Exposing PseudoAstronomy

May 21, 2013

Podcast #75: Young-Earth Creationist, David Coppedge, Sues NASA for Discrimination, and He Loses

You’re just a jerk. Don’t
Sue NASA for religious

I’ve been wanting to do this episode for three years now, and I finally get to: The case of David Coppedge, who sued NASA for religious discrimination (he was an employee), a case that was trumpeted by the Discovery Institute … and early this year, the judge rejected every single one of his arguments.

The episode is an interview with a legal professional who is going by the name of Harold Ormansky (or “Harry”) – a pseudonym because of various issues with his name being associated with this kind of stuff. But I can vouch for him. And anyone who may recognize his voice due to this person’s other endeavors will agree. But, let’s keep his real name on the “q-t” or “d-l.”

The main interview is about a half hour long, and then I go through a few points of clarification. All of the other normal segments will be back for the next episode.



  1. Ooh, looking forward to listening to this one. This was just a great case in every possible way.

    Comment by David Gerard — May 22, 2013 @ 3:06 am | Reply

  2. The case couldn’t have gone any other way, of course, but naturally Coppedge and the DI will do their utmost to turn him into a martyr to the cause.

    Comment by Phil — May 22, 2013 @ 11:07 pm | Reply

  3. I agree the whole effort by the defense team to make Coppage’s case a cause celebre was obvious from the start. A few Christians almost reflexively default back to martyrdom, even to the point of begging to be persecuted, even though nobody wants to bother with them. Compared to the real persecution that is happening in places like Egypt, the occasional inconveniences American Christians cry out about become ludicrous.

    What Coppage needs to do is find a way to be less annoying to his co-workers. That is his real failing — the one he refuses to change. Coppage worked his way up to a management position, so he obviously has skills. If he had learned to keep his opinions more to himself or at least saved them for outside of work hours, he probably would’ve been more valuable to keep around or likely find employment with one of the private space venture companies.

    Comment by Rick K. — May 24, 2013 @ 9:17 am | Reply

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