Darwin Day Resolutions Revived In Congress: Bill Talks Global Warming, Creationism, Evolution

Feb 9, 2015

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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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11 comments on “Darwin Day Resolutions Revived In Congress: Bill Talks Global Warming, Creationism, Evolution

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    Miserablegit says:

    Agreed, this will bring the religious right out in a fervour of invoking the devil and all manner of other anti science bollocks.
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  • The people who decry Darwin most have never read so much as a line he wrote. Further they have no understanding whatsoever about what he said. Anti-Darwin is one giant straw man argument. Further, they act as though the theory of evolution were some sort of cult around a single man like their own superstitions. They refuse to acknowledge the contributions of tens of thousands of later scientists.
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  • We hear so much that is negative from the US of A with respect to their conflicted beliefs that is refreshing, remarkable almost, to hear that it is not all absolutely bleak.

    I wait breathless in anticipation for the idiot rants to start.

    Has AiG had anything to say yet?
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  • While I applaud the sentiments, I suspect it has a snowballs chance in hell of getting up. I would characterize it as a nice political play, to wedge the irrational right wing political opponents and appeal to their own liberal constituency. I hope I am wrong and it gets up, and I endorse JC Sheepdogs eyebrow raising hope that this signals a more rational USA, and god knows the world is desperate for that.
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  • …out of the woodwork…”

    If only they were actually in “the woodwork”. (Think “pine box”.) Because, unfortunately, that’s what it’s probably going to take.
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  • Meanwhile on the other side of the world there are warnings coming from Darwin’s legacy about extinctions and the problems of invasive species:-

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31359188

    Australia has lost one in ten of its native mammals species over the last 200 years in what conservationists describe as an “extinction calamity”.

    .No other nation has had such a high rate of loss of land mammals over this time period, according to scientists at Charles Darwin University, Australia.

    The decline is mainly due to predation by the feral cat and the red fox, which were introduced from Europe, they say.

    Large scale fires to manage land are also having an impact.

    As an affluent nation with a small population, Australia’s wildlife should be relatively secure from threats such as habitat loss.

    But a new survey of Australia’s native mammals, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests the scale of the problem is more serious than anticipated.

    Since 1788, 11% of 273 native mammals living on land have died out, 21% are threatened and 15% are near threatened, the study found. Marine mammals are faring better.

    .“No other country has had such a high rate and number of mammal extinctions over this period, and the number we report for Australia is substantially higher than previous estimates,” said conservation biologist John Woinarski, who led the research.

    “A further 56 Australian land mammals are now threatened, indicating that this extremely high rate of biodiversity loss is likely to continue unless substantial changes are made.
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