10/22/10

Separation of Comprehension



Today's strip has little playfulness, seeing the gag wrote itself. Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnel was laughed at recently during a debate with established Democrat Chris Coons in front of a room filled with lawyers after her simple question asking where in the Constitution is separation of church and state mentioned. The above explanation was provided by Mark Levin who apparently read the Constitution unlike the room of young lawyers. I would have thought it was there myself, but I have the excuse of being a dumb cartoonist not dedicated law as lawyers and established politicians are. It's strange how general knowledge like this is warped into something totally different if it suits your needs. And it's a shame most think O'Donnel is an idiot, when she knew better than the room filled with lawyers. Maybe the cable newscasters will explain such facts objectively for us... That way we wouldn't have to rely on dumb cartoonists.

4 comments:

  1. The phrase "separation of church and state" is derived from a private letter written by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802. In that letter, referencing the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Jefferson writes:

    Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof", thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.

    and hugo black was not a KKK lawyer...

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  2. Anonymous,

    (Why are all negative comments "anonymous"? I'm a cartoonist... If I'm wrong I'll retract and make a new comic about it. I'm not that mean.)

    Anyway, 1st, there's no mention of it in the Constitution, right? A letter... but not the Constitution. O'Donnel was right. Agreed she wasn't good at making her argument, but never the less, right.

    2nd, Mr. Black never, ever defended the Klan in any way? Never had them as a client? I'd hate to think I got that bit wrong.

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  3. Black joined the KKK to help his run for senate. later he admitted to this mistake and repudiated them and their values. he never ever defended anyone in the kkk.

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  4. Anonymous is correct!

    So we got:
    1. "Separation of Church and State" never in the Constitution. It was in a letter...
    2. Black was a lawyer and a former KKK member. A KKK lawyer or sorts, but not a lawyer FOR the KKK.
    3. O'Donnel lost big time.

    But I feel she shouldn't have been laughed at for the question...

    Thanks for the correction Anonymous!

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