As you know, the Louisiana Science Education Act (the “LSEA”). We call it the “Every Child an Idiot” law. The legislature passed it almost unanimously. The bill was promoted by the Louisiana Family Forum, run by Rev. Gene Mills, and it was signed by the state’s ambition-crazed governor,Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist.
We cheered again this year when he renewed the repeal effort, this time with an incredible list of 78 Nobel Prize winners who supported repeal (see Zack is Back!). But the effort failed again (see Louisiana Creationism Repeal: Hearing Report). We cheered anyway.
All along, we’ve been thinking that Zack’s a great guy. But now we’re starting to hate the kid. See why for yourself. In the Town Talk of Alexandria, Louisiana we read From Playboy honor to jet-setting governor. Only the first part of that headline is about Zack. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Zach Kopplin, the Baton Rouge High School student — now a freshman at Rice University — who fought to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act that’s viewed by some as a way to introduce creationism into public schools, has been selected as one of four recipients of the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award.
That’s right, Hugh Hefner of Playboy fame.
What’s that all about? You’ll see:
A news release says “Established by Christie Hefner in 1979, in conjunction with Playboy magazine’s 25th anniversary, the award honors individuals who have made significant contributions in the vital effort to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans. The award winners, many of whom are unsung heroes, come from various walks of life.
Sounds like a fine award, but why is your Curmudgeon upset? Here it comes:
[Zack is] invited to a reception at the Playboy Mansion.
Aaaargh!! The Playboy Mansion! That’s the scene of all our boyhood dreams, and we’ve never been there. But Zack gets invited. That’s why we resent him.
But we’ll get over it, and we’ll still be cheering next year’s repeal effort. Meanwhile, Zack, enjoy your visit to the Playboy Mansion. And if you have a really good time there, as we hope you do, please don’t tell us about it. We’d prefer to think it was boring.
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