A few days ago we wrote The Coppedge Case — An Alternate History, in which we discussed an attempt by the Discovery Institute to rewrite history. As you know, David Coppedge is the creationist who claimed 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.
Notwithstanding the evidence at the trial and the clear and rational decision of the court, the Discoveroids claim that their man had done no wrong, his employer was evil, and the witnesses against him wildly exaggerated everything. It’s the same revisionist attempt they’ve tried with the Kitzmiller case — they were right,and everyone else was either wrong or evil. Nevertheless, their courtroom record of losses is unbroken.
Not content with just one post to rehabilitate Coppedge, it seems that there’s going to be a series of them. The latest at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog is NASA on Trial: Persecution of David Coppedge Was a Preview of Creeping Totalitarianism, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Whether the context is media or academia, a creeping totalitarianism is hard to miss in our public life. Its signature move is to suppress controversial or disfavored views with appeals to what sound like reasonable legal or journalistic standards.
Totalitarianism. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Then he says:
The story of David Coppedge and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a case in point. It was back in 2009 that the mild-mannered team lead computer administrator on the Cassini Mission to Saturn was demoted, shamed, and later fired.
Just a sweet, wonderful guy, a prime mover in NASA’s Cassini Mission to Saturn, and look what they did to him. How cruel! After that he tells us:
His workplace offense? Lending out documentaries on DVD favorable to intelligent design.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The evidence at trial revealed a bit more than that. Klinghoffer links to the second podcast from Coppedge, in which the creationist martyr tells his version of the controversy. Then Klinghoffer says:
Phony allegations of “harassment” and of pushing his “religion” were lodged against him. But as we documented at the time [in the Discoveroids’ blog, not the courtroom], the sole problem with Coppedge and his behavior was that he was innocent enough to think he could share relevant science on intelligent design with co-workers without getting punished for it.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Creationist DVDs were “relevant science.” Klinghoffer continues:
This guileless individual sought to defend himself before his supervisors, but was met at every step by wily administrative subterfuge.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! And now we come to the end:
After seeking legal help, he finally did get his day in court. That will be the subject of an upcoming podcast.
[*Groan*] Hey, Klinghoffer — Coppedge had his day in court. The case is over.
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