The following article, NASA Rejects Petition to Rename James Webb Telescope that Leftist Call ‘The Homophobic Telescope’, was first published on Flag And Cross.
For the last several years wokesters have been attacking the James Webb Space Telescope, calling it the “Homophobic Telescope” because its namesake, NASA administrator James Webb was outed as having spoken against homosexuality back in the 1950s.
NASA, though, has rejected a new petition that had demanded that the space agency delete James Webb’s name from the device.
petition attacked Webb as a homophobe:
The historical record is already clear: under Webb’s leadership, queer people were persecuted. Those who would excuse Webb’s failure of leadership cannot simultaneously award him credit for his management of Apollo. Leaders are responsible not only for the actions of those they lead, but the climate they create within their spheres of influence. As we have noted previously, Webb’s legacy of leadership is complicated at best, and at worst, complicit with persecution.
The time has come to choose a future that is inspiring to all of us. We demand that NASA immediately rename JWST, and bestow this honor on someone whose legacy befits a telescope whose data will be used in discoveries that will inspire future generations of astronomers, discoveries that we the undersigned will make.
The controversy has swirled around the name of the telescope at least since 2015 when woke activist Dan Savage published an article smearing Webb and pushing the idea of renaming the telescope.
According to the wokesters, during Webb’s leadership of NASA, gay employee Clifford Norton was fired in 1963 because he was outed as gay. He was also reportedly interrogated by NASA’s head of security over “gay activities.”
No prof has ever been presented that Webb had a hand in the firing or even knew about this incident. Bu since it happened when he headed the agency, people feel that is reason enough to dump him from the agency’s history.
There is some speculation that NASA has ignored the petition because the Webb telescope project — which is set to replace the aging Hubble telescope — is already 14 years behind schedule and the agency just wants it finished without controversies. The telescope is supposed to launch into space in December.
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