Darwin Day resolutions in Congress

Darwin Day resolutions have been again introduced in both houses of Congress, according to a February 12, 2020, press release from the American Humanist Association. The resolutions — House Resolution 847 and Senate Resolution 495 — would, if passed, express support of designating February 12, 2020, as Darwin Day and recognition of Charles Darwin as "a worthy symbol of scientific advancement on whom to focus and around whom 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. 495, Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) commented, "I am proud to champion Charles Darwin's important legacy and celebrate the generations of scientists he inspired." The lead sponsor of H. Res. 847, Jim Himes (D-Connecticut), added, "There has never been a time more appropriate to recognize one of the world's greatest scientists and thinkers."

"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. 847 and S. Res. 495."

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.


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