A White House Petition to Deny Darwin Day Resolution

Last week, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) submitted a resolution “[e]xpressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.”

Now, there’s a White House petition circulating with the intent of striking down that potential resolution.

(Because, you know, that’s how government works. Politicians propose resolutions and people on the Internet vote them down.)

Whereas a 2012 Gallup poll found that 46% of Americans express some form of opposition to the General Theory of Evolution, a declaration of a national Darwin Day would not be representative of nearly half the US population. This would be tantamount to the government taking a position in the controversial debate of creation versus evolution. Regardless of which view one holds to be correct, this is outside of the government’s role in U.S. society, where toleration of differing views has always been held to be a virtue. But when the government takes a stand on these issues which should be debated among the population, this can be needlessly divisive. We ask President Obama to recognize the differing views among the population [and] deny any motion to declare February 12, 2013 as Darwin Day.

Who knew the government wasn’t allowed to take sides in the battle between ignorance and science?

Anyway, the petition needs 100,000 signatures by February 23rd in order to get a response from the White House.

It’s at 95 at the time of this writing.

I think we’re gonna be ok… but, for once, don’t Pharyngulate the poll.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.