By Steph Bazzle
There is, again, a movement in Congress to pass Darwin Day resolutions — resolutions that would state the support of the U.S. government for an annual day celebrating Darwin’s achievements, and recognizing the value of science. Currently, the resolutions to set aside one day in recognition of Charles Darwin and his accomplishments are facing congressional subcommittees, and if approved, could go on to be voted on in the House and Senate. One of the current resolutions strongly condemns the teaching of creationism in schools, and denial of climate change.
Connecticut’s James Himes submitted House Resolution 67, “Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2015, as ‘Darwin Day’ and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.”
The resolution recognizes Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection “together with the monumental amount of scientific evidence he compiled to support it,” and the further validity demonstrated by modern knowledge of genetics. It holds Darwin as a worthy symbol of scientific curiosity and advancements.
Further, in Darwin’s name, it decries the anti-science mindset that leads to the denial of climate change, to teaching Creationism in schools, and to the false claims that large numbers of scientists are conflicted about either of the two scientific claims.
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