Darwin Day resolutions in Congress

02.15.2019

“Charles Darwin has a posse” image © Colin Purrington. Source: http://colinpurrington.com/graphics/science/darwinposse

Darwin Day resolutions have been again introduced in both houses of Congress, according to a February 12, 2019, press release from the American Humanist Association. The resolutions — House Resolution 123 and Senate Resolution 63 — would, if passed, express support of designating February 12, 2019, as Darwin Day and recognition of Charles 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 the people of the Earth." 

The lead sponsor of S. Res. 63, Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) commented, "I am proud to champion and celebrate Charles Darwin and the countless scientists and explorers who've built on his remarkable discoveries and achievements." The lead sponsor of H. Res. 123, Jim Himes (D-Connecticut), added, "Charles Darwin represents the power of science and reason to change our world and the way we view our place in the universe."

"Darwin's work has served as the foundation for generations of spectacular progress across the field of biology, underpinning advances in medicine, agriculture, and conservation," commented NCSE's executive director Ann Reid. "Sadly, too many students still do not receive the accurate evolution education they require and deserve. These resolutions underscore the importance of ensuring that the next generation has the opportunity to understand this crucial scientific conceptual framework and the evidence that supports it. I encourage members and friends of NCSE to urge their representatives in Congress to endorse H. Res. 123 and S. Res. 63."