Queens...

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Oct 19, 2010 1:10:12 PM

  24. That bitch is as dumb as a box of hair

    Posted by: Christopher | Oct 19, 2010 1:15:43 PM

  25. @Miss teen So Carolina:

    THANK YOU! I needed a good laugh today!

    Posted by: Christopher | Oct 19, 2010 1:17:05 PM

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