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Exclusive: O’Donnell Clarifies First Amendment Remarks (Debate with Coons on 'Separation' Issue)
National Review ^ | 10/20/2010 | Katrina Trinko

Posted on 10/20/2010 6:53:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

In an exclusive interview with Battle ’10, Republican senate candidate Christine O’Donnell talked about her remarks made earlier this morning that the words “separation of church and state” are not present in the Constitution.

“It seems the AP and others are twisting it out of context,” O’Donnell said. “What I was trying to prove is that my opponent does not know the First Amendment.”

“What our constitution prevents is … government establishing a religion, but it also says that it won’t prohibit free exercise thereof,” argued O’Donnell.

O’Donnell’s original comment was made to address a question asked in a debate this morning about whether local public schools could teach creationism. Talking to Battle ‘10, O’Donnell said that if the local school board approves, there was nothing unconstitutional about a public school teaching the intelligent design theory.

“He’s [Coons] saying the school board has no right do that, that the First Amendment prevents that,” she said. “My position was that’s not true. It gives them the freedom to teach that if that’s what local schools want.”

“And he said federal government should stop that,” O’Donnell added. “He very clearly said … he would prevent local schools from teaching intelligent design.”

O’Donnell stressed that preventing schools from the possibility of teaching intelligent design would violate the First Amendment clause that Congress could not prohibit “the free exercise thereof” of religion. “He [Coons] forgot to quote [that] part,” she said.

In a statement, campaign manager Matt Moran said, “In this morning’s WDEL debate, Christine O’Donnell was not questioning the concept of separation of church and state as subsequently established by the courts. She simply made the point that the phrase appears nowhere in the Constitution. It was in fact Chris Coons who demonstrated his ignorance of our country’s founding documents when he could not name the five freedoms contained in the First Amendment.”

O’Donnell also told Battle ’10 that race was “going very well.” Arguing that Coons would be a rubber stamp for the Obama/Reid agenda, O’Donnell said, “I don’t think people want more of the same coming from Washington.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: christineodonnell; coons; delaware; firstamendment

1 posted on 10/20/2010 6:53:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Christine is right and Coons is a typical liberal atheist asshat.


2 posted on 10/20/2010 6:54:37 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: Fishtalk; exit82; DelaWhere

FYI


3 posted on 10/20/2010 6:57:06 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: SeekAndFind
O'Donnell is absolutely right - the US Constitution nowhere provides for the contemporary notion of separation of church and state, and Coons does not have the first clue about the original, Federalist account of the US Constitution.

However, this is not an issue that is going to win over DE independents. On this issue, she is only speaking to the conservative Delawareans who are already willing to crawl over broken glass to vote for her.

She needs to forget about this distracting argument and focus on the fact that Coons spent all his time in local DE office either raising taxes, trying to raise taxes more or helping his cronies line their pockets with fat pensions paid for by the DE taxpayer.

4 posted on 10/20/2010 6:58:36 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: SeekAndFind
The left hears what they want and the parrots in the media go along with it. We saw that on Monday with Sarah's "Party like it's 1773.

They really are not smart enough to realize how stupid they are.

5 posted on 10/20/2010 7:00:03 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Current count of friends/family who have abandoned Obama: 11)
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To: thethirddegree
I love how the media has been absolutely fixated by the Delaware race. It's drawn so much energy out of them, they look obsessed. They want some, any glimmer of good news come election night. They can fellate themselves election night as the douche Coons wins, meanwhile there will be hundreds of Republican victory parties going on everywhere as Nancy Pelosi rubs the gavel in her San Francisco office like Golum coveted the Ring. I am hoping Obama is so upset he smokes 5 packs of Cigarettes and wheezes himself to sleep at 5AM.
6 posted on 10/20/2010 7:01:26 AM PDT by pburgh01
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To: Michael.SF.
They really are not smart enough to realize how stupid they are.

Reminds me of a quote:

"The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has limits"

7 posted on 10/20/2010 7:08:20 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Christine O’Donnell was awesome on the matter of the First Amendment. It is staggering idiocy among the orthodoxy that they churn out little apparatchik law students by the dozens who are clueless. When they graduate and can’t find a job in Coons’ workers paradise maybe they’ll get a clue.

In the interim, as an old timer, it’s encouraging for me personally to know that there are younger people who do have a clue, like Christine. No matter how this plays out, I hope she sticks around in politics. She and Sarah and Rand and Michele and Marco and LtCol West and all the other tea party patriots have got the right stuff.

But for this post, God bless Christine for standing tall and proud and telling these nitwit lefties what’s what. But for people like Christine O’Donnell we’d all be living in the gulag.


8 posted on 10/20/2010 7:10:15 AM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: thethirddegree

Michael Medved spent several minutes - till I turned him off - declaring that Christine is dumb as rocks on this issue. He is the idiot and this is one more reason I skip his show.


9 posted on 10/20/2010 7:14:17 AM PDT by q_an_a (a)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s called Article 3.


10 posted on 10/20/2010 7:22:06 AM PDT by Huck (Antifederalist BRUTUS should be required reading.)
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To: pburgh01

“I am hoping Obama is so upset he smokes 5 packs of cigs and wheezes himself to sleep at 5 am.”

LOL,pburgh01!


11 posted on 10/20/2010 7:24:31 AM PDT by Mountain Mary ("May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it" Sarah Palin)
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To: PaleoBob

Excellent comments, PaleoBob.


12 posted on 10/20/2010 7:25:46 AM PDT by Mountain Mary ("May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it" Sarah Palin)
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To: Thermalseeker

Tagline officially stolen ... lol


13 posted on 10/20/2010 7:26:26 AM PDT by dartuser ("The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has limits.")
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To: wideawake
O'Donnell is absolutely right - the US Constitution nowhere provides for the contemporary notion of separation of church and state, and Coons does not have the first clue about the original, Federalist account of the US Constitution.

Sure it does. It provides for a supreme, unaccountable judiciary empowered to interpret the Constitution, whose opinions carry the full force of Constitutional law, without appeal.

However, this is not an issue that is going to win over DE independents. On this issue, she is only speaking to the conservative Delawareans who are already willing to crawl over broken glass to vote for her.

That's true. She fell right into a trap. And she didn't even do a good job of it. Maybe had she said, "Where are THE WORDS 'separation of church and state' in the Constitution." But even then, as you say, she's preaching to the very small choir of DE conservatives, and showing her hand to moderates who won't understand or like the point she was ineptly trying to make. And she's ignoring Article 3. She might have tried making it an argument about judges, but that's tired at this point.

She needs to forget about this distracting argument and focus on the fact that Coons spent all his time in local DE office either raising taxes, trying to raise taxes more or helping his cronies line their pockets with fat pensions paid for by the DE taxpayer.

It's too late. She's so done.

14 posted on 10/20/2010 7:28:31 AM PDT by Huck (Antifederalist BRUTUS should be required reading.)
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To: thethirddegree

She just muddled it some more. The first amendment prohibts the U.S. Congress from establishing religion, not “government.” Essentially, she has shifted to the postion outlined by Coons.


15 posted on 10/20/2010 7:28:45 AM PDT by Captain Kirk (Q)
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To: PaleoBob

Awesome? In the debate she accurately said that the Constitution does not prohbit “government” from establishing religion, not she says that it does.


16 posted on 10/20/2010 7:31:08 AM PDT by Captain Kirk (Q)
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To: q_an_a

As I was channel surfing last night it seemed all the usual sudpects in the LSM were having a field day declaring how stupid Christine is. I’d bet a paycheck that she knows more than any of them overall about the Constitution.


17 posted on 10/20/2010 7:33:20 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (RINOs be gone!)
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To: Mountain Mary

I can remember being at the Md. State Fair in the summer of 1964, a 13 year-old pie-eyed volunteer selling cans of “Goldwater” for 25 cent contributions—but I don’t think I was ever prouder to be a conservative American than I was when I heard Christine stand up and speak to truth to the Marxist orthodoxy yesterday. I just loved it.


18 posted on 10/20/2010 7:33:31 AM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: SeekAndFind

Since she is only down 5-8% I wouldn’t count her out by any stretch. Polls are useless until 24 hrs prior to the vote and even then this year is impossible to predict.

Pray for America


19 posted on 10/20/2010 7:34:47 AM PDT by bray (A November to Remember)
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To: q_an_a

Same here! I SO hope she wins, just so I can call his show and rub it in his face! With ‘friends’ like Medved, who needs enemies?


20 posted on 10/20/2010 7:39:58 AM PDT by Mama Shawna
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To: Thermalseeker
LOL. I like that quote. Do you know the origin?
21 posted on 10/20/2010 7:44:02 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Current count of friends/family who have abandoned Obama: 11)
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To: pburgh01
It's drawn so much energy out of them, they look obsessed.

100% agreed, O'Donnell is serving as a very useful distraction. We lose Delaware but could gain: Wisc., CA, NV. Illinois, PA, AK, WA and others.

22 posted on 10/20/2010 7:48:05 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Current count of friends/family who have abandoned Obama: 11)
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To: SeekAndFind; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; dools0007world; Gilbo_3; ...
RE :”The government shall make no establishment of religion,” Coons said, summarizing the gist of the specific words in the First Amendment's establishment clause. “That's in the First Amendment?” O'Donnell asked again, eliciting further laughter from the room

MSNBC is playing this clip over and over on each show.

The problem is she responding to the statement “..the government shall make no establishment of religion” with “..that is in the first amendment? “ . She may not have meant that sequence of wording but it made her look like she got in over her head.

Before that Coon got off on the old ‘interpreting the constitution as it exists today as settled law’ that Scalia would have ripped apart. But for CO'D it was looking for trouble to try this line of argument.

O'Donnell's Constitution Question Floors Audience

23 posted on 10/20/2010 8:09:15 AM PDT by sickoflibs ("It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: thethirddegree
Christine is right and Coons is a typical liberal atheist asshat.

That nasty Constitutional thingy again. Damn!

24 posted on 10/20/2010 8:11:04 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Michael.SF.
LOL. I like that quote. Do you know the origin?

No idea of the origin.

25 posted on 10/20/2010 8:12:24 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: Michael.SF.
100% agreed, O'Donnell is serving as a very useful distraction. We lose Delaware but could gain: Wisc., CA, NV. Illinois, PA, AK, WA and others

The media has made ODonnell a proxy for Sarah Palin. She is articulate, smart, plain spoken and what the preponderance of homosexuals and ugly hags in the MSM really hate..attractive. You can't score a touchdown on every play and if we can win 80% of the close races we win, as my favorite Ole Ball coach Steve Spurrier used to say "Moral victories are for losers" and ODonnell losing is a big fat moral victory for the Bill Mahers and Chissy Matthews

26 posted on 10/20/2010 8:14:31 AM PDT by pburgh01
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To: SeekAndFind
God Bless Christine O'Donnell.

She is taking the brunt of the hateful onslaught from the Ruling Class media and it's followers.

In a way, the public preoccupation with her is helping other candidates, who are saved some of the smears that might otherwise come their way from the media.

27 posted on 10/20/2010 8:18:05 AM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment (Is this field required?)
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To: pburgh01

Even if she loses, she has moved the ball.


28 posted on 10/20/2010 8:18:27 AM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have a question for Freepers: Whose face/expression would you most like to see on national TV on election night if O’Donnell wins?
Mine would be my friend, Karl’s.


29 posted on 10/20/2010 8:21:25 AM PDT by Mountain Mary ("May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it" Sarah Palin)
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To: pburgh01

they (Dems and media) take a race they probably would have won anyhow and fixate on it since it has a socially conservative woman who came out of nowhere in it and when she loses ..given what an uphill battle

then they can claim see...we were right

and the RINO beltway types pile on too

for the record I sent her 500 bucks last week and may send more, she is not the strongest presence I would desire but her everywoman thing inspires me and she understands the culture war


30 posted on 10/20/2010 8:25:49 AM PDT by wardaddy (the redress over anything minority is a cancer in our country...stage 4)
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To: B Knotts
Even if she loses, she has moved the ball.

I guess throwing an interception is, technically, moving the ball.

31 posted on 10/20/2010 8:34:37 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Thermalseeker

Here’s another good quote.

Fools make feasts, and wise men eat them.


32 posted on 10/20/2010 8:51:48 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Michael.SF.

Several sites attribute it to Albert Einsten


33 posted on 10/20/2010 9:53:56 AM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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