Skip to comments.Exclusive: O’Donnell Clarifies First Amendment Remarks (Debate with Coons on 'Separation' Issue)
Posted on 10/20/2010 6:53:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
In an exclusive interview with Battle 10, Republican senate candidate Christine ODonnell 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, ODonnell 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 wont prohibit free exercise thereof, argued ODonnell.
ODonnells 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, ODonnell said that if the local school board approves, there was nothing unconstitutional about a public school teaching the intelligent design theory.
Hes [Coons] saying the school board has no right do that, that the First Amendment prevents that, she said. My position was thats not true. It gives them the freedom to teach that if thats what local schools want.
And he said federal government should stop that, ODonnell added. He very clearly said he would prevent local schools from teaching intelligent design.
ODonnell 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 mornings WDEL debate, Christine ODonnell 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 countrys founding documents when he could not name the five freedoms contained in the First Amendment.
ODonnell also told Battle 10 that race was going very well. Arguing that Coons would be a rubber stamp for the Obama/Reid agenda, ODonnell said, I dont think people want more of the same coming from Washington.
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.
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.
That nasty Constitutional thingy again. Damn!
No idea of the origin.
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
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.
Even if she loses, she has moved the ball.
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.
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
I guess throwing an interception is, technically, moving the ball.
Here’s another good quote.
Fools make feasts, and wise men eat them.
Several sites attribute it to Albert Einsten
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