The Coppedge Case — Alternate History, Part 3

First, the good news: This is probably the last episode in the Discovery Institute’s woeful attempt to re-write the history of David Coppedge, 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. The previous installment of this tragic tale of martyrdom was Alternate History, Part 2.

Today’s exciting revisionist telling of the Coppedge tale, like the others, is by Klinghoffer. It’s NASA Versus David Coppedge: Most Reprehensible Case of Anti-Intelligent Design Persecution Yet? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Of all the cases we’ve covered here where scientists and others have been persecuted for sharing ideas favorable to intelligent design, what happened to David Coppedge is arguably the most reprehensible.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Calm down, dear reader, we’re just getting started. Let’s read on:

That’s partly because Coppedge, working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab as a team lead on the Cassini Mission to Saturn, wasn’t a PhD scientist with the space agency. He was a computer administrator, albeit a senior one, and therefore by definition a less powerful, more vulnerable player in the science world.

Egad — those wicked Darwinists picked on Coppedge because he was weak and powerless! Then Klinghoffer says:

Another aggravating factor: His “offense” was not public (like, for example, the scientists whose stories are told in the film Expelled), in the sense of publishing or teaching about ID at a university or museum. In those instances, you could at least say that the persecutors acted on behalf of their cause, materialism. No, this was strictly private, and thus gratuitously cruel.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! They’re still touting Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. We’ll respond by recommending Expelled Exposed,.

After that, Klinghoffer presents his summary of the case against Coppedge:

Coppedge loaned out documentaries on DVD, highlighting relevant scientific evidence of design [Hee hee!] in biology and cosmology, to willing colleagues. That’s it! That’s all he did.

For the other side of the case, you might want to look at Caltech’s Post-Trial Response Brief. It’s a 24-page pdf file, but the table of contents is a good summary. Among other things, it says Coppedge made his co-workers feel harassed and uncomfortable, he had a long history of customer complaints, and he was dismissed because of an undisputed lack of necessary skills.

Okay, back to Klinghoffer. He presents what he says is the third and final podcast in which “Coppedge tells his own story for the first time (outside of a courtroom context).” Because it’s outside of the courtroom, we’re supposed to assume that it’s true. Then he tells us:

As he approached retirement age, for his mild-mannered and entirely private advocacy, Mr. Coppedge was disciplined, demoted, shamed, and finally, after he sued over this indefensible treatment, fired. Completing the drama, in a five-week anti-discrimination lawsuit, a California Superior Court judge sided with JPL’s team of high-paid lawyers, shortly after which Coppedge was diagnosed with cancer.

Gasp — this is the most horrible tale we’ve ever heard! Klinghoffer closes his post in a most dramatic way:

You must hear about all of this now. It’s a David versus Goliath story, except that here, Goliath creamed David and walked away. Taking advantage of his vulnerability, David Coppedge’s supervisors sought to hurt and silence him. They succeeded. And that, by fear of career and personal ruin, is how the scientific “consensus” against ID is maintained.

Yes, that’s how those hell-bound Darwinists maintain their dominance; but now that he’s no longer in the courtroom being bullied by high-paid lawyers, you can listen to Coppedge and learn The Truth.

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12 responses to “The Coppedge Case — Alternate History, Part 3

  1. Kling has written an excellent example of “fake news.” I.e., he has created “facts” whole-cloth, and disseminating them as though they were true, without a trace of humor or parody.

  2. Wow that post trial brief is great. I don’t think I’ve seen it before.
    For one thing it disputes the idea pushed by the Discoveroids that Coppedge is mild mannered. Maybe he is, but not when he’s trying to get you to watch his DVD or when he isn’t getting his way.
    Of course Coppedge would like you to think he was singled out and canned for unorthodox beliefs. He was not the only one who lost their job, and you don’t hear any litigation coming from Mr. Chien.

  3. At a camp when I was a teenager, I once watched a fellow Christian mercilessly browbeat someone about how they were a sinner and going to Hell, and when I finally got him to back off by redirecting him to another conversation, they complained to one of our leaders that I physically manhandled him when all he was doing was politely explaining the Gospel.* It seems to be rather common among a certain stripe of believer.

    * He made the mistake of including several easily disproven details in his story, so there were no consequences, for me at least.

  4. There must be some reason for this fake news story at this time. They’re trying to get the ear of someone, or maybe just more “holiday” donations.

  5. I wonder if the DI has risen to the level of slander? If so, JPL/NASA could put them under for good. Probably not worth the effort on their part..

  6. I’m a retired JPL computer type. The Coppedge affair occurred after my time but I do still have friends at the lab. They agree that he was overbearing and just plain difficult to be around. JPL was a great place to work; the implication that it would unduly harass someone just doesn’t fit with my 20 year experience there.

  7. I wonder if the DI has risen to the level of slander? If so, JPL/NASA could put them under for good.

    It might be worth the effort, really. On the other hand, the DI could just claim the JPL is trying to stamp out ‘academic freedom’ and freedom of speech as just another scientific enterprise trying to muzzle honest and open dissent. Either way they’d blemish their record as a respectable organization. No, they don’t want to piddle around with the likes of the ignoramuses at the DI.

  8. At least the Tooters are consistent in their lying. “Expelled” was a pack of lies, too, not a single truthful statement in the entire script.

    As a former manager, myself, I can tell you it’s a Bad Day to get HR involved in an employee problem. Bad Day, indeed. I never got tangled up in that kind of mess but some of my colleagues did and nobody comes out good.

    But even more delicate was the 45% Reduction in Force that JPL went through after (or during) the Coppedge mess. JPL had to be very, very careful if Coppers ended up getting canned that the entire process was open, transparent and objective. From the court documents it’s clear they met or exceeded those standards.

  9. As he approached retirement age, for his mild-mannered and entirely private advocacy, Mr. Coppedge was disciplined, demoted, shamed, and finally, after he sued over this indefensible treatment, fired. Completing the drama, in a five-week anti-discrimination lawsuit, a California Superior Court judge sided with JPL’s team of high-paid lawyers, shortly after which Coppedge was diagnosed with cancer.

    Brace yourself for claims that those evil Darwinists injected him with cancer cells to do away with this purveyor of God’s truth. Oh, the villainy!

  10. with JPL’s team of high-paid lawyers

    Compared to the Tooter’s unpaid lawyer they provided Coppedge. Yep, the Tooters provided Coppedge with the excellent legal bagels they always provide – unprepared, cheap and lousy. Oh, and unpaid. Sonny bono.

  11. Even though Coppedge got “Sonny bono” legal counsel he then proceeded to pay them back to the tune of $30k (according to Coppedge’s blog). Even Ken “moneybags” Hambo didn’t do that! (And he won!)

  12. AHA!!! Darwinism causes cancer!!!