Creationist Wins Lawsuit Against State of California

In 1994-96, I attended the graduate school at the Institute of Creation research in Santee, California. I was pursuing a Master’s Degree in Biology. While there, I met a fellow student by the name of Mark Armitage.

Today, Mark refers to himself as a Micro Specialist, but he’s also an expert on many types of microscopes and taking photos with them, including electron microscopes. More importantly, Mark is a Christian and a young earth creationist as am I.

Their significance is proof that diamonds don’t take millions of years to form. The particular polonium radio haloes Mark photographed occur at certain stages of the radioactive decay of each stage of the polonium isotopes. In this case, those particular haloes found in the diamonds occur in an extremely short period of time, meaning that the diamonds formed quickly, not over millions of years. Mark took photos via a research microscope of polonium radio haloes in diamonds.

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Mark obtained a job at California State University, Northridge, running their microscopy lab. CSUN is a state run secular university.

Mark is also a fossil hound and has been on a number of dinosaur fossil digs. When he gets back to the lab, he searches to see if there is any soft tissue or evidence to show that the dinosaur fossils are not millions of years old. On one particular dig, Mark recovered a 48-inch-long Triceratops horn, in which he discovered soft tissue.

Mark published an article on the soft tissue in a December issue of the prestigious secular journal Acta Histochenica. The title of his article was ‘Soft sheets of fibrillar bone from a fossil of the supraorbital horn of the dinosaur Triceratops horridus.’

Mark’s paper was strictly a science paper and made no mention or reference to his religion, the Bible or the possible age of the Triceratops horn. However, it is obvious to any rational person that soft tissues and beautiful cells he found could not be millions of years old.

Not long after the publication of his article, Mark’s boss entered the lab, ranting and raving, and Mark was subsequently and abruptly fired from his job, based upon his young-earth creationist views.

I’ve written before how I know of numerous instances where young-earth creationists have been discriminated against in the secular world, generally in public schools, colleges and universities. What happened to Mark is just one of these cases of religious discrimination.

Most people believe that evolution is science but it isn’t. Evolution is a religious belief in billions of years of godless random chance. Science is finding the Triceratops horn and knowing that the majority of the horn has been fossilized. Science also shows us that there was soft tissue discovered in the horn. Evolutionists look at the scientific evidence and automatically interpret it using their presupposition of millions of years and that dinosaurs disappeared 65-million-years ago. Young earth creationists take the same scientific evidence and interpret it with their presupposition that God created the world just over 6,000-years ago and that most of the dinosaurs were killed in the Genesis flood that occurred about 4,364-years ago. Same science, different conclusions based upon one’s religious presuppositions on the origins of life.

Mark Armitage was excellent at his job of managing the microscopy lab at CSUN and the only reason for his sudden dismissal was because of his young-earth creationist views so he filed a lawsuit against the university and his boss, Dr. Ernest Kwoc. When Kwoc stormed into Mark’s lab, he shouted:

“We’re not going to tolerate your religion in this department.”

In a judge’s ruling, it was determined that the university discriminated against Mark’s religion but it also failed to investigate his written complaint of religious discrimination to his supervisors and in so doing, the university violated several state and federal laws. In other words, Mark Armitage, a young earth creationist won his lawsuit against the State of California since the university is a state school.

It’s about time a Christian stood up for his rights and that’s what Mark did and he won. He feels great about being vindicated, but unlink many Christians, Mark was not about to back down from his faith or his rights. More Christians need to take a firm stand for their faith in Jesus Christ and the Bible and stop rolling over and playing dead. I’m proud to call Mark a friend and even more proud to call him a brother in Christ and a warrior of the faith.

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Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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