I recently read several articles on the MSN Homepage, bringing Christine O’Donnell to my attention, when I otherwise may have overlooked her completely. What really brought her to my attention were the allegations that she had “dabbled in Witchcraft” in college and was being politically persecuted for it.
This raised my curiosity, because I happen to be more Pagan/Wiccan inclined than Christian in my own belief system; therefore, I was appalled that someone would be brought to the “media” carpet for this religious choice, when we are supposed to be a nation founded on religious freedom. Oh, right – the Witch hunts and hangings! I forgot.
But wasn’t that before our constitution was written? Before the first Amendment? For those of you (like Christine O’Donnell), who might need a reminder, it states as follows:
The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law “respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, infringing on the freedom of speech , infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.
According to Ben Evans of The Associated Press, the following excerpt is from a radio debate this morning between O’Donnell and Democratic opponent Chris Coons:
Coons said private and parochial schools are free to teach creationism but that “religious doctrine doesn’t belong in our public schools.”
“Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” O’Donnell asked him.
When Coons responded that the First Amendment bars Congress from making laws respecting the establishment of religion, O’Donnell asked: “You’re telling me that’s in the First Amendment?”
This from a woman who has stated: “if elected, she will base her political actions on the Constitution, rather than her personal beliefs”.
Now, politics aren’t really my main interest in life, however, I have a nut-shell understanding of the basics. I am definitely not a Republican, although I do believe that some of their fiscal platforms are logical and responsible. Please note that I say “some”. I am also not a full-fledged Democrat either, as I hover between being Democratic and Non-Partisan on my voter registration.
However, I am a human being. I believe in the rights of all human beings equally. I believe that our state and federal representatives should uphold those rights above all others. So, obviously I was willing to overlook O’Donnell’s Witchcraft dabblings and even respect her choice to sway between the Protestant and Catholic religions, even though her fellow Conservative peers would consider this a sign of instability on her part.
But I can not respect the fact that she is quoted as having said things like “homosexuals have a psychological defect”. I can not respect a woman who would make it illegal for a woman to have an abortion, even if she was a victim of rape or incest. I can not respect a woman who believes in the Tea Party platform, in general.
However, I find it so ironic that her anti-witch ad commercials, have her dressed all in black, seated in front of a royal blue background, while soft music plays and she speaks in the softest voice, saying that “None of us are perfect” and “I’m not a witch, I’m you”.
In closing, I must address the most shocking thing that I have discovered through my research of Christine O’Donnell. On September 16, 2010, O’Donnell said, among other things, that she specifically disavowed her 1996 anti-masturbation stance. Apparently, back in 1996, she had said that masturbation was sinful and akin to infidelity. Are you kidding me?
Needless to say, I do not approve of Christine O’Donnell for the Republican nominee in Delaware’s 2010 U.S. Senate Special Election which will be held on November 2, 2010.
The Washington Post:
O’Donnell questions separation of church, state
By Ben Evans, The Associated Press
Tuesday, October 19, 2010