Zack Kopplin Vs. The Louisiana Science Education Act

Published May 28th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson


Here’s a video of Zack Kopplin on Hardball last night.  Zack is the student battling the Lousiana Science Education Act – a law that would allow “supplemental textbooks and other teaching materials” into science classrooms.  Zack saw this (correctly) as a backdoor method to teach Creationism and has been leading the fight against it.

Some of us remember the LSEA bill passing in 2008.  Zack’s been trying to get it repealed since then.  He found a senator to sponsor the repeal and has since found thousands of supporters (including over 40 Noble Laureates).  Yesterday Zack brought teachers and scientists to testify in favor of the repeal in front of the Louisiana Senate Education Committee.

Zack makes a couple excellent points on Hardball.  One is that science *is* a process of critical thinking (one of the ostensible purposes of the law is to promote critical thinking).  Another point is that a state’s science standards determine how their students will be viewed elsewhere. 

He also slams Michelle Bachman which is both fair and entertaining.

All in all it was an excellent appearance.  Zack deserves a lot of credit for his work.  I for one am very impressed and I’m confident he has a bright future ahead of him.  Whatever the fate of the repeal, Zack’s done a tremendous service for the cause of rationality.  The fight is as important as the outcome.  The Louisiana legislature may reject reason for a few more years but the rest of the world has benefited from watching this ordeal.   There are bills similar to the LSEA all across the country – it’s an ongoing struggle, and I’m glad there are people like Zack on our side.

Zack, please let us know if you need anything from Team FSM.  We have your back.

422 Responses to “Zack Kopplin Vs. The Louisiana Science Education Act”

  1. umokayum says:

    there is no common sense on this website you guys have a god that i can put some Parmesan on and eat the fucker with a fork. i am a catholic and i respect other peoples religions. but not this stupid one its not a real religion. and saying this website has common sense is like saying babies can understand rocket science. not one fucking comment on this retarded website has common sense in it.

    • SillyKiwiMan says:

      Babies and rocket science, the religious and irony…

      You claim to respect other religions, I think you’re full of shit. I think you pay lip-service to respect, while smugly thinking “but you’re wrong”. You have judged our faith and found it wanting, as we have for all other (false) faiths.


      • RandompersonIDK says:

        Um… you’re kind of slamming the Catholic dude about his disrespect for religions below an article about a guy who argued against a bill with a possible back-door to teach students one of the many viable beliefs systems. I don’t mean to offend anybody, but I just think it would be nice if more religions were taught about in school in general. Not just Christian/Catholic Creationism, but many, that way people are educated before they decide what they want to throw their lives into. Also a little side-note on the stereotypical comment by Keith, It’s kind of funny to see one person take the amazing point made by silly and turn it around by being “judgmental” right back. That’s all. Bye. (If anyone took offense from any of this I’m sorry.)

        • SillyKiwiMan says:

          Viable belief systems? No. Myths? Yes.

          Comparative religious classes have great merit. They serve to illustrate the lunacy of all of them. As soon as one starts looking, one realises how much of a rip-off christianity in particular is. Islam is a rip-off of christianity, christianity is (ironically) a rip-off of Egyptian and other middle-eastern faiths. Everyone blames Greek misinterpretation for the failings of the bible, people blame fundamentalists for the failings of islam, the Jews just have an annoying habit of wandering around telling everyone that they’re the chosen people and are better than everyone else by virtue of that (guaranteed to piss off the neighbours).

          I have no idea what your problem with Keith’s post is. Methinks you might not be overly clever. (That’s an insult, in case you missed it)

    • Keith says:

      Catholic, eh? How does it feel to be a member of one of the richest and most corrupt organisations in the world?

    • TheFewTheProudTheMarinara says:

      Slap some marinara on a host, and you have a bad-tasting mini pizza. Ask the priest for some communion wine to wash it down. Then look at your own religion for that “common sense” and “reality”. A schizophrenic being who has always existed who so desperately needs to be adored that he will eternally torture people who don’t believe in him (yet he never shows up) because he loves them so much!

    • Captain Birdseye says:

      The Catholic franchise makes no sense at all. Why do you guys have a body nailed to the wall? Why would anyone wear a torture instrument around their neck? Why would anyone want to drink the blood of their god and eat his body? Not a speck of common sense to any of it and surprised it wasn’t closed down after the Inquisition fiasco.

      • TheFewTheProudTheMarinara says:

        It’s all about guilt. You’re supposed to obey because just look what that guy did for you! Who asked him, anyway?

        • Keith says:

          If all of the people who lived, starved, caught disease and died in poverty under the Catholic banner sued the church for fraud I wonder how far they’d get?

      • SillyKiwiMan says:

        Don’t forget that you can do whatever you like, and as long as you apologise or pay enough, you’re all good. Apparently you have to be sincere in your repentance, but as a great man once said, once you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made.

    • JJman says:

      Perhaps you are right, Your comment is certainly no exception.

    • You now dude, just to see how they chew you out has made this day better.
      i once was a catholic, i was raised that way
      one day i stump into this old lady asking for money
      i gave her some, and she says god bless you
      in that moment inside me somethings broke drown
      why should god bless me? why couldnt he just help her?
      that day i grab a bible and read some
      the next day i do the same
      and then i ask my self
      even if spiderman is called a criminal
      he goes out and do shit
      not criminal shit only hero bussines
      so we now he is a hero not by what is written
      in that moment you must ask u self

      you wanna be like god and kill some people

      or you gonna help people like spidy?

      even hulk is better that a dude who kills all the first born of egypt
      something that we know its bad because when the old pharaon does the same thing that was BAD!
      its even in the same part of the book dudes!

    • TheFewTheProudTheMarinara says:

      If you’re Catholic, you have undoubtedly taken Communion, where you (symbolically) consume YOUR god. To paraphrase Jesus, “Eat me”.

    • Mingomango says:

      Wait….so you’re saying that this religion makes no sense, yet you believe in a book where unicorns and zombies and incarnations of one being exist? You believe in a book that clearly states that promotes slavery, death to nonbelievers, to people who wear mixed fabrics, to people who eat shellfish and to people who work on a certain day? Where the fuck is the common sense in that?

      Religious people, hypocrites through and through.

    • William says:

      what makes a religion a real religion? an official piece of paper? mass believers? everyone has the right to his or her own religion. so what if we worship spaghetti? you worship a deity who none have seen physical evidence of, yet we don’t criticize your religion.

      • John Halladay says:

        Oh,yeah, fuck it – I criticise it. Tremendous fun to do so.
        BTW, my mother is a virgin.

    • Dutchy says:

      I’m happy for you, that you’ve found “common sense” in Catholicism (and in scolding and cursing, that apparently go together with Catholicism). Please, let others be satisfied to have found common sense in the religion of the FSM.

    • John Halladay says:

      You have missed the point.
      A god that cannot be eaten with parmesan is only half a god. A god with parmesan, now that is a god worth eating.
      think how much nicer your so-called ‘communion’ would be if you took meatballs at your altar.
      The FSM is as real as your God – only tastier (and don’t get me started on the noodliness, something your God doesn’t even dare to claim to have).

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    • Luc says:

      I think the biggest mistake this guy made was mentioning that he was Catholic. That just made his argument that he can “eat our god” that much more idiotic (communion). Also, sir, here is the definition of a hypocrite:

      [hip-uh-krit] n. a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.

      By telling us that you respect other people’s religions, and then not respecting our religion, you have just fit snugly into the above definition. Don’t do that, nobody likes a hypocrite. And don’t get me wrong; as a Pastafarian, I respect all religions. I mean Catholicism no harm; everyone gets to believe what they want.

      • Daniel Wilkins says:

        Look, if you cant understand what A Pastafarian really is then you should actually do some reading on the web site. none of us REALLY bulive in a Flying Spaghetti Monster, we use that as a joke to show that we can build a community that dosent need a god to do the right thing or to be a good person, the resone we “target” Catholics is becase your religion has been involved in a lot of scandles, we accept all kinds of people we do not exclude and we do not judge every one is equle in our community. We welcome openminded pepole and you sir clearly are not. i would work on being more accpeting of others (its a good life skill to have)

        • David K says:

          What makes The Church of FSM so appealing (for me anyways) is the very fact that there are people out there who DONT understand. I’ve always felt that one of Humanity’s greatest gifts is the ability to laugh at ourselves. Perhaps the fact that those who don’t get it cant enjoy the humor is proof that His Noodleness really did exist (before dinner anyways)

    • momuscle says:

      do you not eat your god all the time . no parmesan,just wine and crackers.

    • Reshanda says:

      His Nodliness forgives you.

    • Rand says:

      The common sense part is allowing people to believe in what they want without persecution. Read our” I’d rather you didn’t s” maybe someday when we are long gone, our children will be free to live proudly regardless of what they believe in. Hopefully they’ll read more than one book. I recommend pastafarian lituature. Here’s some advice in story form. Once I went to my doctor because every time I pressed on a spot on my but it hurt. After examining me he simply said, ” then stop pressing on it. Get it? Got it? Go! And may his holly appendages be with you always.

  2. Jo Switten says:

    At least we can put Parmesan on His Holiness before taking Him to us! And for your outrageous blasphemy (calling his Noodliness a fucker!) you are sentenced for half an eternity eating only the cheapest pasta, without any sauce, meatballs or condiments! Your so-called catholic god is nothing more then a made-up fairy in the sky, at least Ours comes with the necessary carbs! Now go wash your mouth with Diet Coke to start with! R’Amen!

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  8. student says:

    Hey, I’m a catholic student, so I have felt some indignation when I first heard of this religion, but after reflection I found it to be fine. I feel like it is kind of like atheism, a belief of non belief, but instead of not believing, they have a god that points out odd points about other religions. Also, these comments should be about the article above, not people bashing each other. That being said, this kid is very brave to stand up against the school over what he believes in.

    • Keith says:

      Zack appears to be still active in the field http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/12/why_rep_steve_scalise_spoke_to_a_white_nationalist_hate_group_racism_in.html
      I’d just like to point out however that atheism is simply a non belief.

    • Rasputin says:

      Hey, you don’t need to be a Catholic. Simply apply the most important line of the Hippocratic Oath: “Above all do no harm”. Providing you always do good and never do harm, you can do pretty much anything and everything you want. Every other piece of Christian, Jewish and Muslim theology is wholly unnecessary. In our case, we also eat pasta, drink beer and watch strippers. What’s not to like?

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