A week ago, based on a news story we found at the website of KATC, the ABC affiliate television station in Lafayette, Louisiana, we posted Louisiana LSEA Repeal Hearing Tomorrow. That was totally wrong. There was no such hearing.
Things may be different now. In The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Louisiana we read Kopplin to continue fight against teaching creationism in public school science classes . Before we get to that, the next few indented paragraphs provide background information, which most of you can skip:
This is about the latest effort to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act (the LSEA), which became law back in 2008. That law is based on the Discovery Institute’s anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act (about which see the Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws).
Our previous post on this year’s attempt to get rid of the thing was Louisiana’s 2014 Creationism Repeal Effort. This year’s bill, like last year’s, was filed by Senator Karen Carter Peterson, who seems to be one of the few sane members of the Louisiana legislature.
Okay, we’re all together now. Here are some excerpts from The Advocate, with bold font added by us:
Zachary Kopplin, one of the most visible opponents of teaching creationism in public school science classes, will testify before the Louisiana Senate Education Committee on Thursday in a fourth attempt to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.
Nothing shows up at the legislature’s website to suggest any such activity in that committee today. That’s how it was when we wrote about the ABC news story a week ago. We’re accustomed to things being messed up in Louisiana, so we’ll do the best we can — but we’re not making any promises. On with the news story:
Kopplin told LSU students he is not hopeful for a more favorable outcome this year and said he has his eyes set on the November 2015 elections when new committee members could swing support in his favor. “Whether we pass or fail tomorrow, it does not really matter because this is sort of ground zero for a much larger fight for science in this country.”
What was Zack doing at Louisiana State University? Let’s read on:
Kopplin was at LSU to receive the Manship School of Mass Communication’s Courage and Justice award, which carries a $1,000 prize underwritten by the Hans and Donna Sternberg Foundation.
The Courage & Justice award is given to an individual who pursues a “perceived just cause” while displaying courage and ethics in the face of opposition, lack of resources, and substantial time commitment.
That’s splendid. Congratulations, Zack!
There’s not much else in that story about the hearing, but we found another story about Zack and his award in the Daily Reveille, a student newspaper at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It’s titled Kopplin to continue fight against creationism legislation. They say:
Kopplin testified before the Education Committee three other times, resulting in three unsuccessful attempts to pass a repeal bill. Sponsored by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, the proposed repeal legislation failed 5-1 in 2011, 2-1 in 2012 and 3-2 in 2013. “I don’t care that they beat us last year,” Kopplin said. “We will be back tomorrow, and we will be back until we win.”
The creationists must really hate Zack. That’s a certain sign that he’s doing the right thing. We continue:
Kopplin said he’s not opposed to creationism being discussed in religion classes or acceptable history courses, but he opposes the idea of creationism as a science because it is based on faith and not physical evidence. Science is just an explanation of how the natural world works,” Kopplin said. “It says nothing about religion or the supernatural. That’s a different area entirely.”
There’s more, of course, but that’s enough to get you to click over there. Now we’ll just have to wait until we find out if this time there really will be a hearing on the repeal bill today. The media have been wrong before. Even if they’re wrong again, we’re delighted to learn the news about Zack’s award. Way to go, Zack!
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