YES, they’re wailing again. Who? The neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). They have another martyr to write about.
The Discoveroid blog has this new article: Discrimination Lawsuit Filed against NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab for Harassing and Demoting Supporter of Intelligent Design. It says, with bold font added by us:
Supervisors at NASA’s prestigious Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) illegally harassed and demoted a high-level computer system administrator for expressing support of intelligent design to co-workers, according to a discrimination lawsuit filed today in California Superior Court.
How horrible! Let’s read on:
The lawsuit was filed by attorneys on behalf of David Coppedge, an information technology specialist and system administrator on JPL’s Cassini mission to Saturn, the most ambitious interplanetary exploration ever launched. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a NASA laboratory managed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where robotic planetary spacecraft, such as the Mars Rovers, are built and operated. Coppedge was a “Team Lead” Systems Administrator on the Cassini mission until JPL demoted him for allegedly “pushing religion” by loaning interested co-workers DVDs supportive of intelligent design.
David Coppedge? We’ve seen that name before. Ah yes, he writes articles that appear at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of creationist wisdom. For example, this one: The Light-Distance Problem, by David F. Coppedge. An asterisk after that byline leads us to this at the bottom of that article: “David F. Coppedge works in the Cassini program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.” Seems to be the same man. Someone by that name is active at other creationist websites too.
We continue with the Discoveroid article:
“For the offense of offering videos to colleagues, Coppedge faced harassment, an investigation cloaked in secrecy, and a virtual gag order on his discussion of intelligent design,” said attorney Casey Luskin of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Luskin serves as a consultant to the Coppedge lawsuit. “Coppedge was punished even though supervisors admitted never receiving a single complaint regarding his conversations about intelligent design prior to their investigation, and even though other employees were allowed to express diverse ideological opinions, including attacking intelligent design.”
The Discoveroid article quotes Casey. That’s very persuasive. Here’s one more excerpt:
Coppedge is suing JPL and Caltech for religious discrimination, harassment and retaliation; violation of his free speech rights; and wrongful demotion. Coppedge is represented by Los Angeles First Amendment attorney William J. Becker, Jr., of The Becker Law Firm.
“Intelligent design is not religion, and nothing in the DVDs that Coppedge shared deals with religion,” noted Luskin. “Even so, it’s unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on what they deem is religion.”
Yeah, yeah. Illegal discrimination. Rejecting foolishness is a thought-crime. This is yet another case in what we suspect is a new Discoveroid initiative. See: The Goal of the “Darwin’s Dilemma” Lawsuit.
Update: See The Coppedge Case: A Study in Tactics and Strategy.
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