Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The First Amendment heats up: The historical background

The First Amendment heats up: The historical background; The LA Times

Oh no, O'Donnell is against repealing the 17th Amendment (see her comment in the video), but I thought the Tea Party was in lock step?

Many Americans were shocked by the debate over the 1st Amendment between Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell and her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons.

This time witchcraft was not the center of the zeitgeist, rather it was something much more central to American life. The 1st Amendment began showing up in Google Trends near the end of the day Tuesday, along with “separation of church and state.”

It lead many to wonder if people were fact-checking O’Donnell or brushing up for themselves on the Bill of Rights.

Ironically (or perhaps quite fittingly), the O’Donnell-Coons argument over the Constitution's exact wording occurred in a law school.

At Widener University Law School, the two candidates stumbled onto the topic of....
...“church and state” when they began talking about creationism -- Coons said that “religious doctrine doesn’t belong in our public schools.”

From there, O’Donnell began to question where in the Constitution it ever said “church and state.”

Read the whole article here.


Brian said...

On the whole neither candidate impressed me, and I thought both behaved like children from the limited amount of video displayed. Without a doubt these low quality candidates are the result of direct democracy. Now we have silly grand-standers and opportunists running for the Senate rather than the statesmen that occupied the Senate prior to 1913.

We put the power into the hands of the masses and supposedly took it away from the cigar smoke filled backrooms; after this video I’ll take the cigar smoked filled backrooms.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Brian that "On the whole neither candidate impressed me...", however I have never, ever, been remotely impressed by anyone in Congress, or running for Congress. HOWEVER, christine o'donnell is correct that the words "separation of church and state" DO NOT APPEAR in the first amendment. Hugo Black believed there should be a "separation of church and state" and this is what Chris Coons was referring to -- Hugo Black was also at one point a member of the KKK. Leave it to the democrats to quote a statist Supreme Court Justice and former member of the KKK.