One important characteristic of the lunatic politicians here in the US known as the Tea Partiers is their slavish obsession with an imaginary document known as “The Constitution” which has absolutely nothing to do with the Constitution of the United States. Of course, the actual Constitution is something that they know less than shit about.
This was never more clear than this morning, when spooky Republican Senate candidate Christine “I’m Not a Witch” O’Donnell, in a debate with opponent Chris Coons, expressed complete shock that the separation of Church and State is actually in her precious Constitution! (She always thought “The Constitution” referred to the big picture of cartoon Jesus that hangs over her cauldron.)
CBS News reports:
Coons said that creationism, which he considers “a religious doctrine,” should not be taught in public schools due to the Constitution’s First Amendment. He argued that it explicitly enumerates the separation of church and state.
“The First Amendment does?” O’Donnell asked. “Let me just clarify: You’re telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?”
“Government shall make no establishment of religion,” Coons responded, reciting from memory the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. (Coons was off slightly: The first amendment actually reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”)
“That’s in the First Amendment…?” O’Donnell responded.
When asked to cite the 14th, 16th, and 17th amendments, Ms. O’Donnell traced a picture of her hand. (“Oh yeah, I drew a beak on my thumb there. Oh! It’s a turkey! It must’ve been the holidays,” O’Donnell clarified upon further questioning.)
PS You should really watch this video, because while it’s long, the transcript doesn’t begin to do it justice.