Darwin Day resolution in Pennsylvania

02.26.2015

Pennsylvania

House Resolution 83, introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on February 26, 2015, would, if enacted, express the House's recognition of February 12, 2015, as Darwin Day in Pennsylvania.

The resolution acknowledges the 206th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, honors his discovery of natural selection, and the theory's role as "the foundation for ongoing advances in science, health, philosophy, art, education, and many other areas of modern life." It also celebrates Darwin's "strength of character" and the "great courage, wisdom and honesty required to explore and publish" his work on evolution, and deems his birthday "an appropriate day on which to celebrate and to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, and the hunger for truth, which contribute to the well-being of all people."

Like H. Res. 67 and S. Res. 66, the Darwin Day resolutions in Congress, and like Arizona's HR 2002, the resolution in Pennsylvania covers only 2015. There are nineteen sponsors of the bill; Brian Sims (D-District 182) and Mark B. Cohen (D-District 202) appear to have taken the lead.