Darwin Day is celebrated around the world on February 12, the 205th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) has been working valiantly to designate that date as a national holiday. Last week Holt once again introduced H.R. 467.
The resolution "recogniz[es] the importance of science in the betterment of humanity."
Holt's resolution touts "the validity of Darwin's theory of evolution," "the monumental amount of scientific evidence" that supports the theory, and notes that evolution's "validity ... is further strongly supported by the modern understanding of the science of genetics."
The resolution chastises science-deniers: "the advancement of science must be protected from those unconcerned with the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change" and "the teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States education systems."
As science educator Bill Nye stated during his debate with creationist Ken Ham this week, “If we abandon all that we’ve learned. . . if we abandon the process by which we know it. . . if we stop looking for the next answer, we in the United States will be out-competed by other countries, other economies. . . We have to keep science education in science.”
If resolved, H.R.467 will ensure that the House of Representatives:
(1) supports the designation of Darwin Day; and
(2) recognizes Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge.
The voices of science and secularism must be heard. Ask the U.S. House to hold Darwin Day and pass H.R.467!
TAKE ACTION TODAY!
Please help us honor Charles Darwin’s enormous contributions to progress and science, contact your U.S. Representative to support H.R.467.
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THANK DARWIN DAY SPONSORS
Take a moment to thank Rep. Holt. Rep. Holt, a nuclear physicist by training, who self-identifies as a Quaker and deserves our gratitude for his efforts. Do feel free to identify yourself as a nonbeliever, atheist, etc., so he knows the secular bloc has clout (and good manners)!
Letters: 1214 Longworth HOB
Washington DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5801
Fax: (202) 225-6025
(Representative Holt will only accept email from residents in New Jersey.)
CONTACT YOUR SENATOR
Ask your Senators to support Darwin Day while you're at it!
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