Today marks the end of the second week of the trial involving the suit filed by 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. As you recall, 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.
There were no news stories at all about yesterday’s activities, and the press was silent all day today. Our guess is that the media lost interest after the first several days, when the trial failed to live up to the creationist hype that it would be about a titanic clash of worldviews played out against a background of cutting-edge space exploration, with NASA as the villain (they’re not even a party!) and a badly abused but courageous employee as the heroic underdog.
Instead of that, the trial has turned out to be nothing more than a dreary employment case featuring a headache-prone computer technician with what looks like a wildly overblown opinion of his grasp of science, and whose employer has a documented history that he was a bothersome pest at work.
We can’t blame the press for dropping the case. They were promised one thing, but they got another. Instead of being an exciting and interesting trial it turned out to be a bore. Nothing to see here, folks; move along now.
So we’re left wondering — if we’re so smart, why did we spend so much time on this thing? We must confess that we too were sucked in by the creationist hype. We assumed that with all their furious public relations activity, they’d surely come up with something. Even as we read the JPL pleadings, and knew that they had a good defense, we still assumed that the trial would be interesting, somehow. But we were wrong; it’s not interesting at all.
Therefore, we’re scaling back our Coppedge coverage. If there should be some genuine Coppedge news, we’ll write about it. We’ll even add to this post if something turns up later this evening, however unlikely that seems. But absent that, we’ve spent quite enough effort trying to find out what’s going on. The truth is that there’s nothing going on, except that some guy is out of a job and the Discoveroids are going to add him to their list of nondescript heroes.
Don’t misunderstand. We’ll probably post about Coppedge another time or two as the trial grinds on, if we find reliable news that might be worth mentioning. But it’s time we moved on to other things.
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