Mark Armitage was recently fired from his university. The reason he was fired is quite interesting to me. Mark was fired after finding soft tissue in a triceratops fossil and presenting it to his students to look at and discuss. First of all, many other scientists have confirmed that the soft tissue that was found somehow escaped fossilization but that it was, in fact, from a Tyrannosaurus Rex. John Asara of Harvard Medical School led one of the studies and was quoted in THIS article in National Geographic saying, "The sequences are clearly from T-Rex."
But evolutionist fossilization timescales don't allow for dinosaur soft tissue to be discovered today since they believe dinosaurs were on the earth millions of years ago. So many of these scientists are denying the evidence. They are unable (or refusing) to look objectively at the evidence and their philosophical naturalistic agendas are keeping them from truly considering what has been discovered. What interests me in this is the fact that these are commonly the ones who claim Creationists aren't willing to look at the evidence. I respect evolutionary scientists who are saying, "This is a mystery." "This shouldn't be the case." At least they are looking at the evidence, and that encourages me.
There are many scientists out there that are trying to do honest research, consider all the evidence, and present their findings despite their presuppositions. Many of these scientists admit that they believe this is soft tissue from a T-rex and that they have no idea how it could be there. But unfortunately this type of scientist does not appear to be in the majority – or at least they are not prevalent in today's media. If this were evidence for a missing link, it would be all over the news. As evidence for the relatively recent existence of dinosaurs, it isn't being talked about (except by Creationists). In the honest, scientific community, it is being acknowledged as a "difficulty" for evolution.
But whether you're a Christian or a scientist (or both) it is important to be objective and look at the evidence. I hate that this man lost his job when that is all it appears he was trying to do. It doesn't seem he was fired for his religious views, but because his scientific views don't fit the mainstream scientific community.
Here is the article if you want to take a look at it or you can find it in it's original form HERE…
University Fires Scientist After Dinosaur Discovery Offers Young Earth Evidence
A scientist is suing California State University, Northridge (CSUN) for firing him after he publicized a discovery that suggests dinosaurs roamed America thousands of years ago, rather than the millions most evolutionists cite.
Mark Armitage, who specializes in microscopic evidence for a young earth, unexpectedly stumbled upon soft tissue in a triceratops fossil and wrote about his discovery for a scientific journal. Two weeks later, he was out of a job. Armitage filed suit against the university’s board of trustees on Tuesday, citing wrongful termination and religious discrimination.
Armitage’s fascination with microscopes and tiny creatures started as a teen when he spent a summer on a marine science station staring at tiny planktonic algae through double lenses. Since then, he’s founded a successful microscope sales and consulting company, patented an optical inspection device, and discovered two new parasites. He holds memberships in several national scientific societies, and also serves as a Creation Research Society board member.
As the manager for the Electron and Confocal Microscopy Suite in the CSUN biology department, Armitage trained students to use the school’s high-powered microscopes. In the summer of 2012, while demonstrating one of the instruments, Armitage showed students the horn’s tissue samples and engaged them in “brief Socratic dialogue about the age of the horn,” according to the lawsuit. He believed the exchange was in keeping with leading students through the scientific method. A student reported the event to Armitage’s supervisor.
According to the suit, the supervisor stormed into the lab, shouting, “We are not going to tolerate your religion in this department!” and berating Armitage for his “creationist” views. Armitage informed the biology department chair and the head of technical services that what the supervisor said was a “clear example of religious discrimination.” Both of them assured Armitage his views would “not be a problem” and to “forget about the confrontation.” But they took no action to correct the supervisor or prevent future discrimination in the department, the suit claims.
Armitage published his findings in February 2013 with a peer-reviewed article for Acta Histochemica, a journal dedicated to the structural biochemistry of cells and tissues. His findings mirrored other recent discoveries of soft tissue in dinosaur bones. Two weeks later, CSUN fired Armitage, claiming his contract was temporary and the school lacked funding to continue the position.
On July 22, Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Armitage’s behalf, declaring he was fired due to his “perceived” religious views and, contrary to the school’s claim, his position was not temporary nor was funding an issue in the department. Armitage’s contract defined his position as “permanent part-time” and he was enrolled in the university’s benefits package. On the job for three years, he held progressively increasing responsibilities, received numerous commendations from co-workers and supervisors, and was told by his supervisor via email there were “big plans” to increase his lab, “complete with it’s own building(!)”
The lawsuit accuses the university of violating the Fair Employment and Housing Act, as well as Armitage’s First Amendment right to free speech and his academic freedom. A CSUN spokeswoman said on Thursday she couldn’t comment on the lawsuit because the school hadn’t been served.
“Terminating an employee because of their religious views is completely inappropriate and illegal,” Brad Dacus, president of PJI, said in a press release. “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.”