Four years ago we wrote numerous posts about the David Coppedge case. He’s 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. If you want to re-live the whole mess, our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) maintain an archive of pleadings in the case: NCSE’s Coppedge archive.
Our recollection at this point is dim, but as we remember it, Coppedge was often thrusting his DVDs onto unwilling colleagues who never watched them, but who complained about Coppedge’s behavior. Coppedge claimed was just trying to be helpful to JPL by offering his creationist material, and his being an advocate of creationism or intelligent design was work-related. Caltech said that was nonsense because none of that was Coppedge’s job — he was a computer technician. He was vigorously supported by the Discovery Institute. The crushing defeat of his suit against his employer was discussed here: David Coppedge Trial: Final Order Issued, and he didn’t appeal.
Now the Discoveroids have decided to re-write history. Klinghoffer just posted this at their creationist blog: NASA on Trial: David Coppedge Fell Victim to Anti-ID Zeal at America’s Space Agency.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The fun begins with Klinghoffer’s title. NASA wasn’t involved in the case. Coppedge sued Caltech, where he had been working. Okay, here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
For sharing thoughts on intelligent design in a scientific or academic setting, you don’t need a PhD after your name to fall victim to persecutory zeal.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Persecutory zeal! Let’s read on:
Coppedge worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab as a Team Leader computer administrator on the Cassini mission to Saturn. He had taken a shine to Illustra Media’s series of documentaries laying out the evidence for ID in biology and cosmology. Mr. Coppedge would loan these out to interested coworkers … . The themes of these videos tied in with areas of research interest at NASA. What could possibly go wrong?
Poor ol’ Coppedge. He was just trying to help NASA get to Saturn. Klinghoffer then says:
In a series of audio presentations, “NASA on Trial: The Persecution of David Coppedge,” Coppedge tells his own story for the first time.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] How exciting — you can hear the great visionary in his own words! The first thrilling episode is available at Klinghoffer’s post. After that he gives us the Discoveroid version of the trial:
Coppedge made the mistake of misjudging one coworker’s attitude. Soon she was complaining about him to their supervisor, and before you knew it, the HR department was conducting a full-scale witch-hunt. A mild-mannered individual for whom advancing NASA’s mission was a long-held dream come to true, David Coppedge was the witch.
The alternate history lesson continues:
In his chilling account, a simple unfriendly attitude to design evidence shades over into workplace hysteria, false accusations of “harassment,” and a bullying drive not merely to silence but to punish and finally banish a heretic. It’s an object lesson in why ID sympathizers, whether scientists or laymen, prudently keep their heads down and their views to themselves. Thus the scientific “consensus” against ID is maintained.
And now we come to the end:
Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture has observed scenarios like this play time out many times. It’s one of our own missions to advocate for freedom of expression for people like David Coppedge.
A noble mission, nobly expressed. All we can say is BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
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