Mark Armitage, a scientist from the California State University Campus discovered soft tissue on a triceratops fossil which indicates that dinosaurs roamed the earth only thousands of years ago and did not go extinct 65 million years ago, as the scientific consensus believes.
Armitage published his findings after the discovery and subsequently fired by the University. Many argue that it was an attempt by the University to silence scientific speech at the public University. Court documents reveal that shortly after the discovery, a university official challenged the motives of Armitage, by shouting at him, “We are not going to tolerate your religion in this department.”
The Pacific Justice Institute has filed a law suit with the Los Angeles County Superior Court against the board of trustees of CSU citing discrimination for perceived religious views. Brad Dacus, president of the PJI stated:
“Terminating an employee because of their religious views is completely inappropriate and illegal.”
Armitage has been a published scientist for more than 30 years. The University claimed that his appointment had been temporary and said that his dismissal was due to lack of funding. This is an argument Armitage opposes with prior statements and documents from the University saying otherwise.
Michael Peffer, staff attorney with PJI’s southern California office stated:
“It has become apparent that ‘diversity’ and ‘intellectual curiosity, so often touted as hallmarks of a university education, do not apply to those with a religious point of view.” “This suit was filed, in part, to vindicate those ideals.”
Posted by Amanda Hopkins