Time Article on Coppedge v. JPL

Time’s web page has an article up by Jeffrey Kluger. Kluger is a lawyer and relates his reaction to the briefs filed in the case of David Coppedge v. Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech.

Groups like the intelligent design community are not always free to pick their poster children, and it’s unfortunate for them that Coppedge is one of theirs. It’s true enough that employers and colleagues in a science-based workplace might be uncomfortable with the idea of a coworker who believes in intelligent design. But neither the Constitution nor employee-protection laws can regulate feelings — no more than they can or should regulate belief systems. They can, however, circumscribe behavior on both sides of that faith-divide. From the filings at least, JPL appears to have stayed well within those boundaries. Coppedge appears to have jumped the rails entirely.

Yes, even disinterested third parties get it now.

JPL’s brief discusses a lack of self-awareness on Coppedge’s part. The tone-deafness isn’t just Coppedge, though. It permeates the DI and the IDC community. They are so intent on instantiating their myths that they cannot seem to wrap their heads around the idea that one of their own could be in the wrong. You’d think with all those lawyers in their camp that they would be better at this than they are.

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7 thoughts on “Time Article on Coppedge v. JPL

  • 2012/03/19 at 12:16 pm
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    I just posted this over there:

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    “Coppedge both runs a “creative-evolution” website and serves on the board of a company that produces intelligent design videos.”

    Um, no, “creative evolution” is something different. Coppedge’s website is called “Creation-Evolution Headlines.” Coppedge doesn’t believe in “creative evolution”, he’s literally an old-fashioned fundamentalist Young-Earth Creationist (YEC).
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    Kind of an important difference!

  • 2012/03/19 at 12:59 pm
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    They are so intent on instantiating their myths that they cannot seem to wrap their heads around the idea that one of their own could be in the wrong.

    I think you are giving the DI too much credit for honest stupidity instead of dishonest cupidity of using a poor schmuch like Coppedge.

  • 2012/03/20 at 2:03 am
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    They don’t dare entertain the idea that one of their own is wrong. If they do that, the very foundations of their beliefs crumble to nothing. They’re doing the equivalent of sticking their fingers in their ears and yelling, “lalalalalalalalalalala I can’t hear you!”

    It’s utterly foundational to them that their adherents *not* be wrong. Anything else is simply inconceivable.

  • 2012/03/21 at 10:22 am
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    Will you be posting this on the PT? I think you should.

  • 2012/03/26 at 1:43 pm
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    Great! It has 82 comments so far.

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