Christine O'Donnell First Amendment Gaffe Video
Christine O'Donnell Questions Separation of Church & State
During a debate with Chris Coons at Widener University Law School, Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell was challenging her opponent on the teaching of religion in the classroom, asking, "Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?" (hint: First Amendment).
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The auditorium began to laugh at Christine O'Donnell, who in turn began to laugh as well. You can watch the entire Christine O'Donnell-Chris Coons First Amendment exchange here, and the key moment is viewable below.
While not everyone is expected to have memorized the Constitution of the United States in order to be a responsible citizen, we should have all at least made it past Amendment #1. This sort of mistake would be particularly glaring in front of a roomful of law students.
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.