Coons, O'Donnell and the First Amendment

Just to refresh everyone’s memory:

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. – 1st Amendment

This is how the MSM is spinning a bit of the Coons/O’Donnell debate:

Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell of Delaware on Tuesday questioned whether the U.S. Constitution calls for a separation of church and state, appearing to disagree or not know that the First Amendment bars the government from establishing religion…

The only way to write more dishonestly about what O’Donnell said would be to write, “and then O’Donnell flapped around quacking like a duck”. The report bears almost no relation to the actual event. Here is a link to video taken of the event – its about 8 minutes long, the statements on Church and State are at 2:48 and 6:09; what O’Donnell asks is whether or not the 1st Amendment has “separation of Church and State” in it. As the above quote shows, it does not – we do not separate Church and State, we prohibit the government from establishing a Church, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. That is a very important difference.

It is shown in the surrounding issues explored in this debate – with Coons asserting that the federal government must prohibit school districts from teaching anything other than strict, Darwinian evolutionism because anything else is religious and therefor “banned” by the Constitution’s alleged separation of Church and State. Coons is wrong – but he’s also, in this, just a typical liberal. Liberals want very much to have religion reduced to an entirely private affair – out of the public square, entirely.

That the MSM is playing this up shows that they, too, have a complete lack of knowledge of basic, Constitutional principles…the same lack of understanding which makes them convinced that some how, some way, a right to an abortion is guaranteed by the Constitution (this is also something Coons advances as further “proof” that O’Donnell doesn’t understand the Constitution). What this boils down to is the real debate – what we are arguing about: will we have a nation which obeys the actual Constitution, or a nation which obeys whatever fads liberals choose to assert are in the Constitution?

Make no mistake about it, returning to a Constitutional order in the United States won’t be merely cutting taxes and spending. In this, the more libertarian members of the TEA Party movement err in their own right. Returning to the Constitution means obeying it in its entirety – a whole host of laws, court decisions and regulatory fiats will have to be set aside, not least of which are in the area of “social issues”.

We are at the cross roads – will we return to liberty in its entirety, or just make a half-hearts, purely economic effort which will be doomed because our liberals will keep pressing their view unless we destroy it completely? Freedom is a difficult and uncomfortable thing to deal with – it really means allowing people to do as they wish in the crucial matters. If a school district wants to teach a “young earth” theory of creation, the only people who should have a say in it are the people of that local school district…no one outside that area should interfere.

What will we have, fellow Americans? Liberty, or tyranny? The choice is ours – and those who choose liberty, simply have to back O’Donnell over Coons even if one thinks that O’Donnell has some personal ideas which are distasteful…whatever her ideas are, she won’t impose them on anyone without their express consent…while Coons will blithely impose whatever he thinks best, regardless of what anyone wants.

Make your choice.

UPDATE: Gateway Pundit chimes in – O’Donnell got it right.

UPDATE II: Just to let everyone know, by playing it this way, the MSM just opened themselves a big, old can of Catholic/Christian whoop-a**. We really are much better up on this stuff than they suspect…

UPDATE III: NRO’s Battle 10 interviews O’Donnell on this issue.