It was only last night that we posted Discoveroids Spin Recent Coppedge Rulings. We should have known that the fun was only getting started.
As you know, David Coppedge is a creationist who claims he was wrongfully demoted (and later fired) by his employer because he was promoting Intelligent Design (ID) on the job. He used to work (until he was let go in a downsizing back in January) as a computer technician for Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He also maintains a creationist website: Creation-Evolution Headlines [which was recently moved here].
The Coppedge trial is scheduled to start on 14 December, and there is high excitement among 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).
Today there are two new articles at the Discoveroids’ blog about the Coppedge case. The funnier one is by David Klinghoffer, upon whom the Discoveroids have bestowed the exalted title of “senior fellow” — i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist. His article is titled The Perverse Logic of Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s “Origins Program”. When a Discoveroid creationist accuses someone else of using “perverse logic,” you know it’s going to be amusing. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and his links omitted:
In case anyone wonders whether NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab fired David Coppedge because his sharing ID-related videos with coworkers somehow interfered with JPL’s work and mission — well, take a look at the Lab’s own description of its research in the field of life’s origins. JPL has an Origins Program and here’s what, in JPL’s own words, it focuses on:
We checked the first paragraph of Klinghoffer’s quote, which comes from here: Origins Program. This is it:
How did we get here? How did stars and galaxies form? Are there other planets like the Earth? Do other planets have conditions suitable for the development of life? Might there be planets around nearby stars where some form of life has taken hold? These questions have intrigued humanity for thousands of years. Astronomers approach these fundamental questions by looking far into the Universe, back toward the beginning of time, to see galaxies forming, or by looking very close to home, searching for planetary systems like our own around nearby stars.
That sounds like a worthy project for JPL’s scientists. What does Klinghoffer say about it? Let’s read on:
You could hardly formulate a better summary of the questions that one of the pro-intelligent design films that Coppedge would lend out, Privileged Planet, itself explores in depth. Another film he lent to co-workers, Unlocking the Mystery of Life, tackles relevant topics as well.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Coppedge — a computer technician who wasn’t in the Origins Program — was handing out unsolicited creationist material to JPL’s scientists, and according to Klinghoffer, that was supposed to assist JPL in their work. We continue:
The only problem is that JPL seems to have adjudicated the mystery of life’s origins in advance of its own scientific research, ruling out one approach to the subject — one that’s open to finding scientific evidence of design in the cosmos — before the data JPL seeks has even come in.
Right! JPL’s “problem” was that they weren’t interested in a computer technician’s creationism. Here’s more:
The Origins Program is, in that sense, rigged.
Rigged! BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Moving along:
JPL staff could discuss the issue of “How did we get here?” so long as they did not openly consider answers that are friendly to intelligent design. They could and did criticize ID all they want, but by the Lab’s circular reasoning, pondering the evidence for ID and sharing it with interested colleagues amounted to a firing offense.
They probably had the same “discriminatory” policy about flat earth theory, and if someone who wasn’t even in the Origins Program kept pestering the scientists with flat earth literature, he would probably get fired too. Another excerpt:
David Coppedge fell victim to this perverse logic and lost his job in the process.
What an injustice! Poor Coppedge! The big boys at JPL didn’t want to hear his nonsense. It’s a cruel world!
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