Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Quote of the day

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I've just realised that I haven't really blogged about Christine O'Donnell, the US senatorial candidate for Delaware and Tea Party wildcard (something else I haven't blogged), which is rather surprising given that she currently appears to be on a mission to out-Palin Sarah Palin, who I spent much of this period in 2008 blogging all about.

You'll have no doubt heard about O'Donnell – she hit the headlines recently on account of her past admission that she "dabbled in witchcraft", but "never joined a coven", as well as for her, well, interesting views on science, having once said that "American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains".

The reason I bring her up today is that she may have just gone one better. Debating with her Democratic opponent Chris Coons in front of, wait for it, an audience of legal scholars and law students, O'Donnell asked the following:
"Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?"
 If you're unfamiliar with US politics (you're allowed to be - you may not be American, and you almost certainly aren't running for the US Senate), take a quick look at Wikipedia. Not the best error for a candidate to be making, I'm sure you'll agree. And it gets better. When Coons explained that the separation of church and state is provided for in the First Amendment of the US Constitution – the very first point in the Bill of Rights – O' Donnell responded:
"You're telling me that's in the First Amendment?"
 Oh dear. Suffice to say, this story is doing the rounds on the web this afternoon.
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