I thought I had made up a new religion until learning that Groundhog Day is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which was originally a December 25 pagan holiday. February 2 was also a pagan holiday, where people would light candles to banish dark spooks. Christians appropriated the date in the fifth century and named it Candlemas Day, where clergy would light and bless candles.
However, to my mind, February 12 is far more consequential. There is even a growing international movement to publicly celebrate February 12, Charles Darwin's birthday, as Darwin Day. With the encouragement of the American Humanist Association, Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) again this year introduced a resolution in Congress in support of Darwin Day. It recognized that Darwin's birthday is a "worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge." The resolution also warned that the "teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States education system," and insisted that "advancement of science be protected from those unconcerned with the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change."
Though the resolution had a record number of 13 co-sponsors this year, it didn't pass. After all, the House Science Committee chair, Texas Republican Lamar Smith has publicly doubted the human origin of climate change, and Science Committee member Paul Broun (R-Ga.), has called " evolution and the big bang theory "lies straight from the pit of hell." Clearly a few Science Committee members are getting their "science" information from the Bible.