WE are again writing again about the David Coppedge case because, besides finding little else to amuse us this morning, we think that what we wrote yesterday is worth keeping before you a while longer. That was The Coppedge Case: A Study in Tactics and Strategy.
Background: David Coppedge claims he was wrongfully demoted by his employer because he was promoting Intelligent Design on the job. He works for Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a federally funded research firm that is also a NASA contractor. As we pointed out in Another Creationist Is “Expelled”, Coppedge is active at creationist websites.
The case is being championed by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). The lawyer for Coppedge is William J. Becker, Jr., who is also the attorney on the Discoveroid side of what we’re calling the “Darwin’s Dilemma” Lawsuit.
Discoveroid Casey Luskin is advising Becker in the Coppedge case. Together, this formidable legal duo is trying to establish some new kind constitutional right — an employee’s “freedom to promote creationism” in the workplace. Strange, but apparently true.
This morning we found one legitimate news item with some additional information. It appears in the San Gabriel Valley News. At first we thought it was just another public relations piece, but then we realized that the San Gabriel Valley is where JPL is located. This is a real newspaper article.
We’d like to give you some excerpts from the news story, but that paper is owned by Media News Group, and they’re suing bloggers who excerpt their stories without permission. So you’ll have to click over there to read it for yourself.
They tell about Coppedge being a Christian who edits a blog titled “Creation-Evolution Headlines.” We looked at it. That’s one of the wilder websites about creationism. If you want to rot your brain, check it out: Creation-Evolution Headlines.
The newspaper quotes Coppedge’s attorney William Becker, Jr., who claims that JPL ought to have an openness to intelligent design theory. That’s just great! A personal injury lawyer is telling JPL what kind of science they should study. Casey Luskin has, at last, found a worthy protege.
They also quote Gary Williams, a professor at Loyola Law School, who doesn’t think much of Coppedge’s case.
They also mention that Coppedge sits on the board of directors of Illustra Media, the group that publishes the DVDs that he distributed. Hard-core indeed!
And so, dear reader, we leave you with a few questions: Does a creationist employee working for JPL have some kind of constitutional right to distribute his creationist DVDs on the job? Has Casey Luskin found in William Becker the man who will be the Clarence Darrow of creationism? Should JPL, as Becker suggests, become interested in creationism in order to advance their space exploration work? And finally, doesn’t “Coppedge” sound like what we all hoped to attain on our first date with Mary Lou?
Hey, if JPL gets on the right track and embraces creationism, we may soon be exploring the outer planets. Then, perhaps, the next Coppedge DVD could be titled: “Destination Uranus!”
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