In a move that is sure to displease fundamentalists and social conservatives, U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) has introduced a Darwin Day Resolution in anticipation of Charles Darwin’s 207th birthday on February 12, 2016.
Rep. Himes stated, “Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking and world-changing work has left an indelible mark on the way human beings view the world and our relationship with it. Through his tireless observations and unique perspective on the world, Darwin made incredible breakthroughs toward revealing the origins of life and the fundamental genetic structures that make up every organism. Scientists are still building upon his legacy today, enhancing the fields of medicine, biology, environmental studies and the social sciences. The world owes a debt of gratitude to this pioneer, and today we celebrate his life and contributions.”
Darwin Day is a project of the American Humanist Association and is celebrated nationally and internationally as a day to promote reason and science. More information on the resolution can be found at the AHA’s site here.
It’s great that this resolution has been introduced in Congress, but wouldn’t it be even better to see it pass? You can ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor and support the Darwin Day Resolution via this link.