We were jolted to wakefulness by the blaring sirens and flashing lights of our Retard-o-tron™. The blinking letters on the wall said WorldNetDaily. As you know, WorldNetDaily (WND) is the flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed. WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus that jolly logo displayed above this post.
So we visited the WND website and were directed to an article titled Demoted for views, NASA specialist going to court. Wow — a WND article about David Coppedge — the 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 as a computer technician for Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which is part of Caltech. He also maintains a creationist website: Creation-Evolution Headlines — which was recently moved here.
WND had once before written about Coppedge. That was NASA lab accused of crackdown on intelligent design, written shortly after the lawsuit was filed. It was essentially a rehash of what the Discoveroids were saying. The author of that piece was Bob Unruh — the same as today. With the trial due to start this Wednesday, we know you’re anxious to learn what WND has to say about it, so here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A trial is starting in just days on a claim by a space scientist that he was demoted for expressing —
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Sorry, dear reader, but we had to interrupt Unruh’s lead sentence. Describing Coppedge as a “space scientist” is about as far from reality as even WND has ever strayed. Ah well, let’s continue with Unruh’s sentence:
— for expressing his views on intelligent design, the theory that the universe and life are too complex to have randomly erupted from a puddle of sludge on some prehistoric landscape.
Great description of the alternative to intelligent design! It’s equal to the description of Coppedge as a space scientist. Let’s go on with this fantastic journalistic product:
The case is a response to a punishment handed down to David Coppedge, a worker at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, which sent the unmanned spacecraft Galileo to Jupiter and dispatched a ship named Dawn to orbit asteroids Vesta and Ceres.
Wow — after sending spacecraft to Jupiter and the asteroids, look what JPL did to Coppedge! Let’s read on:
“For the offense of offering videos [on intelligent design] to colleagues, Coppedge faced harassment, an investigation cloaked in secrecy and a virtual gag order on his discussion of intelligent design,” said attorney Casey Luskin of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in describing the conflict.
Luskin serves as a consultant to the Coppedge lawsuit, which is being handled by Los Angeles First Amendment attorney William J. Becker Jr. of the Becker Law Firm and includes allegations of free-speech violations and wrongful demotion.
With Casey as a consultant, Coppedge is in the best possible hands. We continue:
“Employees shouldn’t be threatened with termination and punished for sharing their opinion with willing co-workers just because the view being shared doesn’t fit the prevailing view in the workplace,” said Becker.
“Mr. Coppedge has always maintained that intelligent design is a scientific theory, but JPL has illegally discriminated against him on the basis of what they deem is ‘religion,’” Becker said.
By golly, if Coppedge says it’s science, then it’s science! How dare those JPL guys fire such a great man because they think it’s religion? Here’s more:
“Intelligent design is not religion, and nothing in the DVDs that Coppedge shared deals with religion,” said Luskin. “Even so, it’s unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on what they deem is religion.”
That’s the tricky position Coppedge is taking: (a) My version of creationism isn’t religion; and (b) JPL unlawfully discriminated against me because they mistakenly think it is religion, and religious discrimination is illegal.
JPL’s pleadings and exhibits provide a totally different account of what Coppedge did and why he was disciplined, but WND prefers not to know about that. Moving along with the WND story:
The controversy reached a boiling point in 2009 when a supervisor angrily harassed Coppedge, claiming “intelligent design is religion” and that Coppedge was “pushing religion.” Coppedge’s complaint about that harassment resulted in a retaliatory investigation and “severe limitations” on Coppedge’s free-speech rights, the case explains.
Are you curious about those “severe limitations”? They’re described in a copy of the written warning Coppedge received. It’s exhibit number 1 attached to this pleading (a pdf file), which shows up around page 7. Okay, here’s another excerpt from the WND story:
The complaint said, “Intelligent design offers scientific evidence that life’s development is best explained as reflecting the design of an intelligent cause, citing mainstream research in biology, cosmology and paleontology.”
Good reporting, Unruh! That’s really important information!
The article ends with a quote from another Discoveroid:
“Anyone who thinks that today’s culture of science allows an open discussion of evolution is sorely mistaken,” said John G. West, associate director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. “When it comes to intelligent design, private and government-run agencies are suppressing free speech.”
So there you are. As you can see, WND is right on top of things, with a keen comprehension of the issues and a superb skill at expressing them clearly to their perceptive readers. The Retard-o-tron™ strikes again!
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