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Friend of #TPC La. teen science activist Zack Kopplin to be on Friday's "Real Time with Bill Maher"

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My now-nineteen-year-old Louisiana pal Zack Kopplin is still fighting creationism law, and yes, Zack (@ZackKopplin and @RepealTheSEA) is one remarkable teen. Our previous posts by and about Zack here. His mission is to just say NO to creationist vouchers. Well, not just say no, he’s an activist after all.

In fact, he has now become a leader in the fight to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, which allows creationism to be taught in public schools.

And if all that isn't enough, he's about to be on Real Time! He told me about this appearance a few days ago, and I nearly forgot, but that's okay. We DVR it every week.

Here's the press release:

Louisiana Science Activist Zack Kopplin Is a Guest on "Real Time
with Bill Maher"

Who: Bill Maher, Zack Kopplin, Sebastian Junger, Abby Huntsman, Senator Bernie Sanders, Stephen Moore

What: Zack Kopplin, a Louisiana native and Rice University sophomore who, as a high school student, launched a campaign to repeal Louisiana's creationism law, will be interviewed as the mid-show guest and panelist on this week's episode of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher."

Last year, Kopplin's research on hundreds of creationist voucher schools generated international attention. Kopplin has been named the first-ever "Troublemaker of the Year."

He is also a recipient of the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award and National Center for Science Education's Friend of Darwin Award.

His activism has been previously featured on “Moyers and Company,” “Viewpoint with John Fugelsang,” and "Hardball with Chris Matthews." Kopplin was highlighted as a “Footsoldier” on "The Melissa Harris-Perry Show."

Kopplin is organizing a movement calling for a Second Giant Leap for humankind, which will be achieved by increasing science funding and teaching evidence based- science.

When: Tomorrow, Friday, April 5, 2013

Where: HBO

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Bobby Jindal believes slavery was just a “choice”

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According to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, equal opportunity is so important that when it comes to their children's education, parents need a choice! Just like slaves did back in the day! Because, see, slavery was a choice. Umwhat?

Crazy Crawfish:

[U]nder Jindal’s guidance, Louisiana is encouraging voucher schools to open up and teach that slavery was just a choice, and not an entirely bad one.

A few slave holders were undeniably cruel. Examples of slaves beaten to death were not common, neither were they unknown. The majority of slave holders treated their slaves well.”United States History for Christian Schools, 2nd ed., Bob Jones University Press

This is just one of the “facts” being taught in voucher schools supported by taxes paid by everyone. Jindal seems to believe the greater sin is to curtail choice, than it is to allow the promotion of the idea that slavery wasn’t really that big of a deal, that if not for the actions of a few slave holders that beat and mistreated their slaves, slavery was generally a good thing.

Jindal’s voucher school supporters believe that owning people, another ace of people, was actually much ado about nothing. Sure, many slaves were raped, tortured, murdered and forced to work under in the burning sun every day until they died, their children sold and traded like pieces of furniture, and adults bred like animals to produce good livestock to be enslaved or sold to others. . .  but for the most part it was a good deal and if not for a few miscreants that mistreated their slaves it might well be a great idea to employ today.

Poor slavery! Always getting dissed as if it were a bad thing! What's a parent to do?

Easy peasy! Just send the kiddies to places that teach otherwise and tell everyone else to stop messing with all those nice, wholesome, private voucher schools that you choose to choose. Public school with those icky unionized teachers who stick to-- ew!-- truth and accuracy are clearly inferior to the fine educators at the let-us-count-the-ways more desirable private institutions.

So make sure our young 'uns learn from the best (and by best he means unregulated). Tell them they should be proud of our history of humans owning other humans! Life was so much better back then! After all, slaves were only beaten and raped once in awhile, and being separated from their families and moved around like chess pieces couldn't have been all that bad. Hey, they got room and board, didn't they?

And don't get me started on their freedom to teach how swell the KKK is.

How libertyish and patriotic of them to allow kids to be pro-choice haters.

Please read the entire piece here.

And while you're at it, check out my teen pal Zack Kopplin's relentless efforts to fight creationism lessons in schools. He's been making a name for himself for awhile now, trying to get America to just say NO to creationist vouchers.  He'll be appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher next Friday.

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District judge: Texas school finance system violates state constitution; public schools not adequately funded

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Texas school districts have endured rapid population growth and deep budget cuts; they are not adequately funded. Imagine that.

(Reuters) - Texas' school finance system violates the state constitution, a state district judge ruled on Monday... [T]he state has not adequately funded public education or resolved inequities among districts.

Now if only something could be done about separating church from state.

In fact, my now-nineteen-year-old Louisiana pal Zack Kopplin is still fighting creationism law. Our previous posts by and about Zack here. His mission is to do away with creationist vouchers, including in Texas.

Houston Chronicle:

Now Kopplin, a history major who is taking a full course load this semester, is preparing to fight state Sen. Dan Patrick's effort to allow school vouchers in Texas. Patrick, R-Houston, is a strong supporter of school vouchers, which would allow tax money to flow to private and religious schools.

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VIDEO: Teen activist Zack Kopplin to John Fugelsang: Tax money is paying for creationism lessons in schools

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My now-nineteen-year-old Louisiana pal Zack Kopplin is still fighting creationism law, and yes, Zack is one remarkable teen. Our previous posts by and about Zack here. His mission is to just say NO to creationist vouchers. Well, not just say no, he's an activist after all.

In fact, he has now become a leader in the fight to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, which allows creationism to be taught in public schools. Here he is on Current talking to our pal John Fugelsang:

Kudos Zack!

Zack:

"This isn't just Louisiana any more."

“I’ve exposed that there are 19, 20 schools in Louisiana — at least, if not more — who are teaching creationism and receiving public money."

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Today's GOP Moment of Ignorance: Marco Rubio is unsure how old the Earth is

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It's time for another Moment of GOP Ignorance, but first, a look back at a previous one.

A few days ago, I posted Say NO to creationist vouchers, a cross-post by my eighteen-year-old Louisiana pal Zack Kopplin, who is still fighting creationism law:

On April 18, 2012, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law the most expansive and sweeping voucher program in the nation’s history, the Student Scholarship for Educational Excellence Program (or the SSEEP). The SSEEP is, in effect, a creationist voucher program, diverting precious state and local resources from public schools and into the coffers of radical religious schools. During the last several months, state, national, and international media have exposed the program’s enormous flaws: among other things, it is providing millions in taxpayer dollars to at least twenty schools that teach Young Earth Creationism instead of evolution; it is funding several schools that appear to lack basic infrastructure; it is propping up a school that is led by a self-appointed “apostle and prophet.”  It is funding schools that teach the Loch Ness Monster is real and disproves evolution.

Now Think Progress is reporting that Marco Rubio is making his own ignorance very public in an interview he did with GQ. He's scratching his little empty noggin trying to figure out how old the Earth is. Here's a hint from-- What are they called again? Oh yeah-- scientists:

The generally accepted age for the Earth and the rest of the solar system is about 4.55 billion years (plus or minus about 1%). This value is derived from several different lines of evidence.

Rubio's flirtation with creationism should put him right up there on Zack's list. Here he is, right there with Bobby Jindal as a new, shiny GOP darling, one who they're hoping will help lead them out of that dark wilderness called RomneyFail:

GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?

RUBIO: I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.

Think Progress then jars us with a reminder that Rubio is a member of the Senate’s Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee.

And Michele "Man-Made Climate Change is 'Manufactured Science" Bachmann sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The soon-to-be forgotten moron on climate change, Todd "legitimate rape" Akin, sits on the Science Committee, as does Paul Evolution, Embryology and Big Bang Theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell, Climate Change is a Hoax" Broun.

This GOP Moment of Ignorance is now adjourned.

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Say NO to creationist vouchers

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My eighteen-year-old Louisiana pal Zack Kopplin is still fighting creationism law, and yes, Zack is one remarkable teen. Our previous posts by and about Zack here.

He has graciously given me permission to cross-post his latest, adding that they will need a whole lot of luck to stop this from also happening in Texas; he's not feeling optimistic:

On April 18, 2012, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law the most expansive and sweeping voucher program in the nation’s history, the Student Scholarship for Educational Excellence Program (or the SSEEP). The SSEEP is, in effect, a creationist voucher program, diverting precious state and local resources from public schools and into the coffers of radical religious schools. During the last several months, state, national, and international media have exposed the program’s enormous flaws: among other things, it is providing millions in taxpayer dollars to at least twenty schools that teach Young Earth Creationism instead of evolution; it is funding several schools that appear to lack basic infrastructure; it is propping up a school that is led by a self-appointed “apostle and prophet.”  It is funding schools that teach the Loch Ness Monster is real and disproves evolution.

And most disturbingly, Louisiana’s program is being hailed by many in the religious right as a “model” for the nation.

During the next few months, Texas and other states across the country will introduce their own programs soon, programs that will likely mirror Louisiana’s law.

Follow this website and our Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on how to prevent our public money from being used to teach creationism.

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Stop Governor Jindal’s Creationist Voucher Program Before Governor Romney Takes it Nationwide

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My eighteen-year-old Louisiana pal Zack Kopplin is still fighting Gov. Bobby Jindal's creationism law, and  yes, Zack is amazing. Just read his post here and our previous posts by and about Zack here.

He's asked that I share his latest with you, which I am more than happy and proud to do. Actually, I'll give you some excerpts, but you really need to hop over and read all of it:

Louisiana is preparing to spend over $11 million to send 1,365 students to 20 private schools that teach creationism instead of science as part of Governor Bobby Jindal’s new voucher program.  It is time to halt the implementation of this creationist voucher program.

It is increasingly clear that one of Governor Jindal’s primary education goals is the teaching of creationism.  He supported, signed, and defended the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA), Louisiana’s 2008 stealth creationism law, which allows teachers to sneak creationism into public school science classrooms by using creationist supplemental materials.  Despite hearing from 78 Nobel laureate scientists who urged him to repeal the law because teaching creationism is both bad science and unconstitutional, Jindal instead defended the law.

Now Governor Jindal has passed a voucher plan which provides millions of taxpayer dollars to private schools that teach creationism and whose curriculum doesn’t meet the state’s approved science standards. [...]

The schools listed here may be just the tip of the iceberg.  The true number of creationist voucher schools approved to receive unconstitutionally misappropriated taxpayer dollars under Governor Jindal’s voucher program could be significantly higher.  My analysis above lists only those schools that explicitly acknowledge teaching creationism or creationist curriculum.  [...]

Governor Jindal claims that he created the voucher program because private schools would offer a better education for Louisiana students.  The truth is that schools that teach creationism will give our students a worse education.  Schools that teach creationism and do not meet Louisiana’s state science standards will not give our students a better education and have no business receiving public funds.

Since the justification for this program has fallen flat, Governor Jindal and the Department of Education should not implement it.

And here is a key point:

Governor Jindal has been named Governor Romney’s education surrogate.  That Governor Jindal could be nominated for Vice President by Governor Romney or be his Secretary of Education means that signing this Change.Org petition to halt the unconstitutional and creationist Louisiana voucher program is even more urgent.

Surrogate Bobby promoted to a Romney cabinet member. Think about that. And think about the Supreme Court, too, should Willard somehow make it all the way to the White House. Think hard.

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