If you're particularly passionate about your religious beliefs, it may be a good idea to keep them to yourself when you're at work -- especially if you're a creationist who works with a bunch of scientists. Consider former NASA computer specialist David Coppedge, who also proactively believes in intelligent design and is now suing his former employee for wrongful termination linked to discrimination against his religious beliefs. According to Gillian Flaccus, writing for the Associated Press, Coppedge "claims he was discriminated against because he engaged his co-workers in conversations about intelligent design and handed out DVDs on the idea while at work."
In the lawsuit, Coppedge says he believes other things also led to his demotion, including his support for a state ballot measure that sought to define marriage as limited to heterosexual couples and his request to rename the annual holiday party a Christmas party.
Coppedge's former bosses say that he was dismissed because of "ongoing conflicts with others," which -- in our humble opinion -- might have stemmed from the fact that he was bringing DVDs about creationism to work and presumably trying to convert their thinking against that harebrained evolution idea.
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