This is 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).
It’s by David Klinghoffer: In the David Coppedge Trial, Intelligent Design Is Where the Threads All Intersect. If you disregard his spin, there is a wee bit of news about what happened at the third day of the David Coppedge trial. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
David Coppedge at last took the stand today, for under an hour before the day’s business concluded.
That’s probably true. We’re not sure about the rest of his lead paragraph:
The balance of the day had been consumed with unsuccessful attempts by his former employer, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, to bar the media from covering future testimony by Coppedge’s ex-colleagues bearing on the sources of their religious and political animus.
We’re not yet sure how the judge ruled. Becker, the lawyer for Coppedge, seems to want to conduct some kind of inquisition about the religious views of JPL’s witnesses. If he can show that they don’t share the religious views of Coppedge, then — it will be argued — they were prejudiced. JPL doesn’t want the press to have access to that questioning about such private matters, but the judge may let it all hang out. Let’s read on:
In his testimony, Coppedge described his religious background as the son of a Christian pastor whose writing encompassed creationism and intelligent design. Coppedge made a useful distinction between the two.
“Useful distinction”? It serves the purposes of the Discoveroids to claim that their magic designer isn’t a deity, but their “theory” is creationism, no doubt about it. We continue:
In this small and cluttered Superior Court room in Los Angeles, the Coppedge affair is unfolding on two different planes. On the legal plane it’s an employment discrimination case. On the cultural plane, it’s a story about the extent to which the culture of Big Science forbids people in the world of science from freely debating the merits of certain ideas, creating an illusion of “consensus.”
That pretty well describes the utterly irreconcilable worldviews that are clashing in the courtroom. Here’s more:
JPL in the person of Coppedge’s superior Greg Chin instructed Coppedge that he was forbidden from discussing ID with his colleagues. No one had complained to Coppedge himself that he should stop talking about the subject with them — a request that, had it been made, he would have respected and by which he would have abided.
Poor Coppedge. He had no clue that his creation “science” was unwelcome. Moving along:
Here’s the key to the whole affair. Never did JPL forbid expressions of contempt for ID. If you were anti-ID, you could advertise and advocate that view to your heart’s content. JPL only forbade expressions of support for ID. Coppedge was under a gag order on the topic, a constraint that no ID critic in the lab faced.
Oh, how unfair! JPL employees were free to be contemptuous of pseudo-science, but Coppedge wasn’t free to advocate it. Truly, it was a nightmare of discrimination. Another excerpt:
Get the point? JPL allows employees to informally share their views on a variety of subjects and reflecting scientific views of all kinds. In 2009 it made an exception and imposed limits on intelligent-design advocate David Coppedge alone, whose ID views were erroneously categorized as “religion” by ignorant colleagues. His views were not only dismissed but silenced.
Yes, we get the point. JPL’s scientists were allowed to freely discuss science, and nobody wanted to hear what Coppedge had to say about creationism. How could Coppedge accept such a situation? Here’s Klinghoffer’s conclusion:
Judge Ernest Hiroshige must evaluate whether JPL engaged in a selective policy driven by animus to David’s perceived religious beliefs. On that question the ultimate verdict will — or should — turn.
So there you are. That’s the Discoveroids’ — and Coppedge’s — thinking about what’s involved in this case. We trust that the judge has the intelligence and wisdom to reach the proper decision.
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