Saturday, August 02, 2014

Calif. Univ. Fires Scientist for Being Christian

Scientist Mark Armitage stunned the scientific community last year when he published his discovery of soft tissue from the triceratops horn fossil that he had unearthed in 2012 in Montana -- thus proving that the dinosaurs roamed the earth thousands of years ago, rather than millions. His employer, California State University-Northridge (CSUN), responded to this significant scientific breakthrough by summarily firing Armitage just days after his publication.
“We are not going to tolerate your religion in this department!!”
-- Dr. Ernest Kwok, California State University (Armitage's superior)
For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Science Limited to Godless Origins at Ball State Univ.

University of Kentucky Won't Hire Christians as Scientists

Scientists Call to Outlaw Non-evolution Theories & Beliefs

D.C. University Suspends Christian for Defending Marriage

New Mexico Museum Seeks Atheists, Slams Christians

Newspaper Editor, Fired for Being Christian, Sues

California City Official Yanked: Caught Reading Bible

Christian Sports Commentator Fired for Supporting Natural Marriage

-- From "Lawsuit: CSUN Scientist Fired After Soft Tissue Found On Dinosaur Fossil" posted at CBS News Los Angeles 7/24/14

While at the Hell Creek Formation excavation site in [Glendive,] Montana, researcher Mark Armitage discovered what he believed to be the largest triceratops horn ever unearthed at the site, according to attorney Brad Dacus of Pacific Justice Institute.

Upon examination of the horn under a high-powered microscope back at CSUN, Dacus says Armitage was “fascinated” to find soft tissue on the sample – a discovery Bacus said stunned members of the school’s biology department and even some students “because it indicates that dinosaurs roamed the earth only thousands of years in the past rather than going extinct 60 million years ago.”

Armitage’s findings were eventually published in July 2013 in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

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From "Scientist claims California university fired him over creationist beliefs" posted at 7/30/14

Scientists who study dinosaurs have long believed that triceratops existed some 68 million years ago and became extinct about 65 million years ago.

Armitage's finding, however, challenged that assertion. He argued the triceratops must be much younger or else those cells would have "decayed into nothingness," according to the July 22 lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Armitage, a long-time microscope scientist who has some 30 published papers to his name, believes the bones are no more than 4,000 years old -- a hypothesis that supports his view that such dinosaurs roamed the Earth relatively recently and that the planet is young.

The discovery of soft tissue cells within dinosaur remains is controversial. When soft tissue was found in 2005 on the bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex -- believed to be 68 million years old -- researchers last November provided a physical explanation for it: iron within the dinosaur's body had preserved the tissue from decay.

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From "University Fires Scientist After Discovery Challenges Dinosaur Theory" by Dave Bohon, The New American 7/29/14

. . . according to the lawsuit, the day that Armitage's paper was published online, February 12, 2013, Kwok called a secret meeting of other staff members, during which the decision was made to fire Armitage.

Several days later a manager in Armitage's department informed him that he was the target of a “witch hunt” and encouraged him to resign, according to the lawsuit. On February 27 [2013] Armitage was officially terminated from his employment.

According to the complaint, while Armitage had been in his position for over three years and was led to believe it was permanent, CSUN abruptly claimed his appointment was only temporary and that there was suddenly a lack of funding for his position.

Michael Peffer, a Pacific Justice Institute staff attorney who is assisting in the suit, said that it was “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.”

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From "LAWSUIT: University Fired Scientist For Finding Soft Tissue on Dinosaur Horn" by Jennifer Kabbany, Editor, The College Fix 7/25/14

Armitage, who has some 30 publications to his credit and is past-president of the Southern California Society for Microscopy, was hired by the university in early 2010 to manage a wide variety of oversight duties for the biology department’s array of state-of-the-art microscopes, court documents state. He also trained students on how to use the complicated equipment.

[Armitage] published his findings, first in the November 2012 issue of American Laboratory magazine, which published images of the soft tissue on its cover, and then online in February 2013 in the peer-reviewed journal Acta Histochemica, according to the lawsuit.

“It is frustrating because I made no conclusions in the paper [alluding to creationism], I just presented the factual data,” Armitage had said. “The only conclusions I drew were that ‘This needs to be investigated further. We have a lot of work to do.’ And that was it.”

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.In addition, read about colleges banning Christian student clubs from campuses across America and also read of the visceral reaction by professors to Christians' free speech, and myriad other hostile anti-Christian actions at these institutions of "higher learning."

And read about state universities removing Bibles from campus.