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Darwin Day resolution introduced in 113th Congress

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On Wednesday, January 29, Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) introduced H.Res. 467 to the 113th Congress. The purpose of the resolution is, “Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2014, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.”

Currently, the “Darwin Day resolution” has been referred to the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and is awaiting a vote. At the time this article was published, H.Res. 467 had two co-sponsors – James Himes (D-CT) and Michael Honda (D-CA) but that number is expected to grow.

The American Humanist Association has worked with Congressman Holt on this resolution. In their press release, Holt states:

“Charles Darwin represents much more than just a theory of evolution. He represents a way of thinking; a philosophy; a methodology. His approach to life and the world around him should be celebrated as much as his discoveries. It was his thirst for knowledge, and his scientific approach to discovering new truths that first enabled him to uncover the theory of evolution.”

Resolutions like this one help to counter balance the myriad of religious resolutions designed to establish Christianity as the religion of the state. By contrast, the Darwin Day resolution is not alienating, nor does it attempt to establish an atheistic state. It does serve to promote scientific thinking and education which is something almost every American can get behind.

Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association is encouraging other representatives to support H.Res. 467:

“Too many people are being influenced by the dangerous creationism and so-called ‘intelligent design’ movements, and it’s time for others in Congress to stand up for true science.”

People can contact their congress person and inform them about the Darwin Day resolution. Contact information for congressional offices can be found online. Learn more about Darwin Day at DarwinDay.org.

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