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Those wacky Delaware Republicans

While Christine O’Donnell, the witchcraft-dabbling Tea Party-backed Republican candidate for Senate from Delaware, has been getting most of the attention, let’s not forget Glen Urquhart, the Tea Party-backed GOP candidate for the House of Representatives from Delaware.

“Do you know, where does this phrase separation of Church and State come from? Does anybody know? … Actually, that’s exactly, it was not in Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists. He was reassuring that the federal government wouldn’t trample on their religion. The exact phrase ‘separation of Church and State’ came out of Adolph Hitler’s mouth, that’s where it comes from. Next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State ask them why they’re Nazis.”

In fact, as devoted Harry’s Place readers know, the phrase does appear in Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists. The passage reads, “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.”

In related news, Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” has announced a “Rally to Restore Sanity” for October 30 on the Washington Mall. Here he displays one of the signs that will be available to participants: