It’s a strange situation, but we’re getting our information from 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).
They have at least one observer at the trial, so it’s worth noting what they have to say. They’ve just posted this: Facts of the Coppedge Lawsuit Contradict the Spin from Jet Propulsion Lab and National Center for Science Education. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Here in Los Angeles, the first day of David Coppedge v. Jet Propulsion Lab passed today primarily with oral arguments before Judge Hiroshige on what types of evidence will be presented, and who will be allowed to act as a witness.
That means the judge has been ruling on the pending motions in limine. We summarized all of those here: Pre-Trial Perspective. The Discoveroids continue:
The judge decided, for example, not to hear from an expert on the larger context of anti-ID discrimination in academia.
Presumably, the judge ruled for JPL-Caltech on their Motion in Limine to Exclude or Limit Testimony of David DeWolf. Here’s more:
JPL also opposed a request that the judge view the pro-ID DVDs that are at the heart of the case, but the judge decided that one in favor of Coppedge and will view the films.
That’ll be a waste of the judge’s time, but it probably won’t matter much. Let’s read on:
JPL’s legal teams appears to feel the less the judge and the public know about the case, the better them, whereas Coppedge’s attorney, William Becker, follows the philosophy that the more information, the better. This surely says something about the degree to which, win or lose, JPL actually has justice on its side.
That’s one way to look at it. There’s nothing about other rulings the judge may have made. If there were any that were favorable to Coppedge, they would have been mentioned. Then we get one more piece of news:
Opening statements will begin Tuesday at 10 AM. Which gives us an opportunity this evening to reflect on how the case is being spun by Darwin lobbyists and by JPL.
See there? All the spin is on the Darwin side. Except there is no Darwin side. From JPL-Caltech’s point of view, this is merely a case about how they handled a difficult employee. Darwin has nothing to do with it. But to Coppedge and the Discoveroids, everything is about Darwin.
After that the Discoveroid post drones on and on, spinning Coppedge’s allegations as if they were reality. We’ve seen all that before, so we’ll ignore it. Here’s how they conclude their post. It’s not news about today’s proceedings, but it shows their state of mind:
David Coppedge was harassed, demoted, and ultimately fired simply for expressing his personal views on intelligent design at work in a non-disruptive fashion. The court doesn’t have to agree (or disagree) with intelligent design to decide that Coppedge faced illegal discrimination.
That’s pretty much it. We’ll keep looking for — shall we say — a more objective source of news. But for the moment that’s all we’ve got.
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