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O’Donnell and the First Amendment

The First Amendment has been argued to death over the years since it was written in the 1700’s. People of different political ideologies have interpreted this controversial amendment according to their beliefs before there was the current Republican and Democratic Parties. So, let’s take a look at it and see exactly what it says.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Christine O’Donnell, the Conservative Republican Candidate for the US Senate Seat from Delaware recently stated, while debating her opponent, Democrat Chris Coons, at Widener School of Law that the First Amendment does not establish a separation of church and state. According to Ganett Communications’ Publication, The NewsJournal of Wilmington, “The crowd at the Widener School of Law, many of them, law professors and students, gasped.” We all know just how “fair and Balanced,” Gannett Communications’ publications are.

Like everyone else, I thought that the first Amendment did exactly mean that: I mean that it established a separation between church and state. I read it several times to get a more accurate meaning of the wording and even factored in what I thought the founding fathers meant. It simply says that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

I then searched the entire document and nowhere did I find the words, “separation of church and state.” All these years I thought I was so darn smart. I looked again and the founding fathers just plain said that they wouldn’t make a law telling us how we could worship or tell us that us couldn’t worship, as we desired. It is worded very plain and simple and in easy understandable language. Nowhere in this document does is say that the church and state should be separated.

I started to wonder why these law professors would gasp in horror, she was correct. Any law professor ought to be able to see it, if I a simple English and Journalism Major could. Ahhhh. Now I’ve done it, I’ve gone and insulted the entire legal community.

Well I believe that Christine O’Donnell is correct on this point.  What do you think?

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