As a college professor, I am contractually obligated to bemoan the state of our educational system today, but this one takes the cake.
When United States Senate candidates don't know what the First Amendment says, we really need to think about the dumbing down of America. She also didn't remember the 14th Amendment or the 16th Amendment. Now, lots of us don't remember those either, but, then again, we're not saying we're qualified to be U.S. Senators.
Of course, one could defend her by saying that she meant only that the specific words "separation of church and state" do not appear in the Constitution. But that's like saying conservation of energy isn't in the first law of thermodynamics. True, it isn't formally stated like that, but that's what it means.
If "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" doesn't mean separation of church and state, then what does it mean?
If there were some credible way to interpret the First Amendment without separation of church and state, I'd like to hear it.
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