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Democrats attack creationism, global warming skeptics in House resolution

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On Wednesday, three House Democrats -- Reps. Rush Holt, D-N.J., Jim Himes, D-Conn., and Mike Honda, D-Calif., introduced a resolution attacking the teaching of creationism and those who are skeptical of man-made global warming.

The resolution, H.Res. 467, seeks to designate Feb. 12 as "Darwin Day," and claims science must be protected from those who believe in creationism and question the idea that global warming is real and is caused by human beings.

According to the resolution, "the advancement of science must be protected from those unconcerned with the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change."

It also claims "the teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States education systems."

Feb. 12, The Hill added, is the anniversary of Darwin's birth in 1809.

The resolution calls on the House to recognize Darwin as "a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge."

According to a post at The Raw Story, "Darwin Day" is a tradition started by the American Humanist Association, an organization that says it seeks to "bring about a progressive society where being good without a god is an accepted and respected way to live life."

The organization called on supporters to contact members of Congress and spread the word through various social media outlets.

"Your humanist voice can make a big difference. I thank you again for standing up for scientific discovery and against the pervasive influence of creationism," executive director Roy Speckhardt wrote.

According to The Raw Story, a resolution honoring Darwin was first introduced by former Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., the first open atheist to serve in Congress.

Holt, The Hill added, proposed a similar resolution last year, and received support from five additional House Democrats.



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