This is far more than we had anticipated. The Discoveroids — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page — have been supporting David Coppedge in his allegedly wrongful termination case against Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which is part of Caltech.
We expected them to post a rant or two about the final decision against Coppedge (see David Coppedge Trial: Final Order Issued), but we never expected anything like their latest post: Judge Lets NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab Off the Hook for Discrimination against Intelligent Design Proponent.
It’s no surprise that their post begins by describing the results from the Discoveroids’ point of view:
Despite clear evidence of discrimination presented at trial, a California Superior Court Judge has turned down an anti-discrimination claim filed against NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) by a former employee subjected to mistreatment after sharing his views on intelligent design (ID) with some of his co-workers.
According to evidence revealed during the case, JPL gives free rein to employees who attack intelligent design in the workplace, even as the lab singled out and punished Coppedge.
But after a few paragraphs describing the case solely from Coppedge’s side, with no hint that JPL-Caltech had anything to offer in its defense, they say this, with bold font added by us:
Youngkin [Joshua Youngkin, a Discoveroid lobbyist] called on Congress to make sure that this kind of egregious discrimination doesn’t happen again at a federally funded institution: “This case is part of a clear, longstanding nationwide pattern of illegal discrimination against proponents of intelligent design. Congress needs to make sure that the labs and other agencies that taxpayers fund through NASA don’t continue to trample on the viewpoint rights of scientists and other staff members. This is especially important now that the courts have failed to hold JPL accountable in the Coppedge case.”
There’s no mention of where or when or to whom Youngkin was speaking. But there’s no shortage of lunatics in Congress, and the Discoveroids undoubtedly have allies among them. Will they get some crazy congressman to introduce a bill protecting creationists who run around the workplace trying to evangelize their co-workers? It’s possible. Here’s one more quote from Youngkin:
“The scientific merits of intelligent design were never on trial in this lawsuit, but it’s a miscarriage of justice that the court failed to recognize that David Coppedge’s rights were grossly violated. Everyone who values the free and open exchange of ideas should be concerned,” said Youngkin. “Workers at taxpayer-funded science labs shouldn’t lose their jobs simply because they think nature displays evidence of intelligent design rather than a blind and undirected cause.”
According to the judge’s decision, that’s definitely not why Coppedge lost his job, but the Discoveroids will never acknowledge that. It’s scary to think that this mess could end up in Congress. Very scary. They’re involved in enough idiocy as it is. We’ll just have to watch what happens.
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