Ken Buck On Church And State

Here is a transcript of what Buck says:
I disagree strongly with the concept of separation of church and state. It was not written into the Constitution. While we have a Constitution that is very strong in the sense that we are not gonna have a religion that's sanctioned by the government, it doesn't mean that we need to have a separation between government and religion. And so that, that concerns me a great deal. So I think there are cultural differences, I think there, we are as strong as we, our culture, our culture gives us our strength, I guess is the best way to put that. And, and I am worried about the fact that we seem to be walking away from culture. And, and one thing that President Obama has done that I would certainly speak about is calling the Christmas tree, which has historically been called a Christmas tree in Washington D.C., a holiday tree. It's just flat wrong in my mind.
My emphasis.

Now, I will argue that the Constitution does advocate a separation of church and state in the First Amendment, but that is an argument for another time. What troubles me about Mr. Buck's monologue here is that his little ditty about the "holiday tree" in Washington, D.C. is a complete fabrication... from an unsubstantiated forwarded e-mail. has all of the details, and lays out a most reasonable response to this type of e-mail.

It troubles me that a man who is running for a high office in his state would repeat falsehoods gleaned from a chain e-mail in a debate forum.

Surely Mr. Buck has access to the Internet -- since he clearly has access to e-mail.