Our last update was here: David Coppedge vs. JPL (28 Apr 2010). For those who aren’t up-to-date, the next three indented paragraphs are for background, which most of you can skip:
This is about a suit by a creationist, David Coppedge, who claims he was wrongfully demoted by his employer because he was promoting Intelligent Design (ID) on the job. He works for Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), He also maintains a creationist website: Creation-Evolution Headlines.
This is a big case for the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). They’re trying to establish some new kind constitutional right — an employee’s “freedom to promote creationism” in the workplace. One of their top legal talents, Discoveroid Casey Luskin, is advising the lawyer for Coppedge — that’s William J. Becker, Jr., who seems to be mostly a personal injury and workers’ comp lawyer.
To promote the issue, the Discoveroids are waging a public relations campaign which we described here: The Coppedge Case: A Study in Tactics and Strategy. They’ve set up a page devoted to this case: Background on David Coppedge and the Lawsuit Against NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
There’s still no real news yet, but we know how you crave information. We have also observed how the Discoveroids have been touting the fact that Coppedge works for JPL, and they’ve been crowing about the work JPL does, especially the Cassini mission to Saturn. Their tactic is to cloak Coppedge — a creationist computer technician — with the aura of cutting-edge science.
Therefore, your Curmudgeon has been searching the website of Jet Propulsion Laboratory for information about the work of David Coppedge.
What did we find? The only mention of Coppedge’s work at the JPL website is in a 33-page pdf file from July of 2004. It’s titled: Discovering Saturn, The Real “Lord of the Rings.” It appears to be material prepared to explain the Cassini mission to students. Coppedge is mentioned on page 6, in a section that says this:
Singing Activity: Just for fun, the Cassini Virtual Singers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory get together occasionally and perform songs they have developed. The singers are scientists, engineers, and others who support the mission. They have a repertoire of about 50 songs, based on familiar melodies but with lyrics about the Cassini mission.
Here is a song from the Cassini Virtual Singers: “The Moon Song” — sung to “Gary, Indiana” Wordsmithed by Trina Ray; musical arrangement by David Coppedge
Yes, dear reader, Coppedge provided the musical arrangement. We don’t have an audio file to which you can listen, but here are the words of “The Moon Song,” sung by JPL’s Cassini Virtual Singers:
That’s it — the entire mention of Coppedge’s contribution to the work at JPL. What an outrage that such a fine man should be demoted merely for hawking his creationism DVDs on the job!
Next Update: See Discovery Institute: Crazed over Coppedge.
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