The trial has ended in 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.
After yesterday’s worthless AP story which was repeated about 100 times around the world, we finally have something different. In the Whittier Daily News of Whittier, California we read Closing arguments conclude in JPL evolution case.
Alas, that paper is owned by Media News Group, and their owners like to sue bloggers who excerpt their content without permission, using an outfit called Righthaven LLC. They’ve run into problems with their litigation lately, but we still avoid newspapers we know are associated with them. Therefore, all we can do is give you the general idea of their story, and we can also repeat a few of their direct quotes from others. To learn more you’ll have to click over there to read the story for yourself.
They say that closing arguments have ended and that the lawyers don’t expect a decision before June. Okay. They also describe Coppedge as “the onetime head of the Cassini mission to Saturn.” Can journalism get any worse?
Actually, it can. Let’s visit 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 posted this article at their blog yesterday, and the title alone tells the story: Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: Coppedge’s Accusers Don’t Understand Intelligent Design.
The Discoveroid article purports to quote trial testimony of JPL witnesses who “admit” that they don’t know much about intelligent design, never read a book about it and don’t intend to, but they think it’s a religious doctrine and they have no interest in watching DVDs or learning anything about it. The post concludes with this:
If all this testimony is correct, it seems that David Coppedge was surrounded by people at JPL who were opposed to ID, were sure ID was a religious viewpoint, but also knew next-to-nothing about intelligent design and had no interest in studying it. And each of these people quoted here were individuals who either complained about David and/or authorized his demotion and ultimate termination. For David Coppedge, ignorance isn’t bliss — especially when it’s the ignorance of hostile coworkers.
What a nightmare for Coppedge! He was surrounded by people who were hostile to ID, yet … they didn’t understand it!
You know what that reminds us of? Many years ago there was a cartoon in the Saturday Evening Post of a featureless but apparently middle-aged gentleman seated at a bar, speaking with an also featureless but very leggy showgirl. Classic setup. The caption was: “Your wife doesn’t understand you? What is there to understand?”
While you’re pondering what that has to do with anything, we’ll be searching for more news. Stay tuned to this blog.
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