O'Donnell gets Coons for Constitutional Law 101
October 19th, 2010
02:16 PM ET

O'Donnell gets Coons for Constitutional Law 101

Editor's Note: CNN's Alexander Mooney filed this report.

Christine O'Donnell received a lesson on the Constitution at Delaware's Widener Law School Tuesday, but unfortunately for the Republican Senate candidate it came during a debate with Democrat Chris Coons.

On the issue of whether creationism should be taught in public schools, a highly skeptical O'Donnell questioned Coon's assertion that the First Amendment calls for the separation of church and state.

"The First Amendment does?" O'Donnell asked during the Tuesday morning debate. "Let me just clarify: You're telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?"

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soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. 4sanity

    Christine O'Donnell – living proof that "refudiates" Intelligent Design.

    October 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  2. Delaware Citizen Against Marxism

    Nowhere in the 1st Amendment does it mention the separation of church and state and that was O'Donnell's point. The 1st Amendment prevents the government from establishing a national religion and prevents them from prohibiting the free practice of religion. In fact, it was only meant to be one sided, nowhere does it state the religion should not be involved in the establishment of government, just that government cannot be involved in the establishment of religion. The term "separation of church and state" comes from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist Association in 1802 to assure them that the government would not pass laws prohibiting the practice of their religion.

    "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God ... that the legislative powers of government ... should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; thus building a wall of separation between church and state." ~ Thomas Jefferson

    Sorry people. Although, I believe she didn't make herself as clear as she should have, O'Donnell was correct.

    October 20, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  3. Norm

    Oh this poor young lady has done it again. I thought she was only going to do Fox interviews.
    How did this debate with all the pesky questions get into the mix?
    The voters don't want anyone that's book smart, they want someone pretty or cute or has a great smile.
    Stop ruining the party with these IQ tests. That's not fair. We want a leader that will run things with the emotions and their heart, not their brain or logic. "Yes we know it's not right, but that's what we WANT to do"....

    October 20, 2010 at 10:10 am |
    • Frogist

      LOL@Norm: Unfortunately, it's funny cuz it's true...

      October 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  4. Winston5

    Ah. Haha, hhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

    October 20, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  5. dina

    Wow, someone who is less informed thant that Sarah Palin woman. Must be in the Tea Bag water.

    October 20, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  6. MichigIndian

    Didn't I see O'Donell on JayWalk All-Stars?

    October 20, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  7. rustyshunt

    I haven't seen a female politician this stupid since..............
    The LAST female politician!

    October 20, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  8. sedgwickgrad

    O'Donnell may or may not be a nut job, but every time she opens her mouth she's proves she's stupid and silly.

    October 20, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  9. lauradet

    Okay, Delaware. Now that you see that O'Donnell is not too bright do you think you can get off your behinds and VOTE so she does not get into office?

    October 20, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  10. lauradet

    Okay, Delaware. Now that you see O'Donnell is not very bright, do you think you can now get off your butts and VOTE so she does not get into office?

    October 20, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  11. rndmcfarlane

    Everyone has a faith of some kind, so it matters not to me what hers is. It does however matter that she is so weak minded not to understand the very basics of our republic. She will be called upon to cast votes on some of the most important issues of the day, and if the make up of the Senate is evenly split she could be the swing vote. That scares me....

    October 20, 2010 at 5:52 am |
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