A team of attorneys is jumping to the defense of a scientist who made the stunning discovery of soft tissue still attached to a triceratops skeleton, undermining the belief that dinosaurs roamed earth 60 million years ago, and was then fired.
Officials at the Pacific Justice Institute said their case on behalf of Mark Armitage includes an allegation that an official of the university where Mark Armitage worked shouted at him, “We are not going to tolerate your religion in this department!”
The legal action against California State University Northridge was filed recently in Los Angeles County Superior Court against the board of trustees and alleges discrimination.
“Terminating an employee because of their religious views is completely inappropriate and illegal,” said Brad Dacus, PJI president.
“But doing so in an attempt to silence scientific speech at a public university is even more alarming. This should be a wakeup call and warning to the entire world of academia,” he said.
Armitage’s lawyers said he was at a dig in the Hell Creek formation in Montana in 2012 when he came up with “the largest triceratops horn ever unearthed at the site.
Later, while examining the specimen under a high-powered microscope at CSUN, he was fascinated to see the soft tissue that remained.