Sunday, June 4, 2017

Notes:: Twatwaffle of the Week for June 2, 2017 (#9)

"A Creationist Sues the Grand Canyon for Religious Discrimination"

Coppedge case
In January 2013, the judge presiding over the case found for the defendant, ruling that Coppedge failed to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that Caltech (which operates JPL for NASA) engaged in religious discrimination against, retaliated against, failed to prevent discrimination against, wrongfully demoted, or wrongfully terminated Coppedge.
John Oller litigation
A University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against the university’s Communicative Disorders Department alleging faculty members have discriminated against him and marginalized his position because of his beliefs on creationism and an alleged connection between autism, mercury and vaccinations.

John Oller, a professor of cognitive disorders, says in the suit, filed late last week in U.S. District Court in Lafayette, that departmental members have urged him to leave, reduced his class size, forbidden him from participating in policy committees, banned his textbook, denied him opportunities to lecture or instruct students, and announced to him that it was due to his viewpoints on matters of academic and public concern, “thereby condemning him for his outlooks as an official act of department authority,” the suit says.
(Justia listing

Karl Karlstrom, Ph.D. with the University of New Mexico said Snelling proposal, in part, was not "well written, up-to-date or well referenced" and "I suspect his research application... is motivated by his faith that the Cambrian strata were deposited during Noah's flood, which is the creationist (and certainly not the scientific) explanation for Grand Canyon strata."

Peter Huntoon, a former professor at the University of Wyoming, said the park should adhere to "your narrowly defined institution mandate ... that ours is a secular society as per our constitution" and argued creationists have already decided the answers to their proposed questions.

"Your internal screening processes should include an examination of the credentials of the submitters so that those who represent inappropriate interests should be screened out," Hutton wrote and suggested a history of creationist research pre-dating Answers in Genesis.

The third peer-review from Ron Blakley of Northern Arizona University simply said, "it is difficult to review such an outlandish proposal."

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