One Week Left: Support the Darwin Day Resolution!

Anne here…

I got this yesterday from the American Humanist Association.


Dear Friend,

By now, you’ve probably heard that the American Humanist Association worked with Representative Rush Holt (NJ) to introduce a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives “expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.”

Darwin Day is just one week away. Will you take a moment to contact your Representative and ask her or him to co-sponsor H. Res. 41 and support Darwin Day?

Our lobbying work has paid off: five Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors, and many other offices are actively considering joining them. But you and I both know that there are plenty of evolution opponents in Congress who will work hard to make sure this resolution doesn’t succeed.

This resolution does more than simply pay tribute to Charles Darwin. When you ask your Representative to co-sponsor H. Res. 41, you are asking her or him to stand up against the Religious Right’s attempts to introduce so-called intelligent design and creationism in public school science classrooms.

I need your help in getting as many co-sponsors as we can for this important resolution if we are to see Congress standing strong on science. It only takes a minute to use our online action alert form to contact your Representative—and it will make a big difference.

Please take action now. Show Congress that voters care about science by contacting your Representative today and asking her or him to co-sponsor the Darwin Day resolution.





Roy Speckhardt
Executive Director

P.S. Thousands worldwide are visiting to join in on a local Darwin Day event. After you contact your Representative, I hope you’ll take part in the celebration of science and humanity by finding and participating in a local event.

About Anne

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  • Glodson

    I live in Texas, so I know my effort will be in vain. Seriously, have you seen the crap these guys say? Hell, I know that one of our Senators voted to block the VAWA act. Classy guy, and every bit the deranged religious moron you would expect. Thanks Ted Cruz! I know he’s our Senator, but really, the rep for my district is pretty much the same guy. But I’ll give it a shot. Maybe he won’t actually read the bastard and just co-sponsor it(he won’t.).

  • Lauren

    I emailed my rep, Sandy Levin, (MI dem) about this resolution when it first came out. No reply yet. Nice to see there are 5 co-sponsors so far. A little late in the game, but all is not lost yet.

  • Anne

    I know it’s probably in vain for my own representative, Tim Griffin, who is a Karl Rove toadie and a evangelical, born-again nutjob just a hair shy of Todd Akin. I added this to the form letter on the AHA site:

    “While I understand that your brand of religion denies evolution, please support this resolution in acknowledgement that the scientific community and many, many other Americans not only do not share your beliefs, but also rely on science and the fruits of research of evolutionary processes for medical advances, as well as for understanding of the world.”

    • Highlander

      My representative is Michelle Bachman so I’m right there with you but with a whole load of stupidity and outright dishonesty thrown in for bad measure. I will add your statement to my form as well, not that it will do any good.

  • John Eberhard

    Very nice addendum, Anne. Wish I had had that to copy and paste when I contacted Rick Crawford about this. Crawford, of course, is Tim Griffin’s evil twin.

  • iknklast

    No hope from my representatives. Not gonna happen. And it’s just gonna get me on another mailing list so I can get still more endless e-mails from mindless bigots who happened to convince the good citizens of Nebraska that we needed more mindless bigots in Congress.

  • Too Good To Be True

    I am all for a Science Day, but Darwin? He was a racist (admittedly a man of his times but he still believed in “savage races”) believed women were intellectually inferior, supported the Eugenics Rants of his cousin Francis Galton, and thought that vaccination “weakened the race”.

    And he was a Victorian Rich Guy elitist who never held any academic post.

    The man does not deserve a “day”.

    • Glodson

      Darwin wasn’t prefect. No one was. He deserves this day for being the Father of Evolution, a cornerstone of Biology. Newton was a terrible person, but we honor him for his work with science. Like you said, Darwin was a product of his times.

      The idea isn’t to honor the man for his qualities as a person, but rather to honor the man for getting the ball rolling on Evolution. His failure to hold an academic position is inconsequential to his contribution by way of Evolution. It is like saying that Relativity is no big deal because it never won Einstein a Noble Prize( He won it for his paper on the Photoelectric Effect.)

      Whenever we talk about people in history, we should talk openly about their warts and all. It is just that the contribution of Evolution is often overlooked in this country.