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It’s coming near that time of year again—Darwin's birthday! He was born February 12, 1809, and 200 years later, more and more people want to celebrate the man and his beliefs—beliefs that have had horrible consequences. See our article Darwin’s Sad Legacy.
There is even a movement that promotes Charles Darwin’s birthday as “Darwin Day.” For instance, from the International Darwin Day Foundation website we read the following:
Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.Secularists—in the last couple of years in particular—have really been promoting events on Darwin Day as a celebration of Darwin. But more important to them, it’s their opportunity to push the teaching of molecules-to-man evolution around the world.
On this website you can find all sorts of information about Charles Darwin and the International Darwin Day Fundation. If you are hosting a Darwin Day event, you can post information about it on our events listing. You can also locate Darwin Day programs near you by searching our events section. (http://darwinday.org/)
Well, you may not be aware that a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives was submitted on Tuesday, asking Congress to officially recognize February 12 as Darwin Day in America.
Here’s what we received from the American Humanist Association:
Dear Friends,Note how they arbitrarily and falsely define “science” as evolution and anything pertaining to technology. Surely members of Congress wouldn’t be that uneducated and ignorant that they would be sucked in by this anti-Christian atheistic propaganda—but then again …
In honor of this year’s Darwin Day, the American Humanist Association proudly worked with Representative Rush Holt (NJ) to introduce a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives “expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.”
This Darwin Day resolution signifies that there are some members of Congress dedicated to promoting science and committed to scientific literacy among our youth.
We have 20 days left before Darwin Day. Will you take a moment to contact your Representative and ask her or him to co-sponsor H. Res. 41 and support Darwin Day?
- States that evolution “provides humanity with a logical and intellectually compelling explanation for the diversity of life on Earth”
- Demands that the “advancement of science be protected from those unconcerned with the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change”
- Confirms that the “teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States’ education systems
As you may already know, some members of Congress have been infamous as of late for making anti-science statements. We need humanists like you to stand up for science education and the increased funding of scientific research.
The Darwin Day resolution is a step toward combating anti-science advocates committed to removing scientific values from public policy. I need your help in getting as many co-sponsors as we can for this important bill if we are to see Congress standing strong on science.
Please take action now. Show Congress that voters care about science by contacting your Representative today and asking her or him to co-sponsor the Darwin Day resolution.
In the meantime, I hope you will visit www.darwinday.org to learn more about the Darwin Day resolution and join a Darwin Day event in your community. Thank you for standing up for science.
If Congress passes this resolution, it is endorsing the religion of atheistic evolution and rejecting Christianity.
You can read Resolution 41 at this link: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hres41/text
Here is what it states:
113th CONGRESS 1st Session H. RES. 41Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.Now, a resolution voted on by Congress does not have the force of law. It does, however, give us a sense of what elected representatives believe about worldview issues, which will help determine how they vote on bills that affect all Americans. In essence if this resolution is passed, then Congress would essentially be endorsing a secular worldview.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 22, 2013Mr. HOLT submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
RESOLUTIONExpressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.
Whereas Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by the mechanism of natural selection, together with the monumental amount of scientific evidence he compiled to support it, provides humanity with a logical and intellectually compelling explanation for the diversity of life on Earth;
Whereas the validity of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is further strongly supported by the modern understanding of the science of genetics;
Whereas it has been the human curiosity and ingenuity exemplified by Darwin that has promoted new scientific discoveries that have helped humanity solve many problems and improve living conditions;
Whereas the advancement of science must be protected from those unconcerned with the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change;
Whereas the teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States education systems;
Whereas Charles Darwin is a worthy symbol of scientific advancement on which to focus and around which to build a global celebration of science and humanity intended to promote a common bond among all of Earth’s peoples; and
Whereas February 12, 2013, is the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809 and would be an appropriate date to designate as Darwin Day: Now, therefore, be itResolved, 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.
Maybe Christians should be letting their representative in Congress know how they feel about this proposed resolution! I expect the minority of atheists in America will make their voices heard loud and clear!
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying—and consider your actions in regard to this resolution.
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