PSST, NORTH CAROLINA STATE had nothing to do with this suit. Mark Armitage was terminated by a state college of CALIFORNIA.
I went on record severql yer go that firing him was a dumb move. He should have been part of the growing discussions on what typ of fossilization allows fossilized soft tissue to exist trapped inside of fossilized(Completely chemically altered) bone. The discussion had ultimately reached a conclusion that is
2. demonstratable in the laboratory.
ven Mary SChweitzer , the founder and mpther of all this soft tissue research stated that firing Armitage because of his religious beliefes is not the way to move science long.
We will always have fringe elements and outfits like "Creation SCience" who will deny the existence of soft tissue inide fossil bone may be a "Special kind of chemical fossilization" not and overturning of age determination.
Seems that ARmitage got 360K for his firing roughly 2 yeqrs salary at his position (Lets say the agreed to a "golden parachute" for him. He also got some allowances for his retirement and hi mdical.
Id wished that he would hve been retined and required to promote his Creationist thinking as a convenient target where students can lern ho science relly works. AS Jck Horner said about ARmitage
""Science is about building hypotheses, testing them, and attempting to falsify them ,but Creation science, or any other pseudoscience is just the opposite. It comes up with notions and then only seeks evidence that supports the notion (meanwhile ignoring and denying all the rest)"
The soft tissue issue is fairly understood in 2017 as a chemical reaction of the haem Iron in the blood of the original living creature reacting with the surrounding tissue and "creating" a totally new means of fossilization.
Think about it, If the soft tissue is only a few thousand yers old(as claimed by Creationists),HOW does it become emplaced and sealed within fossilized bone which has been totally silicified and, on top of that howcome the sediment ages surrounding the fossil have been unequivocally dated at about 65 MILLION years old.??