Thanks to Karl Priest for pointing out the situation and youtube! Also for pointing out that another Darwinist has failed to take up the Life Science Prize challenge. Why? Probably because the court will only allow evidence and no speculation in making a verdict. If Darwinists have only evidence, they are without weapons.
Those other considerations began in 2009 when the administration found out that Coppedge had occasionally had friendly discussions about ID with fellow employees. Coppedge was not pushy in these conversations; if a colleague wasn't interested, Coppedge dropped the matter. Nonetheless, one administrator yelled at Coppedge and ordered him to stop "pushing religion," which led to Coppedge filing a claim of harassment. But rather than Coppedge's harassment claim being investigated, Coppedge later learned that he was the subject of an investigation that charged him with creating a hostile work environment.
Coppedge was then demoted and threatened with losing his job if he persisted in purportedly "unwelcome" and "disruptive" discussions of ID. Part of JPL's "Origins Program's" mission is purportedly to study questions like "How did we get here?" One would think that a little friendly conversation about intelligent design in the workplace would therefore be tolerated. But the gag order applied to no other JPL employees, and in fact JPL has openly tolerated anti-ID speech from its other employees. Sadly, David Coppedge was singled out and prevented from speaking in favor of ID.
To give some background on the timeline of Mr. Coppedge's case:
1997: Coppedge joins the Cassini mission team.
2000: Coppedge earns recognition for excellence, receiving the role of "Team Lead SA" (system administrator).
April, 2009: Coppedge demoted from team lead SA position because he shared pro-intelligent design DVDs like Unlocking the Mystery of Life and The Privileged Planet with co-workers.
April, 2010: Coppedge filed suit against JPL alleging discrimination.
January, 2011: Coppedge fired from JPL due to supposed downsizing.
From the Cornwall Alliance...
Post-Normal Science and the Pagan Quest for Power Over Nature—and Mankind
Author, Resisting the Green Dragon: Dominion, Not Death
(Cornwall Alliance, 2010, 311 pages)
Post-normal science is a corrupted form of science in which the quest to explain how our world works is less significant than the quest to use scientific authority to achieve political goals. One helpful way to understand it is to compare it with Cargo Cults.
During World War II remote tropical Pacific islands like Vanuatu became involved in war efforts when they became part of supply lines. To the natives the arrival of noisy birds was almost miraculous; they brought delicious foods, and other sorts of wondrous cargo.
After the war the birds, and their cargo, left. Into the vacuum returned old terrors of hunger and sickness, and an angry Earth. Superstitious natives copied what they had seen. They made model planes and runways. They had the form right—the outward form of religion—but lacked power. As they had seen, so they did. But no airplanes landed. Anthropologists call this religion a Cargo Cult.
In 1974 physicist Richard Feynman explained how something similar can happen in science. He observed that many scientists go through the motions of scientific rituals yet are not actually doing science. Experiment first, conclusions afterward is the basis of scientific inquiry. Cargo Cult science—including post-normal science—predetermines the conclusions and reverses the order.
The global warming federal-scientific partnership forms the basis for several modern Cargo Cults. For instance, tens of billions of American dollars have been thrown at studying global warming, with prominent scientists failing (or forbidding) to ask critical questions that might challenge cherished beliefs, or threaten the gravy train; annual federal funding to study global warming is around four billion dollars and rising. Scientists and politicians use this environmentalist Cargo Cult Science to make the most incredible predictions of future doom . It is magical in its ability to explain how almost every environmental calamity—whether hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or tempestuous—is caused by humanity’s insensitivity toward our mother planet.
James A. Wanliss, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Physics at Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC. His academic research interests are broad, ranging from space physics to pharmacotherapy and human factors psychology. He uses advanced mathematical techniques to create models, which he couples with detailed analysis of data. In space physics, his activities encompass the physics of solar wind turbulence and propagation and the interaction of solar wind with non-magnetized bodies.
Recent Significant Developments
Science & Ecology
Research newly published in the Journal of Geophysical Research--Atmospheres says computer climate models have little “skill” at predicting precipitation—i.e., they’re not to be trusted. The same models are the basis of fears of anthropogenic global warming and all its alleged catastrophic effects.
Greenland Ice Sheet is Safer than Scientists Previously Thought (Damian Carrington; Guardian.co.uk)
New study overturns fears that increased melting could lubricate the ice sheet, causing it to sink ever faster into the sea.
Economics & Energy
“California's pursuit of a radical environmentalist agenda has left both taxpayers and the economy in the dark. By regulating out new energy production, residents pay more for energy—when they can get it.” Also, President Obama's blocking of new power plants triggers nationwide blackouts.
Natural Resources Hold the Key to Economy, Creating Jobs (Doug Lamborn; The Washington Examiner)
“America was built on abundant and affordable energy. … Every facet of our economy depends on energy. Making it arbitrarily more expensive is guaranteed to cost more American jobs and cripple our economy.”