Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A NASA /JPL Employee Demoted Over Intelligent Design

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is being sued by an employee who was demoted for sharing his beliefs about intelligent design.

ABC and other news organizations began reporting yesterday simply that David Coppedge, an information technical specialist at JPL, is suing for discrimination after he was demoted for sharing his views on the origins of the universe.

Coppedge has been working on the Cassini space mission project since 1997, which is exploring Saturn. He is a Christian who has a different view of the origin of the universe.

The secularist would say, "There must be more to the story."

Indeed there is.

In 2000, Coppedge earned recognition for excellence, receiving the important role of "Team Lead SA" (system administrator), a role he held until his demotion.

He has been a highly respected employee, actually leading tours of JPL and sharing JPL's findings with civic groups and schools.

Here's what really happened.

In conversation he asked colleagues if they'd be interested in watching a documentary that dealt with evolution and intelligent design.

The two videos he distributed for after hours viewing contain no religious arguments or references. The videos were, "Unlocking The Mystery of Life," which makes the case for intelligent design based upon information coded in DNA, and "The Privileged Planet," which presents the case from current cosmology that the universe was "fined tuned" for life to emerge and to allow exploration of the cosmos.

Ironically, the Discovery Institute's video features scientists associated with JPL.

Robert Crowther, with Discovery Institute, raises some challenging thoughts about the matter in his column, "How NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Punished David Coppedge For His Views On Intelligent Design."

Coppedge's work for the space agency has been highly respected and honored, he was, however, demoted for his thoughts, not his work. He challenged the ruling authority of Darwinian evolution.

Analyze that.

Crowther says JPL refuses to disclose any specifics about the "other" employees who were supposedly upset over the matter. In fact he says JPL has been so evasive in dealing with the issue, "JPL's effort to cloak it's investigation in secrecy raises the possibility that investigators may have twisted the comments of those they interviewed to justify the investigation's predetermined conclusion."

I strongly recommend you read Crowther's article.

It should be concerning to all---regardless of one's belief, that we are seeking to normalize punishing someone for what they think, rather than what they do.

Be Vigilant. Be Bold. Be Prayerful.

God bless you. Thank you for standing with us.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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  1. Hey, the 'enhanced punishments' for hate crimes are nothing but punishing somebody for what they think.

    Of course all you have to do to be guilty of hate speech is to tell the truth about liberals.

    They can't refute it so they hate it.

    PRS in FW

  2. This is the same thing the gays are doing with hate crimes legislation.

  3. Incrementalism. Control the peoples actions, then control the peoples beliefs. Look at the ENDA legislation Congress is trying to pass.

  4. Gary, Intelligent Design has nothing to do with religion, or so those who fabricated it claim so whether this guy is a Christian, Christianist, Atheist or whatever is irrelevant, right?

    What he did was harass people at work about a personal opinion they didn't care to listen to day in and day out. He was asked to stop, he didn't. He was counseled to stop, he didn't. This is no different than if he had a been pushing how great his line of Tupperware® was and repeatedly asked them to come to his Tupperware parties. You CAN be fired for stuff like that from any job, any where.

    ID has NOTHING to do with religion - that is its whole rationale for trying to be included in textbooks. If the guy HAD been handing out Creationist tracts, that actually probably would have been ok within limits, but he wasn't.

    I can't say I am not amused that the pushing the ID deceit is what made him fireable and just being upfront about his religious beliefs probably wouldn't have. Always a bit satisfying to see someone hoist themselves up with their on petards.

  5. So are any of the three previous commenters willing to overturn hate crimes and non-discrimination laws that protect one on the basis of their choice of religion? Or are "special rights" just fine, provided they are the ones receiving them?

  6. Is it right to call Islam evil because of 911. When millions of Muslims honor their faith and raise families , get educations and live out their live as peaceful citizens
    contributing to society?

    If this guy was just expressing his beliefs then it was wrong to demote him, but if he was obsessing on
    this issue and distracting from the work and refused to stop then some thing had to be done.
    I have noticed that it very hard to change people's opinions.
    The most that we can do is give our opinion once when the subject comes up and then let it go.


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