Expelled from NASA Ben Stein’s landmark documentary Expelled and Dr Jerry Bergman’s book Slaughter of the Dissidents (both available via creation.com/store) present numerous examples of creationists being excluded from academic and research positions because of their opposition to evolution. Now evolutionists have claimed yet another prize scalp—this time it’s leading creationist David Coppedge (see his article p. 44 this issue). NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) fired him earlier this year, after nearly 14 years of stellar service. JPL says Coppedge’s termination resulted from budgetary constraints/downsizing, but his dismissal came after he’d filed a lawsuit against his employer, alleging discrimination because JPL had sought to gag him from talking about the creation-evolution issue with co-workers. David Coppedge was the most senior member of the team that oversees the computers on NASA and JPL’s Cassini Mission to Saturn—that doesn’t seem at all like the first staff member who would be forced to leave in a downsizing situation. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab fires Cassini Mission Senior Computer Admin who filed discrimina- tion lawsuit, www.evolutionnews.org, 25 January 2011.
Based on the idea that fruitflies evolved from non-flies and even non-insects, evolutionists supposed that ‘old’ genes (those shared with non-flies) would be more important than ‘new’ genes (thoseonly in flies).
only in flies). So they inactivated one gene at a time in flies to find wh ich ones were ssential. Much to their surpr ise, the ‘old’ and ‘new’ genes were equa lly important— about 1/3 of all inactivat ed genes caused death. Without evolutionary assumptions there wou ld be no reason to suppose that genes s hared with other creatures (they had the same Creator) would be more important to the flies than genes that are peculiar to flies. This has implications for medical research. Based on the same faulty evolutionary reasoning, scientists have
u assumed that humans share all the really important genes with mice, so that experiments on mice would be a fine indicator of human responses. Age doesn’t matter: New genes are as essential as ancient ones, www.sciencedaily.com, 16 December 2010. Yet another failure of evolutionary theory Cricket didn’t change in 100 million years of evolution? The splay-footed cricket genus Schizodactylus has exhib- ited what evolutionists call evolutionary stasis for “at leasthe last 100 million years”. Note the similarity between fossil he last 100 million years”. Note the similarity between fossil (left photo) and living (right) specimens. But it’s no problem for creationists, as this issue’s ‘living fossil’ article on p. 23 explains. (See also creation.com/stasis.) Note, too, the degree of detail preserved in the fossil specimen—consistent with rapid burial in an event only thousands of years ago (Genesis
6–9), not millions. Rare insect fossil reveals 100 million years of evolutionary stasis, news.illinois.edu, 3 February 2011.
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