The Delaware candidates for senate had an interesting debate in 2010. Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell asked the question: “Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” Democratic candidate Chris Coons was quick to tell O’Donnell that religion and government are kept separate by the First Amendment.
Later in the debate, O’Donnell challenged Coons to name the five freedoms of the First Amendment. He came up four freedoms short.
The five freedoms in the first amendment are: Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and the rights of petition and assembly.
The exact text of the first amendment: 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.
Amendment, the first: We all know, of a sort.
Chris Coons, when she asked, came up four freedoms short.
O’Donnell did know
All five, and did show:
“Church and State” is not mentioned; she is a good sport.