Delaware candidate for the House attributes separation of church and state to Hitler

Not only did the criminally misinformed voters of Delaware choose the non-masturbating former witch, Christine O’Donnell, to be their Republican candidate for Senate, but they selected her fellow tea bagger, Glen Urquhart, as their candidate to fill the seat of U.S. Representative Mike Castle, who had announced his intention to leave the House in order to run against O’Donnell for Senate. (Castle, in case it’s not clear here, lost to O’Donnell in last week’s Senate primary.) And, I’m sure it won’t shock you to hear that Urquhart, like O’Donnell, has some rather unique, not quite reality-based, ideas of his own. Here’s a little video, in which he shares his understanding of the genesis of the Separation of Church and State.

That’s right – he attributes the Separation of Church and State not to Thomas Jefferson, but to Adolph Hitler. Here, for those of you unwilling to watch the video, for fear that it might cause you to vomit, is a bit of the transcript, by way of Below the Beltway:

“Do you know, where does this phrase ’separation of church and state’ come from?” Urquhart asked at a campaign event last April. “It was not in Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists… The exact phrase ’separation of Church and State’ came out of Adolph Hitler’s mouth, that’s where it comes from. So the next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State ask them why they’re Nazis.”

That’s right – if you believe in the Separation of Church and State, you’re a Nazi… And this man might very well find himself in Congress.

I would have thought that the right would stop once Jefferson had been erased from American history. But, I guess that wasn’t enough. They have to go one step further, and attribute his beliefs to the Nazis.

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  1. BrianB
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    The exact phrase “The man who has no sense of history, is like a man who has no ears or eyes” came out of Adolph Hitler’s mouth, that’s where it comes from. So the next time your liberal friends talk about history ask them why they’re Nazis.

  2. EOS
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    Article 14 of the Russian constitution states:
    The Russian Federation is a secular state. No religion may be established as a state or obligatory one. Religious associations shall be separated from the State and shall be equal before the law.

    Article 2 of the French constitution states:
    France is an indivisible, secular, democratic, and social Republic. It ensures the equality of all citizens before the law, without distinction as to origin, race, or religion. It respects all beliefs.

    In contrast, the United States Constitution states:
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….

    There is no establishment of a secular state nor is there any prohibition against citizens holding religious beliefs from influencing their government. In fact, banning persons of faith from exercising their religious beliefs while in office is specifically prohibited. The single religious activity denied by our Constitution is the establishment of a particular denomination at the Federal level.

  3. EOS
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    As a further elaboration, Obama is free to ban all pork from being served in the White House, but he is prohibited from establishing Sharia law for the nation.

  4. Knox
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    I know you didn’t do it, Mark, but I’m offended that whoever posted this video to Youtube labeled it a “gaffe” and not a “lie”. This guy did not misspeak. This was not a slip of the tongue.

  5. Posted September 20, 2010 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Godwin’s law. Godwin’s law. Godwin’s law!! Of course, maybe we need Urquhart’s law where when someone asks you a stupid question like “Why are you a Nazi?”, you punch them in the face. (I know I’m being violent before 8am but I’m getting in battle mode for school)

  6. Edward
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    EOS, generally speaking, I like having you around here to stir the pot, but your most recent comment, about Obama and his implied desire to both install Sharia law and outlaw pork in the White House is way over the line. I know you’ll laugh it off and say that you weren’t actually “saying” that he’d do either, but your point is clear. You’re a paranoid, racist, Islamophobic conspiracy theorist. I’ve thought in the past that you were capable of reason and that your claimed Christian values would have kept you from descending to this level of vile hatred, but I was wrong. You are a worthless human being, and an embarrassment to the rest of us, who genuinely care about this country and its future. Please find another site on which to spread your hate and fear.

  7. EOS
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    I’ve said nothing hateful, unlike yourself. I like most Muslims.

  8. Peter Larson
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Some of my best friends are Muslim.

  9. Edward
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    I like Muslims.
    I really do.
    I like them in orange jumpsuits.
    With black bags on their heads.
    I like them.
    But not in New York.
    Out of respect for the dead.

  10. ypsijav
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Adolf Hitler said “As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.” So the next time your Christian friends start talking about truth and justice ask them why they’re evil Nazis.

  11. Kim
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Hitler was successful in part because he was able to win over the Christian churches of Germany, many of whom distributed swastikas from the pulpit. It helps to know your history.

  12. STD
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m definitely going to the March To Restore Fear with a giant Jefferson as Hitler poster.

  13. Robert
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    It makes me feel a little better to see in this video that he is apparently already being confined in some sort of prison or mental institution.

  14. Posted September 20, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Have you ever been to Delaware? It’s very small and boring. Not much to do there, but they do have no sales tax. I had friends who drove there to shop once in a while on weekends when I lived in Maryland. I went to Rehoboth Beach once. Beyond that there is really not much there. It’s boring. For them, this is some major action.

  15. Kimbo
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    “The next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State ask them why they’re Nazis.”

    This is the single most offensive (non-pornographic category) thing I’ve seen on the web so far this year. This man should be run out of the state on a rail. I cannot believe we live in times like these, where such things are considered acceptable.

  16. Dirtgrain
    Posted September 26, 2010 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Richard Dawkins’ Speech at Protest the Pope March. He addresses the Pope’s claims about Hitler’s atheism.

  17. Robert
    Posted September 26, 2010 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    What ever happened to the tradition of throwing rotten tomatoes at people like these? Is that considered a terrorist act now?

  18. Chaely
    Posted October 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I hear Hitler liked his coffee black, too. I wonder if that makes all people who don’t take cream Nazi’s.

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