This is good. Our friend, Zack Kopplin — yes, he has an entry in Wikipedia — is irritating the Discoveroids again. As you know, Zack has been driving them crazy with his attempts to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act. For a description of his most recent effort, see Louisiana Creationism Repeal: Update 01 May ’13
Now Zack has exposed a network of creationist, tax-funded charter schools in Texas. The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) has an article about it: Creationism in Texas charter schools? They mention Zack’s article on the subject in Slate: Texas Public Schools Are Teaching Creationism, which says:
When public-school students enrolled in Texas’ largest charter program open their biology workbooks, they will read that the fossil record is “sketchy.” That evolution is “dogma” and an “unproved theory” with no experimental basis. They will be told that leading scientists dispute the mechanisms of evolution and the age of the Earth. These are all lies.
The Discoveroids are in a rage. They assigned the task of dealing with the situation to David Klinghoffer, the Discoveroids’ journalistic slasher and poo flinger, who just posted Why Censorship Works: The Case of Zack Kopplin. We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us. He begins with a curious reminder:
Here is your reminder for today to send in nominations for the Censor of the Year prize, to be awarded in honor of Darwin Day 2014, recognizing remarkable efforts in choking off criticism of evolutionary dogma.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! In case you’ve forgotten, the Discoveroids recently announced that they’re going to give out that award. We wrote about it here: Discovery Institute Embraces Martyrdom, #2. They said:
The award will recognize particularly vicious efforts to throttle free speech and punish dissenters from orthodoxy in the context of scientific discussion of the origins of complex life, lift itself, and of the cosmos.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It appears that Klinghoffer is backing Zack for that award. This is an amazing situation — both Klinghoffer and your Curmudgeon are both supporting Zack, albeit for slightly different motives. Let’s read on in Klinghoffer’s hit piece:
As you know, he [Zack] is the venerable 20-year-old best known for agitating against the Louisiana Science Education Act as a “creationism” law, who was formerly enrolled at Rice University, now an “activist,” “journalist,” and “television personality.” Meaning, I believe, that he is currently neither a student nor otherwise employed.
Yet here is Mr. Kopplin getting a respectful hearing from Education Week and at Slate where he blows the whistle on some Texas charter schools that “discredit evidence-based science,” teaching “lies” such as “that the fossil record is ‘sketchy.’ That evolution is ‘dogma’ and an ‘unproved theory’ with no experimental basis.” I have not looked into the “Responsive Education Solutions charter system” to which he refers. My question is, what’s the source of Zack’s authority over a substantial slice of the public or at least the media?
Is that the best Klinghoffer can do? He doesn’t challenge Zack on the facts (he claims not to have “looked into” the situation). Instead, he sneers: Who is this pipsqueak? That’s a powerful rebuttal indeed. He wails about the unfairness of it all:
Even a squirt barely out of his teens standing up and invoking “science,” like one of those kid preachers you see on the TV news, will command reverence.
You know the Discoveroids are being driven out of their minds when they post a reaction like that. Here’s how Klinghoffer ends his rant:
Without such an audience of the credulous and the overawed, a censor like Mr. Kopplin would be out of business. If he had a business. Remember to get us your nominations by Wednesday, January 29.
Go for it, Klinghoffer, name Zack as the Discoveroids’ censor of the year. That’ll put him in his place.
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