ICC Note: Upon presenting research that found soft tissue within a Triceratops fossil, biologist at California State University – Northridge Mark Armitage was fired shortly after. Despite the fact that Armitage himself never made any conclusions in his paper, but rather only presented his factual data, the discovery was deemed unacceptable by the school. Armitage is being represented by the Pacific Justice Institute, claiming that CSUN terminated his employment due to his Christian beliefs.
By Garrett Haley
07/24/2014 United States (Christian News Network) – A legal defense organization filed a lawsuit this week against California State University, alleging that the school fired a biologist for discovering scientific evidence that contradicted evolutionary theory.
Mark Armitage was a scientist at California State University—Northridge (CSUN), where he worked as a researcher and supervised the school’s electron microscope laboratory. He was also a member of several scientific organizations, including the Microscopy Society of America, the American Society of Parasitologists, and the Southern California Academy of Sciences.
However, CSUN suddenly terminated Armitage’s employment two years ago after he discovered soft tissue on a Triceratops fossil. Evolutionists at the university were evidently displeased by Armitage’s discovery, since they were convinced that the fossil was tens of millions of years old.
Even though Armitage’s findings were published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, the university decided to fire him, saying his findings were unacceptable. According to Armitage, his supervisor entered the lab and declared, “We will not tolerate your religion in this department!”
In an interview with GenesisWeek, Armitage said he was shocked and frustrated when the university terminated his employment.
“It is frustrating because I made no conclusions in the paper, I just presented the factual data,” he 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.”
Armitage believes he lost his job because evolutionists in the department were unwilling to consider the implications of his discovery.
“Suffice it to say,” Armitage added, “some people in the department didn’t appreciate [the soft tissue discovery], and somehow they seemed to work a way to have me very quickly removed from my position.”