There’s still no news about the ongoing trial of 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.
As we’ve said before, if things were going well for the creationist, we’d undoubtedly have heard about it 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).
In their apparent desperation to find something they can say to cheer up their fans, the Discoveroids have assigned their most brilliant legal minds to the task of analyzing the testimony of JPL’s witnesses, and they’ve come up with some amazing things. It’s all in their new post titled David Coppedge’s Jet Propulsion Lab Accusers Consistently Saying Inconsistent Things.
“Inconsistent things”? This sounds serious! Let’s take a look at what the Discoveroids have to say. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us
Last week, two witnesses took the stand in the David Coppedge v. Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) lawsuit who have given some contradictory testimony in the case.
Last week? Well, okay — if that’s the most current news they have to offer, we’ll go with it. What’s the contradictory testimony?
Margaret Weisenfelder was one of the JPL employees who complained that Coppedge was harassing her by sharing intelligent design DVDs at work. During her deposition, Weisenfelder stated she doesn’t think it’s appropriate to discuss religion or politics during working hours [quote omitted]. But she then admitted that when Coppedge’s supervisor Greg Chin showed cartoons that had “some political subject matter,” she wasn’t offended [quote omitted].
Wowie! She found Coppedge’s political discussion offensive, but not Chin’s. The Discoveroids tell us why that’s important:
Bear in mind that Greg Chin was David Coppedge’s supervisor who yelled at him and ordered him to stop talking about intelligent design. Weisenfelder and Chin share similar political views — which are very different from those of David Coppedge. And incidentally, Weisenfelder never complained about Chin discussing politics at work.
Apparently Weisenfelder has no problem when political views are expressed at work, so long as she agrees with them. When someone shares views she doesn’t agree with, then it’s not “appropriate to discuss … during working hours.”
That’s absolutely devastating! Let’s read on:
Carmen Vetter was another JPL employee who complained against Coppedge because he asked that the word “Christmas” be emplaced on the holiday party flier. She also told inconsistent stories about her interactions with David.
During deposition testimony, Coppedge’s attorney, William Becker, asked Vetter if she had ever had conversations with David which were friendly and had nothing to do with politics or religion. Depending on when she was asked, she gave different answers.
Amazing — there were times when she didn’t think Coppedge’s conversation was creepy. JPL’s defense is in big trouble! We continue:
It’s important to note that Vetter admitted she never told Coppedge she felt uncomfortable about discussing religion, and never asked him to stop broaching the subject with her. [References to deposition.] So she never even gave David the chance to stop before she complained about him.
Jeepers — she never told him to his face that he was obnoxious! Here’s more:
In fact, one major point about Coppedge’s interactions with Carmen Vetter was that at the time they occurred, she and Coppedge were both Christians, and so both of them had good reasons to expect neither would mind if religion came up. But Vetter gave inconsistent testimony about whether they both knew one-another were Christians.
JPL’s defense is crumbling! Now here comes the most powerful point in the Discoveroids’ post, and the parentheses are in the original:
(If you’re wondering why Vetter would now testify against Coppedge that she was bothered by their conversations about religion if they’re both Christians, it turns out that Vetter is no longer a Christian. During her deposition she acknowledged that “at this time,” she’s “basically what they call an agnostic.”)
Egad — the woman’s not a Christian! How can she be allowed to testify? This is an outrage! We’re skipping a lot, but here’s how the post concludes:
While some of these contradictions are more important than others, with Carmen Vetter, you get the feeling that you’re listening to a heavily coached witness who has some concocted stories in her head but isn’t capable of keeping them all straight all of the time. Sometimes the truth might be coming out, but sometimes you get an alternate version of reality. Whatever the truth actually is, it sure seems like that Carmen Vetter isn’t always telling it straight.
What can we say? This is certainly bad news. Two of the witnesses against Coppedge seem to admit that they weren’t always creeped out by him. According to the Discoveroids’ analysis — and we know how good they are at this stuff — things certainly look hopeless for JPL.
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