David Coppedge worked as a high-level technical specialist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratories for fourteen years. He worked on the Cassini mission to Saturn.
David is an outspoken biblical creationist. He has his own creation website and has written prolifically on the creation – evolution issue and is well respected by other creationists worldwide.
The California Institute of Technology operates the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and were quite aware of David’s creationist views. They issued David a written warning for ‘pushing his religion’ to other JPL workers while on the job. This was followed up with a charge of harassment. Eventually, David was demoted in position and pay.
David believed that he was being targeted because of his creationist beliefs and filed a lawsuit against JPL in 2010. Shortly after filing suit, they fired David, citing a need to cut their budget.
In November of 2011, the Superior Court of California for the County of Los Angeles said that they saw enough merit to David’s case that it had to go to a trial. That trial starts today.
David is being represented in court by William Becker of the Becker Law firm who also works as an attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund. Leading up to today’s trial, Becker said,
“Employees shouldn’t be threatened with termination and punished for sharing their opinion with willing co-workers just because the view being shared doesn’t fit the prevailing view in the workplace. Mr. Coppedge has always maintained that intelligent design is a scientific theory, but JPL has illegally discriminated against him on the basis of what it deems to be ‘religion.'”
David has said that the actions of the JPL officials have been financially devastating for him and his family. It has also been an emotional drain. He says that the future of his creation ministry and website rest upon the outcome of the trial.
We need to uphold David in prayer as the trial gets started. Pray the court sees that he is being persecuted for his religious beliefs and that he will be restored to his job and that JPL is made to make restitution to him for all of the wages he lost since they demoted and fired him.