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Observations on the pathetic state of American politics

Separation of church and state? Nah!

I can’t wait to see how the right-wingers spin this one.  In a debate with her Democratic opponent for a Delaware Senate seat, Tea Party darling Christine O’Donnell let slip that there is no basis for separation of church and state in the U.S. Constitution.  Seriously.  Here’s a summary of the exchange:

    O’Donnell: Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?

    Chris Coons: The First Amendment establishes the separation, the fact that the federal government shall not establish religion.

    O’Donnell: The First Amendment does?  You’re telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment? That’s in the First Amendment?

Surprise! Surprise! This is the same woman who called President Obama “anti-American” because he didn’t vote to establish English as the official language of the U.S. and claimed to have classified information that China is plotting to take over America. At least she’s not into witchcraft or something really wacky.

Oct. 20 update:  Here’s a Slate comment on efforts to explain Ms. O’Donnell’s profound ignorance: “Christine O’Donnell’s cocky ignorance of the First Amendment”

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