Young pro-science/anti-Creationism activist wins TroubleMaker award

Zack Kopplin, the 19-year-old anti-Creationism/pro-science activist I wrote about last month, has won the TroubleMaker Award, which comes with a $10,000 prize.

Zack’s bold campaign to repeal the 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA) has made waves in state politics and in public education. Kopplin has gathered the support of 78 Nobel Laureate scientists, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the New Orleans City Council, and other major organizations. His petition to repeal the law has 74,000 supporters across the US. Working with Louisiana State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Zack has fought for two bills to repeal the LSEA. He has spoken out before the Louisiana legislature and State Board of Education, debated creationist politicians, held rallies, and had been covered in hundreds of interviews in national and international media. Kopplin is preparing to fight for a third repeal bill.

Zack plans to use the $10,000 awarded to him to increase the impact and reach of his campaign. The funds will greatly aid Zack’s most recent venture to call for accountability on the issue of millions of dollars in school vouchers being spent to fund schools across the US that teach creationist ideas. He also plans to use this money to help build the Second Giant Leap movement, which calls for a permanent end to science denial legislation and for a trillion dollars of new science funding in the next decade.

Kopplin said, “We need a Second Giant Leap for Mankind and we need a student movement of troublemakers and truth-tellers who are willing to stand up and speak out to make this a reality.”

Troublemaker Award (via IO9)


  1. This guy gives me hope for the future.  Also, I’m glad he can do this. He would be dead by now in many other parts of the world.

  2. Congratulations to him.  Of the many epithets that I’ve had hurled at me in half a century, troublemaker is my favorite.

  3. ah, youth.  the kid is doing the work that I’m too lazy and jaded to do myself.  as such, I give him my wholehearted support and admiration.

    fighting bureaucracy is hard and tiresome.  getting a flashmob together to give a smack to his opposition is more something I can get behind–the immediacy, I guess.  ah, but I suppose that would ultimately undermine his position, no matter how richly deserving they may be.  go get ’em, tiger!

    1. Based on his own writings and that of his biographers, Einstein was more of a deist or pantheist – his conception of God was not personal or anthropomorphic.

  4. Go Zack Kopplin. Maybe your peers will more readily accept words coming from a younger mouth than those of the older generation’s  Richard Dawkins.  I am hoping you also expose religion for what it is. Richard Dawkin’s books ‘The God Delusion’ and ‘The Selfish Gene’ and ‘The Magic of Reality’ all being classics.

  5. Michael – Sorry to inform you, but Einstein did not believe in ‘God’.
    Albert Einstein is on record as saying that he did not believe in a personal God. He said: “It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.”

  6. Dear Mr Kopplin,protect your back and run for high office.This old earth can use all the help and protection it can muster.Especially from those fanatics who couldn’t practice logic to find their way out of a paper bag.I have never figured out how anyone born with a functional brain could believe in something that cannot be proven but consider it abhorant to accept a provable scientific fact. At 71, I have learned to accept that most creationists are so inbred that the” intellegent-gene” has been lost. I have high hopes that they will become extinct before I myself kick the bucket!! But then again,I’m an optimist. Please NEVER stop thinking,acting and speaking against MORLOCKS;…YOU and those like you, are humankinds only hope. JAD

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