Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) has again re-introduced a resolution to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and recognize the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.
The legislation expresses support for designating February 12, 2013, as “Darwin Day,” a tradition started by the American Humanist Association.
“We’re pleased to join Rep. Holt again in support of a Congressional resolution honoring Darwin’s contributions to science and humanity,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “Too many people are being influenced by the dangerous creationism and so-called ‘intelligent design’ movements, and it’s time for others in Congress to stand up for true science.”
The resolution states that “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.”
It also says that the theory of evolution is “strongly supported by the modern understanding of the science of genetics” and that “the teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States education systems.”
The resolution goes on to describe Darwin as “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.”
The resolution honoring the English naturalist was first introduced to Congress in 2011 by former Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), the first and only open atheist to serve in Congress. Holt reintroduced the bill in 2013.
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