"Debate Madness Week" continued this morning with another battle between Delaware's Christine O'Donnell and Chris Coons. Coons only had to recite the damn First Amendment to O'Donnell, to prove that religious freedom is established within it. O'Donnell still looked skeptical!
You know, for all the talk about how bad Christine O'Donnell is, we like this Chris Coons guy! He's a sharp debater and he can recite much of the Constitution by memory, which comes in handy during debates against hucksters who are always babbling about restoring "constitutional principles" but don't actually... well, you'll see. Via CBS News:
Coons said that creationism, which he considers "a religious doctrine," should not be taught in public schools due to the Constitution's First Amendment. He argued that it explicitly enumerates the separation of church and state.
"The First Amendment does?" O'Donnell asked. "Let me just clarify: You're telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?"
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion," Coons responded, reciting from memory the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
"That's in the First Amendment...?" O'Donnell responded.
Also during the debate, O'Donnell stumbled when asked whether or not she would repeal the 14th, 16th, or 17th Amendments if elected.
"The 17th Amendment I would not repeal," she said, before asking the questioner to define the 14th and 16th amendments, adding: "I'm sorry, I didn't bring my Constitution with me."
The First Amendment discussion starts at 5:57 in the clip up top; the part about the 14th, 16th and 17th amendments starts around 3:00. And thanks to whomever at Widener University made this beautiful high-resolution clip!