Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"You're telling me that's in the First Amendment?"

  • Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell, told by Democratic opponent Chris Coons during a debate that the First Amendment bars Congress from making laws respecting the establishment of religion, to audible gasps in the audience.

1 comment:

Christa Jeanne said...

Not to be persnickety, but no, O'Donnell was responding to Coons saying that "separation of church and state" was in the First Amendment, which it's not. "Separation of church and state" originated in a letter Jefferson penned to the Danbury Baptists Association in 1803 and only entered our national dialogue when the Supreme Court decided to reference that letter in a ruling.

So, long story short, O'Donnell was actually correct.

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