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March 12, 2012


Former NASA Specialist Claims He Was Fired Over Intelligent Design

From Fox News: 

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has landed robotic explorers on the surface of Mars, sent probes to outer planets and operates a worldwide network of antennas that communicates with interplanetary spacecraft.

  Its latest mission is defending itself in a workplace lawsuit filed by a former computer specialist who claims he was demoted—and then let go—for promoting his views on intelligent design, the belief that a higher power must have had a hand in creation because life is too complex to have developed through evolution alone.

  David Coppedge, who worked as a “team lead” on the Cassini mission exploring Saturn and its many moons, alleges that he was discriminated against because he engaged his co-workers in conversations about intelligent design and handed out DVDs on the idea while at work. Coppedge lost his “team lead” title in 2009 and was let go last year after 15 years on the mission.

 


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Wow. No tolerance of opposing views. What they need is an Indaba session. And I know just the organization who can assist them.

[1] Posted by Festivus on 3-12-2012 at 10:03 AM · [top]

There are some interesting books out there on this subject. The argument is about random mutation and natural selection and this has nothing to do with creationalism. How does bat sonar help a bat until after it is up and running? How do you get there by natural selection?

[2] Posted by Pb on 3-12-2012 at 10:39 AM · [top]

Oh, don’t you know? It was aliens seeding the Earth that established life on this planet. Either that, or monkeys from a parallel universe finished typing all the works of Shakespeare and being bored, entered laboratories and created life here.

[3] Posted by sophy0075 on 3-12-2012 at 11:54 AM · [top]

I read some about this, and I’d need more information before forming an opinion.  His employer and some former colleagues say that he had been pushing DVDs and discussions at work and had been reprimanded for not respecting requests that he stop it.  They also say he was laid off because the project ended.  I’d have to hear evidence on both sides.

A former office of mine had a similar problem with a Mormon who kept pushing the Book of Mormon and various tracts at work.  He was asked to stop since he was being annoying about it.

[4] Posted by Katherine on 3-12-2012 at 12:48 PM · [top]

If he tossed out the idea of intelligent design at work and followed up with discussion with those who seemed interested, that’s one thing. I get the impression he brought the subject up at times that were inappropriate and continued the discussion with those who weren’t the least bit interested. Pushing DVDs at people at work is stepping over the line. Anyone who really was interested could have arranged to get the DVDs someplace other than at work.

[5] Posted by The Little Myrmidon on 3-12-2012 at 01:41 PM · [top]

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