As many of you know, I was born in a really cool day. I happen to share my birthday with Charles Darwin and Abe Lincoln. How cool is that!
This year we have yet another reason to call it a special day. Although it’s a sad day for those who think that “if evolution were true, god would have mentioned it when he wrote the bible” Right? Right? NOT!
Representative Pete Stark proposed H. Res 81 to Congress, expressing support for designation of February 12, 2011, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity. This resolution is a culmination of collaboration between Representative Stark, 2008 Humanist of the Year, and the American Humanist Association.
In a statement, Representative Stark said, “Darwin’s birthday is a good time for us to reflect on the important role of science in our society. It is also a time to redouble our efforts to ensure that children are being taught scientific facts, not religious dogma, and to fight back against those who seek to undermine the science of climate change for political ends.”
This resolution could not have come at a more important time. The New York Times recently reported that only 28 percent of biology teachers present evidence for evolution as recommended by the National Research Council, while 13 percent “explicitly advocate” creationism. Furthermore, with climate change quickly gaining speed, and anti-environment regulation law-makers denying its impact, a true grasp of science is the strongest defense against global warming.
You can read the text of the resolution in its entirety here.
These are some very, very good suggestions on how to celebrate my birthday…err, Darwin Day, but whatever you do, celebrate life today.
Happy Birthday Chuck and Abe…. and me!