According to Center for Science and Culture , David Coppedge has been demoted and in other ways retaliated against without warning by NASA Jet Propulsion Lab after he loaned pro-intelligent design science videos to some of his colleagues. He was first demoted on his job and later fired.
David Coppedge was an information technology specialist and high level system administrator at NASA’s Jet Propulsio
David’s case has been picked up by Academic Freedom at the Center for Science and Culture and this organization is seeking to find those who will stand with Coppedge and support him in his defense.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a jury will decide whether NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) unlawfully discriminated against a former employee for discussing the scientific theory of intelligent design (ID) at work.
The complaint filed in the case may be seen and read on-line.
The question that ultimately will decide the case seems to be: Is Intelligent Design a religion? At first, the Court sided with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, but on reconsideration, it sided with Coppedge. Thus, the case is going to trial, unless the parties settle first.
The evolutionists are making a big deal out of Coppedge’s defense by saying that he is now agreeing that ID is a religion. I found the best explanation of this at Liberty University in a Legal Journal Education Department:
The case is peculiar because Coppedge holds, quite correctly, that ID is a scientific viewpoint and not a religious one, and yet he is alleging religious discrimination due to JPL’s restrictions on his pro-ID speech. But the epistemological status of ID is not at issue in the case; rather, the lawsuit looks into the mind of the employer, which openly charged Coppedge with “pushing religion” and creating a hostile work environment by discussing ID. In essence, since JPL deemed that ID is religion and then punished Coppedge on the basis of that belief, the suit argues that protections against religious discrimination under FEHA.
The case is not entirely dissimilar from an asymmetry in the law explored in a recent article I published in Liberty University Law Review:
If selective enforcement of the law is a hallmark of tyranny, then we should be exceedingly troubled by both the constitutional implications and hypocrisy of the evolution lobby – behavior that opposes advocating [views like] ID … on the grounds they are religious viewpoints, but expressly endorses public schools inhibiting, opposing, and disapproving of those purported religious viewpoints.(4)
While this case lies outside of the public school arena, one could likewise argue that when employers maintain that ID is religion, they cannot refuse to grant ID advocacy the full protections of laws prohibiting religious discrimination. Employers can’t label ID as “religion” and then expect to be exempt from religious discrimination laws.
What do you think?
My question for NASA-JPL would be this: If Intelligent Design is a religion, then what religion? The major religions of the world are clearly identified. People acknowledge their affiliations with Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism etc. Each religion has a doctrine or creed that members except. Why is this lacking in Intelligent Design if ID is a religion?
If ID isn’t a religion, why was Coppedge fired for distributing the videos? If it is ruled to be a religion, what happened to his protection under the 1st amendment?