Fired because of creationist views, university scientist fights back


soft-tissue-dinosaur-bones-and-evolution.pngCSUN scientist Mark Armitage found soft tissue in a dinosaur bone, a discovery that throws significant doubt on evolution. Then, two weeks after publishing his findings, he was fired.

Now California State University at Northridge has paid Armitage a six-figure sum to settle his wrongful termination suit based on religious discrimination. While the university admits no wrongdoing, Armitage’s attorney said they feared losing a protracted lawsuit because of a “smoking gun” email that backed the plaintiff’s case.

mark-armitage-csunThe case of Armitage is the latest to show the mounting hostility Christians face in academics and other public arenas.

“Soft tissue in dinosaur bones destroys ‘deep time.’ Dinosaur bones cannot be old if they’re full of soft tissue,” Armitage said in a YouTube video. “Deep time is the linchpin of evolution. If you don’t have deep time, you don’t have evolution. The whole discussion of evolution ends if you show that the earth is young. You can just erase evolution off the whiteboard because of soft tissue in dinosaur bones.”

Triceratops-Horn-dinosaursArmitage was hired as a microscopist to manage CSUN’s electron and confocal microscope suite in 2010. He had published some 30 articles in scientific journals about his specialty.

A graduate of Liberty University, Armitage adheres to the “young earth” view, against the majority of scientists who say our planet is 5 billion years old. He engaged students in his lab with Socratic dialogue over the issue of the earth’s age based on his and others’ research, he said.

triceratops-skeletonIn May 2012, Armitage went on a dinosaur dig at the famous fossil site of Hell Creek in Montana, where he unearthed the largest triceratops horn ever found there. Back at CSUN, he put the fossil under his microscope and made the startling discovery: unfossilized, undecayed tissue was present.

If the dinosaur were 65 million years old, the soft tissue could not have possibly remained, he says. His findings seconded groundbreaking discoveries by noted molecular paleontologist Mary Schweitzer, who triggered an earthquake in the world of paleontology when she published about soft tissue in dinosaur bones in 2005. (Schweitzer subsequently postulated that iron is responsible for preserving the soft tissue.)

Armitage’s February 2013 study was published in the peer-reviewed Acta Histochemica, a journal of cell and tissue research. Two week later, he found himself without a job.

A biology professor had come into his office and said, “We are not going to tolerate your religion in this department.” Read the rest of the story about soft tissue dinosaur bones CSUN’s Mark Armitage.

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11 responses to “Fired because of creationist views, university scientist fights back

  1. You might be interested in an older article I wrote on evolution – https://jeffreyhking.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/evolution-and-the-geologic-record-2/ – and the fossil record. It also contains information on Ken Ham’s Creation museum and its resources. You can also check my categories of Science, History, and the Bible.

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  3. Firing him does it change the truth?
    Truth may be covered for some time but at the end it will surface.

  4. Evolution is a theory – not a fact- which in my opinion takes more faith to believe in than in God because it’s just soooo full of holes. Secondly Charles Darwins book that children are being taught from was called “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life” – just a tad racist in its full title . Great post.

  5. Love it! The truth will set you free!

  6. Can you imagine how foolish those who deny creation are going to feel standing in front of God after denying His existence and power? Amazing and yet even those who saw all that God accomplished in the Wilderness still turned from Him too. So grateful God is patient with mankind and with me most of all. Blessings back,

  7. Reblogged this on RG's 2 Cents Studios and commented:
    Thanks to Mustard Seed Budget for promoting this article!

  8. That freedom of speech so valued in our schools, it seems more and more it’s only if it’s the right speech.

  9. It is an illusion to believe democracy allows the expression of all views, it , like many other forms of government is dominated by the majority.
    This domination by the majority is everywhere, what baptist university would allow Muslim professorship? Each group seeks to shut out all opposing views . Science takes its lead from the majority consensus just like any other political movement. At this time Dominion Theology is seeking to rule America. Fortunately in today’s world minority groups are tolerated rather than burned at the stake or imprisoned ,but imprisonment does happen in some countries. The so called western democracies are the freest nations on earth but make no mistake combating groups are seeking to take over.
    ‘Much Madness is dishonest Sense-
    To a discerning Eye-
    Much Sense- the starlets Madness-
    ‘Tis the Majority
    In this ,as All, prevail-
    Assent – and you are sane-
    Demur- you’re straightaway dangerous-
    And handled with a chain-‘

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