David Coppedge worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California for 14 years. During that time he was the ideal employee and advanced to a management position. However, everything changed when he started sharing his personal views with his colleagues.
When the subject about the origin of Earth and the universe came up in conversations, Coppedge shared his beliefs in intelligent design and even shared DVDs if his colleagues were interested. A few employees complained and Coppedge was reprimanded, then demoted for sharing his views while co-workers who expressed views that opposed his were left alone. His speech was labeled by his superiors as “religious” in spite of the fact Coppedge spoke from a purely scientific point of view. When Coppedge filed a lawsuit for discrimination, he was dismissed.
His lawsuit was allowed to go to trial last November. It will begin tomorrow, March 7.
Source: Urban Christian News. NASA Trial Begins in Intelligent Design Discrimination Lawsuit. urbanchristiannews.com. March 6, 2012.
–Harry A. Gaylord–