A former NASA employee is accusing the laboratory in which he worked of wrongful termination, according to CBS News. David Coppedge worked the lead on several NASA missions. He claims he was discriminated against after engaging in workplace debates concerning intelligent design and other “religious” views. He described them as intelligent and respectful conversations.
Coppedge was demoted from his “team lead” title in 2009 and let go last year. He thinks it because of his views on intelligent design and not his performance and work. The Alliance Defense Fun, a Christian civil rights group, and the Discovery Institute are both supporting Coppedge in his wrongful termination lawsuit against NASA.
“It’s part of a pattern,” says John West, associate director of Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle. “There is basically a war on anyone who dissents from Darwin and we’ve seen that for several years. This is free speech, freedom of conscience 101.”
This case has nothing to do with religion, science or intelligent design—it is about an employee who was terminated for his beliefs, which is wrong, and which is illegal in the United States.
“David had this reputation for being a Christian, for being a practicing one. He did not go around evangelizing or proselytizing. But if he found out that someone was a Christian he would say ‘Oh that’s interesting, what denomination are you?’” said William Becker, Coppedge’s attorney. “He’s not apologizing for who he is. He’s an evangelical Christian.”
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—California employment attorneys