Christine O’Donnell and the Constitution
Christine O’Donnell really needs to do better than this. Part of going to Washington must include basic understanding of what’s makes our government work. She really isn’t prepared on the most basic of levels. Ms. ODonnell is correct. Senators don’t have to memorize the Constitution, but they should have some basic knowledge of key ideas.
Christine O’Donnell really needs study harder. According to the Wall Street Journal:
Ms. O’Donnell attacked her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons, for insisting that public schools teach evolution but not “intelligent design,” which posits that life forms are too complex to have evolved through natural processes and must have been created by a conscious being such as God. Mr. Coons, the New Castle County executive, said that public schools could not teach intelligent design or similar theories, like creationism and creation science, because they were “religious doctrine” rather than science.
“That is a blatant violation of our Constitution,” Ms. O’Donnell said. “The Supreme Court has always said it is up to the local communities to decide their standards.”
That’s generally true–except when it comes to teaching religion-based nonscientific theories of human origin. In 1968, the high court struck down an Arkansas law prohibiting instruction in evolution. In 1987, the court invalidated a Louisiana statute requiring that “creation science,” an antecedent to intelligent design, be taught alongside evolution.
Ms. O’Donnell likened Mr. Coons’s position on evolution to those of “our so-called leaders in Washington” who have rejected the “indispensible principles of our founding.”
She lacks facts on such a basic level, it makes her unqualified for office. I felt sorry for her watching the video. We are aware that the words in the Constitution do not say ‘separation of church and state.’ However the courts have continued to reaffirm this interpretation. Jefferson’s writings also support separation.