Darwin Day resolution in Arizona

Andrew SherwoodAndrew Sherwood

Senate Resolution 1001, introduced in the Arizona Senate on February 2, 2016, would, if enacted, express the Senate's recognition of February 12, 2016, as International Darwin Day.

The resolution acknowledges the 207th 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, compares Darwin to Newton and Einstein, and deems his birthday "an appropriate day on which to celebrate and to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery and perpetual curiosity and the hunger for truth that contribute to the well-being of all people."

The bill's sponsor is Andrew Sherwood (D-26), who cosponsored the similar House Resolution 2002 in 2015; that bill eventually died in committee.