Suit: NASA Specialist Axed Over Intelligent Design

By: AP
By: AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A computer specialist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is going to court over allegations that he was wrongfully terminated because of his belief in intelligent design.

David Coppedge sued JPL after he was demoted and then let go. Openings statements in the trial are expected Monday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Coppedge claims he was discriminated against because he handed out DVDs about intelligent design to co-workers.

He lost his "team lead" title in 2009 and was let go last year.

JPL denies any discrimination and says Coppedge had conflicts with others and poor reviews.

Intelligent design supporters believe a higher power had a hand in creation because life is too complex to have developed through evolution alone.

Coppedge worked on the Cassini mission exploring Saturn and its moons.


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  • by Dan'o Location: CS on Mar 13, 2012 at 07:09 AM
    You may have wanted to mention that the project bozo was on was winding down and several hundred JPL staffers lost their jobs too. This guy needs to understand that people go to work to work, not to have someone impress their religious POV on you, which may have been a factor is his removal from a lead position- this is a norm across the real world. It is a shame that this guy wants to blame the loss of his job on what a good believer he is, rather than the real facts of the matter. I don't remember any scripture saying that you should be compensated in this life for being faithful. Maybe he glossed over the part on being truthful.
  • by John Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM
    An omnipotent all-powerful god is much more complex than anything on earth. Why is spontaneous generation of a god makes more sensible than spontaneous generation of a few segment strand of mRNA? Even if evolution has holes, it is still more scientifically useful than ID. Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation is to The Geocentric Model as Evolution is to Intelligent Design. Although Newton had some holes in his theory and Einstein proved him wrong later in small ways, which model got us to the moon? Geocentric or Newton?
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      by @John on Mar 12, 2012 at 07:55 PM in reply to John
      John, you may be entirely too intelligent to comment here. Judging from some of the postings and grammar I've seen elsewhere on this website, it's very likely. Quite possible that "geocentric" will fly over many heads. As for the story, I think scientists of all people would have open minds and be willing to consider any ideas, even ID. However, the ID dude was handing out DVDs, likely preaching, probably being annoying, and God knows what else! (HA) That is inappropriate for someone who is a Team Lead. Out.
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