Tag: Christine O’Donnell

O'Donnell: "That’s in the First Amendment?"

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | October 19, 2010 2:59 pm

Eye-opening video of the exchange described in the previous post when during a Senatorial debate Christine O’Donnell asked Chris Coons “Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” (At 2:50)

It’s important to note that the Tea Party is NOT synonymous with the Republican party.

* As Phil explains:

I suspect some people in the comments will want to get pedantic, and point out that..O’Donnell was trying to be clever, talking about the literal expression “separation of Church and State” not being in the First Amendment. That is true (although the expression was first used by Thomas Jefferson). However, her opponent then goes on to quote the First Amendment more or less correctly, saying “the government shall make no establishment of religion”, to which O’Donnell asks, “That’s in the First Amendment?”. If she was trying to be clever, she failed.

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Creationism in the Classroom and The Separation of Church and State

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | October 19, 2010 11:37 am

More nonsense from the Mad Tea Party at WashPo:

PH2010101903304WILMINGTON, Del. — Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell of Delaware on Tuesday questioned whether the U.S. Constitution calls for a separation of church and state, appearing to disagree or not know that the First Amendment bars the government from establishing religion.

The exchange came in a debate before an audience of legal scholars and law students at Widener University Law School, as O’Donnell criticized Democratic nominee Chris Coons’ position that teaching creationism in public school would violate the First Amendment by promoting religious doctrine.

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?”

I remind you this was a real Senatorial debate–not an episode of  Saturday Night Live. Read the full and embarrassing story at The Washington Post

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Politics and Science

A Mad Tea Party

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | October 18, 2010 5:38 pm

And we’re not in Wonderland…

Elections should not be a popularity contest of reality television-like, over-the-top, nonsensical personalities. Political decisions must be based on real issues affecting our families, our lives, our collective future. Over at Southern Fried Science, David explains why scientists need to be interested and engaged in politics:

The Tea Party movement is anti-science. They believe global warming to be a hoax. They believe that evolution isn’t real. They are against stem cell research. They are against science-based regulation.

In our political system, decisions are made by those who show up. The outcome of the 2010 midterm election will affect United States science policy. Regardless of your views on government spending, people who care about science policy should reject the Tea Party.

Exactly. Now go read his terrific post and make sure you vote! Because I fear we’re falling down a dangerous rabbit hole where nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?

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