It was only two days ago that we posted Discovery Institute Attacks John Glenn. Today they’re on the attack again. Their new target is Zack Kopplin who, although he’s not yet 22 years old, already has a writeup in Wikipedia, which describes him as “an American political activist, journalist, and television personality from Louisiana. Kopplin has campaigned to keep creationism out of public school science classrooms and been involved with other separation of church and state causes.”
Zack is well-known to readers of this humble blog as a tireless campaigner against the infamous and insidiously-named Louisiana Science Education Act (the LSEA). The LSEA was based on the Discovery Institute’s anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act, and it seems to be their only accomplishment, except for a similar law subsequently enacted in Tennessee. For our discussion of such legislation, see the Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws.
The Discoveroids just posted this at their creationist blog: Letter to a Young Darwin Activist’s Parents. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. The elves in our art department provided the graphic above this post in his honor. As we discuss Klinghoffer’s latest, keep in mind this disclaimer, which is adapted from the wording of the LSEA:
Okay, here are some excerpts from Klinghoffer’s post, with bold font added by us:
What follows is an open letter to Zack’s father and mother, though it is applicable to others as well, young and old.
Isn’t that sweet? Klinghoffer is writing this for Zack’s mommy and daddy. Here’s what he says:
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Kopplin,
I hope this finds you both well.
On occasion, my wife and I have received notes directed home from a teacher about issues with our children’s behavior in school. I’ve always been grateful to hear what was going on, from another adult’s perspective, since moms and dads are often not the first to know. With that in mind, I’m writing to you about your son Zack.
Charming, isn’t it? Klinghoffer is writing as one concerned parent to another about a problem child. Let’s read on:
Zack, at age 21, is from what I’m able to tell spending a great deal of time as an “activist” trying to overturn the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA). In this capacity he does some freelance writing for Slate and other publications, which I assume does not pay the bills. My concern is that Zack, a bright young person, is being used by what I’ll call the Darwin Lobby in a way that is not to his long-term benefit.
We won’t excerpt too much from Klinghoffer’s rather long letter. That would deprive you of the thrill of clicking over there to experience it for yourself. Also, we find his letter to be genuinely vomit-inducing, and even your Curmudgeon has a limited capacity to endure such things. But we’ll give you a few more excerpts. This is a good one:
[F]or several years my colleagues and I have tried to help Zack and other activists in understanding both about the science behind the evolution debate and, more specifically, about the provisions of the LSEA, which he has persistently misrepresented to the public. So when it comes to science and science education, we may be the closest thing to a teacher in your son’s life at the moment — not that we’ve been very successful in educating him. That is one reason I am getting in contact with you now.
Klinghoffer only wants to help the lad! His parental letter continues:
[W]hether a reasonable person supports or opposes LSEA, the law is not about advancing “creationism,” any more than Discovery Institute is a “creationist think tank.”
Isn’t this great? Here’s more:
It suits the purposes of the Darwin Lobby to confuse these matters. That explains why they have fastened onto Zack. The National Center for Science Education, for one, makes a specialty of sowing misinformation, which may be why they honored your son with a Friend of Darwin award.
Those creepy Darwinists are abusing the lad, and Klinghoffer thinks that’s terrible! He’s trying to help Zack by warning his parents, before it’s too late and Zack’s life is totally ruined! Okay, we’re jumping to the end. Here’s how Klinghoffer concludes his letter:
My suggestion? Have a talk with your son about his education, and about an unfortunate reality of the world, that zealots with a political agenda will try to use an enthusiastic person like himself to their own ends, which may not include a high regard for truth telling. If I were his father, I would want to see my boy buckle down, get his degree, prepare for a career, do something useful with his life, and something honorable.
Your Curmudgeon isn’t going to say anything, but we suspect that some of you might have something to say.
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