Unless events should prove us to be spectacularly wrong, this will be our final post about the suit brought 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. Coppedge 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.
The last time we wrote about him was David Coppedge Case — Appeal or No Appeal?, when it seemed to us that the time for filing an appeal had already come and gone. But we weren’t certain of that, so we were appropriately cautious about declaring that the case was over.
Now another month has passed, and there’s been nothing in the news about the Coppedge case. His lawyer hasn’t said anything — if he has it’s escaped our news sweeps — and the Discoveroids seem to have tossed Coppedge down the memory hole. So it’s time we let go of this one. No more news sweeps, no more checking the court clerk’s website, no more anything.
What if we’re wrong? That’s happened before. We’ll admit it and accept reality. But until then, David Coppedge now joins that long and wandering cyber caravan of once-newsworthy creationists whose names made up our headlines, but who seem to have faded into the cosmic background radiation. Where are they now? Will we ever hear again about Ronda Storms, Don McLeroy, Kathy Martin, Kent Hovind, Anna Falling (remember her?), Rick Santorum, and so many others?
From our Curmudgeonly perspective, they now belong to that vast and ever-growing Legion of the Lost — people who live their lives in a fog of reality-denial, determined to compel others to join them in the darkness and accept their thinking as the norm.
Although we don’t want any harm to come to them, we nevertheless hope never to hear about them again. They’ve had their day; now they should gracefully retire from the arena — perhaps to live in a cave or on some distant mountaintop — and let others take their places in the never-ending reality wars. We’ll be here, to chronicle the controversy.
Meanwhile, this being a non-news sort of post, feel free to use the comments as an Intellectual Free-Fire Zone.
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