You all know about the case of David Coppedge. Our last post about it, with background information, is David Coppedge v. JPL & Caltech — He’s Fired!
JPL’s letting Coppedge go has really stirred up the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
When they have a dirty job to do, the Discoveroids know that David Klinghoffer is the man they want. We won’t bother to repeat our description of his creationist oeuvre here, but you can check it out in this recent post. Suffice it to say that Klinghoffer is very experienced at whipping out his “Darwin = Hitler–Marx-Stalin-Mao-Mengele-Manson-etc.” rhetorical device and waiving it around with merry abandon at any provocation.
Klinghoffer’s post at the Discoveroid website is Protest David Coppedge’s Persecution, Direct to NASA! No more Mr. Nice Guy. The gloves are off. His post is a strident call to action. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us (except as indicated):
Every so often there’ll be a media story revealing some gross abuse of public resources by government personnel: say, management at a given federal agency who are using a startling percentage of their government work time to look at Internet pornography on government computers — that sort of thing. Everyone gets outraged for a day then we forget all about it.
This is classic Klinghoffer. With that image of bureaucrats and pornography to set the tone, he plunges into the subject:
The ultimate government resource, much more so than time or computers, is power, especially the power to coerce and punish. So let us not forget all about the violence that’s been done to the public trust in the David Coppedge case at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Yes, dear reader, Klinghoffer would have his readers believe that the behavior of porn-perusing paper-pushers is trivial compared to the incredibly abusive government outrage that has been perpetrated against Coppedge — without whom JPL probably wouldn’t even know where Saturn is.
Let’s read on, and in this excerpt, the bold font is in the original:
Get ready now to call (preferably) or at least email Charles Bolden, NASA’s administrator, to express your outrage at the fact that Coppedge was fired this week. Here’s that contact information: phone: [deleted]; email: [deleted].
We wonder if Klinghoffer’s drooling fans are able to use a telephone or send an email. Some of them can probably do so. His post continues:
From all appearances, supervisors at NASA’s JPL abused their power in order to persecute Coppedge, a top computer specialist on the Cassini Mission to Saturn and a Darwin doubter.
Klinghoffer must have access to information that we don’t have, because things don’t appear that way to us. Coppedge got demoted, allegedly for being some kind of creationism evangelist in the workplace, and long after that he was let go in a downsizing. If there are more facts, perhaps Klinghoffer will share them with us. Oh — later on he cites Casey’s opinion of what happened — that’s the source of his information, but we discussed all that in our earlier post. Here’s more from Klinghoffer:
What did Coppedge do to get himself in trouble? He occasionally chatted with interested colleagues about the scientific case for intelligent design, he passed around a couple of pro-ID DVDs, which made good sense since JPL’s officially defined mission includes the exploration of questions relating to the origin and development of life on earth and elsewhere. His supervisor severely chastised him for this, humiliated and demoted him.
Poor guy. All he ever did was have a friendly chat with “interested colleagues” from time to time. It’s not as if he was harassing everyone in sight about creationism. And besides, JPL is supposed to be interested in origins, so why would they neglect a promising field of science like that which Coppedge was promoting? He was only trying to be helpful.
This next excerpt also has bold font from Klinghoffer’s original post:
Meanwhile, it’s important to take a moment now and call or write to Charles Bolden at NASA. Remind your friends to do so as well. Believe it or not, sometimes folks in government turn out to be sensitive to the thoughts of their constituents and employers — namely, you. Be respectful but firm in expressing your indignation at JPL’s truly indefensible attempt to silence a prominent, thoughtful, and well informed Darwin-doubter in their midst.
That’s about it. Klinghoffer has released the creationist peasants with their torches and pitchforks to storm the castle. Will the scientific world cave under all the pressure? We shall see.
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