OUR last update was here: David Coppedge vs. JPL (02 May 2010). The following three indented paragraphs are background material, 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.
News of this case continues to be elusive. The Discoveroids are so desperate to keep this thing alive they’re commenting on the coverage by other blogs.
David Klinghoffer is a Discoveroid “Senior Fellow” (i.e., full-blown creationist) who has already written two articles to promote this case. See Coppedge News Blackout Conspiracy! and also David Coppedge and Young Klinghoffer. Now he’s at it again.
Here are a few excerpts from his latest post, deliciously titled At BioLogos, a Disregard for Truth. The bold font was added by us:
When it comes to factual matters, we’ve come to expect a certain pious slovenliness from the folks at the BioLogos Foundation.
[ ** Sound of irony meters shattering all over the blogosphere ** ] We could devote the remainder of this post to commenting on the Discoveroids’ title and their opening line, but that’s really too easy.
See About The BioLogos Foundation for a hint as to why Discoveroids don’t like them. Not only are they theistic evolutionists — an affront to the Discoveroids who pretend that evolution is the same thing as atheism — but they’ve got a grant from the Templeton Foundation, which has always spurned the Discoveroids.
If you’re wondering what Discoveroids think of BioLogos, it might help to imagine what the Joker thinks of Batman. Let’s continue:
… BioLogos now slurs David Coppedge of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory based on an article from a really sterling peer-reviewed journal, the Huffington Post.
Klinghoffer refers to this article at BioLogos: Conflict in the Workplace, which is quite brief, but it dares to rely on this article at the Huffington Post: Evolution, Creationism, and the Workplace. Klinghoffer then says:
Whoever wrote the unsigned “news” item for BioLogos cites as his lone source the piece by Steven Newton, of the Darwinist lobby group National Center for Science Education.
It’s not BioLogos alone that troubles the Discoveroids; what really gets to them here is the Huffington Post article, which is written by Steven Newton, Programs and Policy Director for the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). The NCSE is undoubtedly the premier organization in the country opposing the efforts of the Discoveroids. They played a key role in the Discoveroids’ Waterloo — the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. It’s fair to say that after Charles Darwin, the NCSE is the Discoveroids’ main adversary.
Let’s see what else Klinghoffer says:
[T]he very same Steven Newton article invokes Darwinist martyr Christina Comer, erstwhile state science curriculum director for the Texas Education Agency. According to the NCSE’s preferred narrative, she was forced out of her job merely for forwarding an email about a planned speech by Professor Barbara Forrest in which Forrest was expected to bash Darwin-doubters. Newton laments that in Texas, “the director of science must ‘remain neutral’ on the subject of evolution.” BioLogos dutifully parrots the NCSE’s interpretation, at least here getting the standard Darwinist version right without further embroidering.
Your Curmudgeon made the same point while discussing Comer’s appeal. See Christina Comer Appeal: Oral Argument Today. Newton’s article wasn’t the first to mention Comer in this context, but neither was ours. Comparing the Comer and Coppedge cases is really an obvious thing to do — and the comparison doesn’t work very well for Coppedge.
We continue with Klinghoffer’s Discoveroid article. He takes a swipe at Comer, and then says:
The justice of Comer’s complaint has already been decided, in the negative.
Actually, Comer never got a trial. Her complaint was dismissed; that’s why she’s appealing. Here’s how Klinghoffer’s article ends:
Coppedge’s has yet to be decided. It’s a shame that our friends at BioLogos don’t have the sense to suspend judgment till the facts are in, and factually reported. Contributing misinformation of their own isn’t just a shame — it is positively shameful.
Yes, contributing misinformation is indeed shameful. But we wouldn’t expect the Discoveroids to grasp the irony in Klinghoffer’s reproach.
Before we end, we must add one more point that may have the Discoveroids all riled up. If you read Newton’s article carefully, you’ll notice something that we didn’t spot at first — not until we noticed that our humble blog was getting a lot of traffic from the Huffington Post. That’s when saw it — Newton’s article has a link to one of our Coppedge articles — this one.
So now, dear reader, we can fully appreciate the outrage in Seattle. Their latest pet project, the David Coppedge case, is being compared to the Comer case. That’s like comparing a stubbed toe to the loss of a limb. Also, their Coppedge crusade is scorned by BioLogos; and BioLogos relies on — gasp! — NCSE.
Surely, that’s enough to send the Discoveroids fleeing to the fainting couch. But then — adding to their multiple woes — they realize that NCSE’s author has linked to an article in the Curmudgeon’s blog. O the horror!
Next update: See David Coppedge vs. JPL: Strange Silence.
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