Hey Michele Bachmann: Show Us Your Laureates

That video takes less than a minute to watch. It’s Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in a typically crazed moment, claiming that “hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel prizes, believe in intelligent design.”

In our frequently-updated post, Which 2012 Presidential Challengers Are Creationists?, we’ve mentioned almost all of the likely Republican candidates, but we haven’t bothered with Bachmann. That’s because everyone already knows where she stands. Nevertheless, it’s time we paid some attention to her because she’s probably going to get into the race for the GOP nomination.

That video was from 2006. Do you recall anyone challenging her on what she said? Bloggers did, although that was before your Curmudgeon got started, so we missed the fun. But a candidate can ignore bloggers, especially when the moment of madness in question was almost five years ago.

Well, dear reader, Bachmann is being challenged again — big time. Who’s doing it? It’s Louisiana’s own Zachary Kopplin, the Baton Rouge Magnet High School senior who started the Campaign to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law back in February.

After only two months, Zack was able to report that his campaign had lined up 41 Nobel Laureates for Repeal. (That number is now up to 43.)

Think for a second. Zack has Nobel Prize winners backing his repeal campaign. Bachmann claimed she had Nobel Prize winners supporting creationism. Duh! Why didn’t it occur to anyone to do what is now so obvious in retrospect?

We didn’t think of it, but Zack has connected the dots. Now his repeal website has this new post: 17 Year Old to Michele Bachmann: Show Me Your Nobel Laureate Scientists. We’ll give you just one excerpt, knowing that you’re going to visit Zack’s website to read it all:

I’m a 17 year old from Louisiana, and I’m calling Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s bluff when it comes to creationism and Nobel Laureate scientists.

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Congresswoman Bachmann, I see your “hundreds” of scientists, and raise you millions of scientists. For the next hand, I raise you 43 Nobel Laureate scientists. That’s right: 43 Nobel Laureate scientists have endorsed our effort to repeal Louisiana’s creationism law.

Okay, Michele, it’s your move now. Show us what you got.

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18 responses to “Hey Michele Bachmann: Show Us Your Laureates

  1. Bachmann suffers from an incurable case of MSU – Making Sh*t Up.

    She knows absolutely nothing about science. Not even 3rd grade level. Alas, her constituents are just as stupid so I guess you get what you vote for.

  2. Will she locate Eden in Concord, New Hampshire? God, being an American, surely wanted things to start off here.

  3. Again, if you’re reading this, please drop in to Zack’s site and show him some support. Such awesomely awesomeness must be encouraged!

  4. For the next hand, I raise you 43 Nobel Laureate scientists… Okay, Michele, it’s your move now. Show us what you got.

    If this is strip poker, you and Zack are done for. Nobody said life was fair.

  5. If this is strip poker, you and Zack are done for. Nobody said life was fair.

    Rats, I was hoping to see Bachmann’s laureates!

    And in other news, in my comment above I referred to Bachmann’s constituents as “stupid” in retrospect I think they are lazy; too lazy to get out and vote. Perhaps apathetic or some combination, hoping the “other guy” will vote Bachmann out. It’s very common here in Texas with things like school board elections that nobody really cares about, until there’s a disaster like McLeroy, but by then it’s too late to do anything about it and you have to wait until the next election cycle.

  6. Well, there’s Brian Josephson. Possibly Philipp Lenard. Raymond Damadian- oh wait, they screwed him out of his. Fred Hoyle as well. Past that, I’m out of ideas.

  7. Ernst Chain (Physiology or Medicine, 1945).

  8. Curmudgeon, at the repeal creationism blog what do you have against Carter? Well, except the possibly poor performance as President. Alright, other than that; focusing on his science cred – what have you got against him?
    My info is that he accepts evolution.
    http://godlesskiwi.blogspot.com/2007/07/jimmy-carter-sets-record-straight-on.html

  9. surprisesaplenty asks: “what do you have against Carter?”

    You’re new here. Welcome aboard!

  10. Thanks, I guess. Is this really the first time I’ve commented here? Been a fan for perhaps two years.

  11. Carter’s letter shows clearly that he supported the teaching of evolution and not creationism in public schools. This letter helped stop creationist bills in Georgia:

    http://www.biosurvey.ou.edu/dna/CarterStatement.pdf

  12. vhutchison says:

    Carter’s letter shows clearly that he supported the teaching of evolution and not creationism in public schools.

    That just goes to show ya, favoring evolution — although a it’s a point in a candidate’s favor — isn’t the only thing we should look for in a President.

  13. well-done, Zack. I wish I’d been more like him at 17.

  14. I hope that Bachmann’s supporters are lazy… the young lady who challenged her is recieving death and rape threats and others are threatening to post her home address.

    So far Bachmann has not condemned those threats.

    Good ole wingnut supporters.

  15. I’m not worried about the threats, all they do is create more publicity… It would make no difference to me if someone decided to go post the link to all the Tea Party sites.

  16. Zack Kopplin says: “I’m not worried about the threats, all they do is create more publicity.”

    All you’re asking for is her list of Nobel Prize winners. No one’s going to bonk you for that.

  17. techreseller

    What is so strange about Bachmann is that she is seriously smart about economics. She reads and accepts Schumpeter, Mises, Friedman and Hayek. She was quoted as saying she read Mises on her last vacation.
    So it must be pandering. Which is worse. She knows better but lies to get elected. Sad to see a mind that sharp wasted in such a manner.

  18. techreseller says:

    What is so strange about Bachmann is that she is seriously smart about economics.

    I missed the debate, but I heard that when she was asked about the social issues she said they’re state issues. M’god, that’s the right answer!