A former NASA employee who was fired last year is suing the space agency, claiming he was let go because he believes in intelligent design, according to news reports.
The employee, David Coppedge, was a computer specialist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and served as team leader for the Cassini orbiter mission around Saturn. He was demoted in 2009, and eventually lost his job in 2011, after 15 years of working on the mission.
Coppedge is now claiming he was wrongfully terminated, based on the fact that he talked to co-workers about intelligent design and passed out DVDs espousing the philosophy at work.
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For me though, I don't think it was so much about the intelligent design belief as much as it would have been about passing out DVDs and espousing the belief at work. The work place isn't the location for that, unless you work for a group whose purpose is to deseminate that message.