by Kevin Allman
Organizers will once again attempt a repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA) when the state legislature convenes this spring, reports Walter Pierce of The Independent in Lafayette:
Repeal of the LSEA failed in a Senate committee last year despite the urging of more than 40 Nobel laureates in the sciences and a host of other scientific groups, but the organizer of that drive tells The Ind he’ll be back for the upcoming session in March to give it another go. Zack Kopplin was a senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High last year when the repeal effort began. He’s now a freshman at Rice University and says about 30 more Nobel laureates have signed on to his effort to end the LSEA.
“We’re going to be back stronger this session,” Kopplin vows. “We’re organizing students and we’ve also received the endorsement of 72 Nobel laureate scientists.”
Gambit profiled Kopplin in March 2011 during his first bid to overturn the LSEA, which would allow theories of "intelligent design" or creationism to be taught in Louisiana public school science classes.
Former presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is a proponent of teaching "intelligent design" in public schools, and had claimed "hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel prizes, believe in intelligent design." Kopplin challenged her to name a few (he had 43 Nobel laureates on his side), and we took the question to Bachmann at a June appearance in New Orleans. Here's what she had to say.