Darwin Day Proclamation on the Agenda Tonight in Asheville, North Carolina

At the meeting of the Asheville, North Carolina city council meeting later tonight, non-theistic council member (and recent Congressional candidate) Cecil Bothwell will introduce a Darwin Day resolution:

The proclamation will read as follows:

International Darwin Day Proclamation

Whereas February 12, 2013 is the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809;

And Whereas Charles Darwin is recognized for the development of the theory of evolution by the mechanism of natural selection;

And Whereas Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is recognized as the foundation of modern biology, an essential tool in understanding the natural world and the development of life on earth;

And Whereas Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection has provided, and continues to provide, the basis for great advances in science, medicine and philosophy;

And Whereas the anniversary of Darwin’s birthday is an appropriate period on which to reflect and celebrate the importance of scientific advancement to all people;

And Whereas government bodies around the world, including the United States Congress, have designated this anniversary as a celebration of the life and work of Charles Darwin;

And Whereas the City of Asheville is rightfully proud of its commitment to scientifically-based environmental awareness, appropriate technology and high educational standards;

Now, Therefore, I Terry Bellamy, Mayor of the City of Asheville, do hereby proclaim February 12, 2013 as “International Darwin Day” in the City of Asheville.

Way to go, Cecil!

Now, cue the inevitable march of the ignorant people who have no idea how powerful a “theory” evolution actually is…

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  • Leia

    What Betty Stafford does not understand is the meaning of the word ‘theory’ in regards to science.

  • jdm8

    For people that don’t bother to understand any of it, she sure does have a vivid imagination to substitute for any real understanding..

  • http://twitter.com/Ro542124 Gideon

    Darwin’s theory is the basis for great advances in philosophy? I don’t see the connection. The truths he uncovered were much more than philosophic…

    I can imagine someone responding to the proclamation with a compromise. “Darwin is too controversial! Let’s pick someone else’s birthday to celebrate science. How ’bout…Isaac Newton? I’ll check his birthday…er, uh…wait…”

  • flyb

    And whereas Betty Stafford may STFU.

  • ReadsInTrees

    No kidding. Just like germ theory, the “theory” that infectious diseases are caused by bacteria and viruses, not things like, say, demons or bad vapors.

  • coyotenose

    Much more than Philosophy yes, that’s why it’s listed third. Evolutionary Theory helps us understand our origins and why we are the way we are. That’s why it relates. I was also surprised that Philosophy was mentioned, but it makes sense.



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  • coyotenose

    I find this as pointless as God proclamations, but at least it isn’t pointless AND superstitious.

  • baal

    I’m all for requiring city council meetings to be top less. Folks who are comfortable semi-naked tend to be left leaning (or at leasat no – nonsense) than rightists.

  • onamission5

    There’s no racist dogwhistles in Ms. Stafford’s commentary, nope, none at ALL. I don’t know what she is worried about anyway, Asheville isn’t the boss of Warren Wilson College, so she can go right on not celebrating Darwin Day with the rest of the county that doesn’t live here. Oh sweet Cesspool of Sin. Dragging the surrounding areas into the 21st century whether they want to go or not.

    It is truly bizarre to live somewhere that half the people who speak out are utterly ass-backward in their thinking and the other half are progressive, with very little middle ground.

  • RobertoTheChi

    Clearly Betty Stafford ‘s brain stopped evolving around the age of 12. Simpleton.

  • gardyloo

    It’s about time! Way to go, Cecil! Years ago I started using Darwin’s birth as the basis of my calendar. In case you’re interested, since Darwin was born 204 years ago, today’s date is 3/12/204 AD. In my calendar, AD has real meaning — After Darwin.