Fighting Creeping Creationism

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Preview this week’s show about one teenager’s fight against the onslaught of creationism, and the challenges of free thinking in America.

From the time he was a high school senior in his home state of Louisiana, 19-year-old anti-creationism activist Zack Kopplin has been speaking, debating, cornering politicians, and winning the active support of 78 Nobel Laureates, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New Orleans City Council, and tens of thousands of students, teachers and others around the country. On this week’s Moyers & Company, the Rice University history major joins Bill to talk about fighting laws and voucher programs that let publicly-funded creationist curricula in the back door.

“We need to be teaching evolution and embryology and the big bang theory… They’re good, established science,” Kopplin tells Bill. “We’re not going to do what we need to really make the advances to keep our way of life and ensure the survival of the human race if we don’t teach our students science.”

Also on the program, journalist and historian Susan Jacoby talks with Bill about the role secularism and intellectual curiosity have played throughout America’s history, a topic explored in her new book, The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Free Thought.

Written By: Moyers & Company
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12 COMMENTS

  1. After spending his high school years advocating for the advancement of science and reason, he decided to study, of all things, history! Somehow I’m not surprised.

    All right. I’ve meted out my fair share of red herring for the day.

  2. I bet they’re just waiting for this kid to fall into sexual depravity and blame it on the Devil… or is it God’s punishment… or does God do it through the Devil… but does He need the Devil to… WTF??!!

  3. I suspect that slowly and over long periods of time creeping creationism will become crawling creationism and ultimately walking creationism. John Mackay and his friends will have to come up with a word to describe this progression. Any suggestions?

  4. In reply to #3 by HolySchmidt:

    After spending his high school years advocating for the advancement of science and reason, he decided to study, of all things, history! Somehow I’m not surprised.

    All right. I’ve meted out my fair share of red herring for the day.

    I see a lawyer in the making. (or maybe a teacher.)

  5. “anti-creationism activist ”
    This seems to be a ludicrously long way of saying “person”.
    Surely anti-creationism is the default setting and the “others” should be described as “anti-reality activists”?

  6. Judging by the comments made by Evolution is a Hoax, on the billmoyers site, Zack certainly has his work cut out for him. Pig headed and wilful ignorance, plus arrogance and an aggressive attitude of disdain for science, manifest themselves in that person’s comments.

    Well the YECs might discredit science or at least try to, but how they need its benefits ! No doubt they’ll be the ones first in line for the cures fro cancer, diabetes and the like, much as they disdain the scientific method. No doubt God made mobile phones and computers as they are also !

    Bloody hypocrites !

  7. Time to go around Texas and promote e text books so there is more local control, at least in the better off states. This young man deserves the thanks of his generation.

    The reality of Texas killing its kids future was brought home to me when last month Governor Rick Perry came to California to recruit scientists and technology experts to move to Texas. I guess it can come to the Saudi model in Texas of little towns populated by scientists who are kept away from the masses so they don’t give out ideas.

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