Meet Zack Kopplin, the 19-year-old who started winning battles against teaching creationism in Louisiana public schools when he was 14

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32 Responses to “Meet Zack Kopplin, the 19-year-old who started winning battles against teaching creationism in Louisiana public schools when he was 14”

  1. Mr. Winka says:

    Some people are so desperate to preserve their world view that they’ll accept any nonsense. Loch Ness Monster. Classic!

  2. Rickenbacker4001 says:

    This kid just went on my ” Magnet Display of Heroes ” on my fridge.
    Every time I open a door, one falls off. (running out of room). S’ok…..

  3. element_104 says:

    The headline makes it sound like he’s pro-creationism, or something. It also implies he’s a 19 yr old high school student. 

  4. GP says:

    Effin awesome, the utmost respect!

    Howeverrrrrr…

    There’s a problem with the fully-private compromise. A school can’t really get fully private because government will always have to validate the diplomas it issues. And I don’t think anyone should be validating diplomas issued by schools teaching you the Loch Ness Monster is real. That’s just never okay, no matter where the cash is coming from.

    I get why she’d argue that way, it makes her look a lot more reasonable but you have to wonder if we should be allowing people to teach this drivel at all.

    I mean we’re pretty much fully stocked on idiots, no need to create (ha!) some more.

  5. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    Something is wrong when even a 14 yr old can’t believe the bullsh*t being pushed on him.

    I never understood why this one aspect of science bothers fundies so much.  There are plenty of other fairy tales for them to get worked up about.

    • ldobe says:

      Because a literal interpretation of the writings of bronze-age nomads that was later assembled into a book by a committee of religious oligarchs can be construed to say that humans are different and special from any other form of life. Gullible people and children are then indoctrinated by its proponents into that interpretation and trained that feelings are always more important than facts.

    • wysinwyg says:

      Because the whole idea of Christianity is that God made you with a purpose.  If evolution works there is no need for either God or purpose.  Also, fundamentalist Christianity is a complete world view whose adherents want it to be the worldview and they view secularism — including all that sciencey garbage — as competition that must be utterly destroyed to make way for a Christian theocracy which many fundies believe would be the only justified sort of government possible.

    • toyg says:

      Because it’s apparently easy to solve (“hey, we are majority, let’s change it!”), but in practice they cannot really win (there will always be some sane person higher up, overruling their crazy with science). This way, it keeps the little people focused and forever militant, ready to pour more and more money in the coffers of this or that “reverend”.

  6. OldBrownSquirrel says:

    I can’t see a  wunderkind any more without being worried that some malicious federal prosecutor is going to make an example of him. :-(

  7. Kopplin and the lady at the table with him are awesome, and have it together; Attorney Lady needs to get that bug out of her ass.

    • oasisob1 says:

      Hey, if there’s a bug in her ass, you can bet God put it there.

    • flickerKuu says:

      I don’t understand how someone can attain the level of attorney yet have the absolute lack of knowledge one needs to “possess” to be pro-creationism. I just don’t get how smart people can believe in things like Noah’s ark over Darwinism…

  8. Jesus says:

    Zack Kopplin, you are my personal Elvis Presley.

  9. Ramone says:

    Truly this young man is doing God’s Darwin’s work. Way to go Zack!

  10. Navin_Johnson says:

    Fight the good fight Zack!

  11. He’s wrong. If they are paying taxes then vouchers are fair. It is their money coming back to them.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      If that’s true, then I want some vouchers for (male) hookers and blow. It’s my money, after all.

    • redesigned says:

      A certain percent of tax money is allocated to education and those institutions that are legitimately educating children are already stretched thin budget wise.

      It is not fair to take some of that money and channel it to institutions that are mis-educating children.  They have to meet state/federal guidelines to receive state/federal money, period.  If they are required to teach science, then then need to teach science.  They can’t just slap that label on any BS and call it good.

  12. jhertzli says:

    I had thought Creationism was a heaping load of bulshytt until now but a supposedly scientific controversy being pushed by a non-scientist makes me suspicious. On the other hand, the Creationist side has even more non-scientists…

  13. Luc Schots says:

    If they get to teach creationism, I want equal time for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster http://www.venganza.org/

  14. orgetorix says:

     May we all be Touched by His Noodly Appendages.

  15. Good on Zack!   Now will somebody please help him to get a scholarship to a decent law school?  We need heroes like this instead of self-serving swine (a la Carmen Ortiz) interpreting the law.

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