The weekend is beginning spectacularly. The Drool-o-tron™ signaled us with its blaring sirens and flashing lights. The blinking letters of the wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND). That esteemed journalistic organ was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo displayed above this post.
Their headline is Scientist fired for making dinosaur discovery, and it has this subtitle: “Finding undermines belief behemoths roamed earth 60 million years ago.” You know what they’re talking about.
Last week we posted Scientist Fired for Finding “New” Dinosaur Fossil. Since then, the same story has been reported by the usual fringe religious websites of interest to creationists. The next few indented paragraphs provide background information, which most of you can skip:
Mark Armitage, described by his supporters as a “scientist,” is an electron microscopy technician who, according to California State University, Northridge (CSUN), was a temporary hire between 2010-2013. While on a fossil hunt in Montana, he found a large triceratops horn.
Back at CSUN, he examined his fossil and saw what he believed to be “soft tissue.” In July 2013 a peer-reviewed scientific journal, Acta Histochemica, published his article: Soft sheets of fibrillar bone from a fossil of the supraorbital horn of the dinosaur Triceratops horridus.
He subsequently lost his job is now suing CSUN. He claims he was fired because his discovery indicates that dinosaurs roamed the earth only thousands of years ago. It’s an old creationist issue. The TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims discusses the claim that dinosaur fossils with “red blood cells” have been found, and we’ve posted about the subject before — e.g., Dinosaur Fossils Found with Hot Red Meat?
This is a copy of the complaint that was filed: Mark Armitage vs. Board of Trustees of the California State University, et al. (21-page pdf file). You can check the court docket here Los Angeles Superior Court to see what’s been filed. If you go there, click on “Access your case” and enter case number BC552314.
In our first post about this, we noted that a press release about the lawsuit, issued by the plaintiff’s attorneys — University Silences Scientist After Dinosaur Discovery — plus the complaint they filed, were the only sources of information at the time, because CSUN wasn’t making any statements and they hadn’t yet filed anything in court. Therefore, all the “information” being reported was from the plaintiff’s side of the case. Nevertheless, all the rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth creationist websites were “reporting” that a “scientist” had made a discovery that “proved” creationism, and for that he was fired.
Today’s WND article follows the same pattern. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
A team of attorneys is jumping to the defense of a scientist who made the stunning discovery of soft tissue still attached to a triceratops skeleton, undermining the belief that dinosaurs roamed earth 60 million years ago, and was then fired.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! They give a link to what they say is Armitage’s biography. It’s at a website called Creation Ministries. Hey — it’s an impressive biography. It says:
Mark H. Armitage earned a BS in Education from Liberty University and an MS in Biology (parasitology) … at the Institute for Creation Research in San Diego, CA. He later graduated Ed.S. in Science Education from Liberty University and is a doctoral candidate there.
He is a lifetime member of the Creation Research Society where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2006.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! WND doesn’t say anything else that isn’t in the press release issued by Armitage’s lawyers, and we’ve already discussed that material, so we won’t trouble you with any further excerpts. But it’s good to see that Armitage has WND solidly on his side. With support like that, it’s only a matter of time until the university surrenders, and the ungodly theory of evolution is — at last! — exposed as the lie it has always been.
Well, there’s the possibility that the university may try to put up a defense. We’ll be watching for it, so stay tuned to this blog!
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