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Zack Kopplin (2015)

Zachary "Zack" Sawyer Kopplin is 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. He has opposed school vouchers because they provide public money to schools which may teach creationism. As a high school student, he organized seventy-eight Nobel laureate scientists in a campaign against the Louisiana Science Education Act, a creationism law. He is also involved with science funding policy and curriculum and textbook policy. His new campaign calls for a launching Second Giant Leap for Humankind, calling for Barack Obama to invest $1 trillion in research and education. Kopplin has been interviewed on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, where Bill Maher noted, on the show, that Kopplin was the youngest guest ever to appear on his show. MSN.com called Kopplin the Doogie Howser of political activists.

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Edit: Its been a slow day. I'm stepping out for now. I'll come back later to answer anything else.

Hi Reddit. I’m Zack Kopplin, a journalist for Slate Magazine and an activist for science education. I’ve spent over five years in the trenches fighting the teaching of creationism in public schools. Ask Me Anything!

I’m especially excited to talk about a story I published in Slate yesterday, which exposes some Louisiana biology teachers who are literally bringing the Book of Genesis into public school classrooms as a “supplement” to the textbook.

Here are a few facts about me to begin. I’ve won the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award for my work and gave a speech at the Playboy Mansion because of it. I’ve also been on Real Time with Bill Maher, where I won a verbal duel with WSJ economist Steve Moore over funding for research on snail mating habits. While I was in high school, I organized 78 Nobel laureate scientists in opposition to Louisiana’s creationism law. I’m currently living in Houston, but when I’m in Louisiana, home is New Orleans.

I’ve done this a few times so I’m ready for y’all to ask away.

Proof: https://www.facebook.com/RepealCreationism/photos/a.475699785808631.125821.227461940632418/1009390259106245/?type=1&permPage=1

Creationist Biology Teachers article: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/06/louisiana_science_education_school_boards_principals_and_teachers_endorse.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_top

Zack Kopplin Jun 03, 2015