The good news is that Darwin Day (February 12) is approaching, marking the day that Our Saviour (that’s for the Discovery Institute to distort) was born in 1809—the exact same day that Abe Lincoln emerged from the womb. As you know, universities and science organizations throughout the U.S. have programs on evolution to mark the day, which is a good thing. There are gazillions of them this year, and if you go to the International Darwin Day webpage you can link to everything.
All the Darwin Day events are collected on one separate page, and you can click on the location to find out what and where things are happening.
On the main webpage you’ll find a news item about how U.S. congressman Rush Holt (a Democrat, of course), has introduced a resolution in Congress designating Feb. 12 as an official “Darwin Day” in the U.S. We already have a Day of Prayer (contested by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and still in the courts), so wouldn’t Darwin Day be even more appropriate?
In anticipation of the 205th birthday of Charles Darwin, celebrated around the world on February 12th as Darwin Day, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ) re-introduced a resolution today “expressing support for the designation of February 12 as Darwin Day.” The American Humanist Association worked with Rep. Holt and his staff on H. Res. 467, also known as the Darwin Day resolution, and will be sending copies of Darwin Day Celebration, a booklet on celebrating Darwin Day and highlighting Darwin’s contributions to science and humanity, to all 535 members of Congress to encourage support of the resolution.
“Charles Darwin is even more than the author of the theory of evolution, as great as that is,” Rep. Holt said. “He represents a way of thinking, a philosophy, a methodology. It was his thirst for knowledge and his scientific approach to discovering new truths that enabled him to develop the theory of evolution. This lesson, about the value of scientific thinking, is almost as valuable as the theory he uncovered.”
The headline notes that the resolution is “re-introduced,” and we know what that means:
The Darwin Day resolution was first introduced in the House of Representatives in 2011 by former Rep. Pete Stark of California, the first and only open atheist to serve in Congress. It was reintroduced by Rep. Holt in 2013.
This resolution has a snowball’s chance in hell of passing, even though it is far worthier than a useless Day of Prayer. The Congress will pass a law mandating socialized healthcare for all Americans before it would ever honor Darwin.
Meanwhile, I looked up the Darwin Day events hosted by the College of Charleston in South Carolina. I participated in these last year, giving a lecture at the College on the evidence for evolution, and then debating a Lutheran theologian at the historic Circular Congregational Church on the topic “Are science and religion compatible?” As I wrote at the time, my host for both events, Dr. Rob Dillon of the College, attended that church and took the opportunity after the debate to try to humiliate me in public for questioning accommodationism—even though he’d invited me to engage in that very debate. When I looked up what Dillon was arranging in Charleston this year, I found these events for the College’s Darwin Day (to be sure, there are a handful of straight science talks and one talk questioning intelligent design). But note that these are three of only seven events:
How does one live “religiously as a naturalist” given that religion abjures naturalism? Yes, you can be a “naturalist” by studying nature, but this is a Deepity that ignores the palpable truth that an immaterial god for which there’s no evidence is not part of “naturalism.”
Note that this next “conversation” (i.e., kumbaya lovefest between faith and religion) is held at a church, and of course there will be not the slightest questioning of the harmony between faith and Darwinism (4 of the 5 participants are ministers or theologians):
This next one is absoutely execrable, for it is clearly aimed to enable religion. Do you suppose the answer would be “no”? Even if it’s not, how could genetic studies or brain imaging possibly give any information about whether God exists? All they could show is whether humans are hard-wired for belief in God or have some parts of the brain that light up only when the divine is mentioned (two possibilities that I doubt, and which in any case gives no information on the reality of God).
In Charleston, Darwin Day has been transmogrified into Darwin and Jesus Day, and I would never again participate in events there—not as long as God in on the menu. Darwin would roll over in his grave were he to see celebrations like this in his honor.
h/t: Diane G.