After discovering layers of soft triceratops tissue, he was fired.
Armitage freely admits that he often engaged students in conversations, giving his opinion on issues such as the age of the remarkably well-preserved cells in the triceratops horn. “To me, the obvious conclusion is they’re young. They can’t be 68 million years old,” he says.
In terms of getting his job back, those conversations might be Armitage’s undoing. US anti-discrimination laws require employers to reasonably accommodate an employee’s beliefs or religious practices, unless doing so would cause ‘undue hardship’ to the employer, says Justine Lisser, a spokesperson for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
If Armitage made his living bending metal in a machine shop, an employer would find it difficult to show how his views caused undue hardship, she says.
Yes, of course. Anyone who threatens Darwinism with inconvenient findings and talks about what he thinks they mean should end up that way.
Now here’s a question: The U fired him; will they also take credit for his find?
Wouldn’t Nature, love that!
See also: He responds to his critics.
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