On Constitution, O’Donnell is right, Coons and liberal media are wrong

What happened, via Michelle Malkin and Politico:

Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell questioned on Tuesday whether the Constitution provides for the separation of church and state.

The comment came during a debate on WDEL radio with Democratic opponent Chris Coons, who argued that local schools should teach science rather than religion, at which point O’Donnell jumped in. “Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” she asked.

The audience at Widener Law School was taken aback, with shouts of “whoa” and laughter coming from the crowd.

Coons then pointed to the First Amendment, which states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

“You’re telling me the First Amendment does?” O’Donnell interrupted to ask.

Following the next question, Coons revisited the remark — likely thinking he had caught O’Donnell in a flub — saying, “I think you’ve just heard from my opponent in her asking ‘where is the separation of church and state’ show that she has a fundamental misunderstanding.”

“That’s in the First Amendment?” O’Donnell again asked.

“Yes,” Coons responded.

O’Donnell was later able to score some points of her own off the remark, revisiting the issue to ask Coons if he could identify the “five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment.”

Coons named the separation of church and state, but could not identify the others — the freedoms of speech, press, to assemble and petition — and asked that O’Donnell allow the moderators ask the questions.

“I guess he can’t,” O’Donnell said.

Jeffrey Lord:

Well. Isn’t this interesting.

As John R. Guardiano has noted below, Democrat Chris Coons and the liberal media have gotten the Constitution totally wrong. [. . .]

This is one very, very big issue. The notion that Coons was wrong is bad enough. The audience not understanding the fundamental founding document that is the U.S. Constitution?

Downright scary — and a glaring warning sign of just how far off-track the American left-wing and secularists have gotten this country.

Christine O’Donnell — she the supposed unqualified candidate — got this 100% correct.

And Coons — the Ivy Leaguer — got it wrong, and not just wrong but abysmally so.

In this one exchange Americans can see two of our big problems at work. Ignorance of the Constitution — and arrogance from self-appointed elitists about a supposed intellectual superiority they quite laughably don’t even come close to possessing.

Pass it on. This is being misrepresented far and wide.