AHA News |  

Congressman Rush Holt Announces Darwin Day Resolution on House Floor

Humanists around the globe to celebrate science and humanity on the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth

For Immediate Release

Contact: Brian Magee, bmagee@americanhumanist.org, 202-238-9088 ext. 105

Update: Video of Rep. Rush Holt's announcement on the floor of the U.S. House is now available.

(Washington, DC—Feb 12, 2013)—Today supporters of science and reason are marking the 204th birthday of Charles Darwin as part of International Darwin Day, a project of the American Humanist Association, with hundreds of events around the world. In the United States, Congressman Rush Holt (NJ) is scheduled to announce House Resolution 41 “expressing support for the designation of February 12, 2013 as Darwin Day” on the House floor.

“The passage of Rep. Rush Holt’s proposed resolution in Congress would send a strong message to the world that the United States supports science education,” said American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt. “Charles Darwin’s significant contributions to the advancement of science and our understanding of the world deserve recognition.”

The American Humanist Association worked with Rep. Holt and his staff on the bill and lobbied support from fellow House members. To date, the effort has garnered the support of seven co-sponsors: Rep. Michael Capuano (MA), Rep. Mike Honda (CA), Rep. Ed Markey (MA), Del. Eleanor Norton (DC), Rep. Jared Polis (CO), Rep. Charles Rangel (NY), and Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY) and was referred to the House Science, Space and Technology committee.

The first attempt at getting recognition for Darwin Day in the U.S. Congress occurred in 2011 and was submitted by former Rep. Pete Stark of California.

“There is no valid excuse for failing to recognize the person behind one of the top scientific discoveries of all time. This worldwide annual event was developed to make sure Charles Darwin and his contributions to science are honored,” Speckhardt continued.

The Canadian cities of Vancouver and Regina have issued Darwin Day proclamations, and Asheville, North Carolina City Council Member Cecil Bothwell will be introducing one at the council’s regular meeting this evening.

Charles Darwin’s evolutionary discovery of natural selection as the basis for biological transformations responsible for the diversity of life on earth is the foundation of modern biology, genetics, and medicine. Other areas of science and the humanities can also trace advancements to Darwin’s ideas. Since his publication On the Origin of Species in 1859, additional advances in knowledge have fine-tuned and repeatedly verified his insights.

# # #

The International Darwin Day Foundation (www.darwinday.org) is a project of the American Humanist Association. Its mission is to promote the public education of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and to encourage the celebration of science and humanity.

The American Humanist Association (www.americanhumanist.org) advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., its work is extended through more than 160 local chapters and affiliates across America.

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.

American Humanist Association

Today, the American Humanist Association will be hosting our first Congressional...

6 hours ago

American Humanist Association

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

7 hours ago

American Humanist Association

Here is a video from Harvard's Making Caring Common Project. 5 Ways to Raise M...

23 hours ago

American Humanist Association

Why the Way We Live is More Important. Get TheHumanist.com by email once a week...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Hey, have a laugh! http://hmn.st/1sFRZ33 Get TheHumanist.com by email once a we...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

No matter how right or how wrong, religion can not establish morality for the ma...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

I have come across this many times. While this topic may not be important to all...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Jesus Cones! A new way to violate church-state separation, in Gwinnett County, G...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

Well this is rad! AHA Board Member Herb Silverman is featured in this short (10...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

It may seem silly, maybe even a blatant mockery, but if you really think about i...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela!

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

A Blessing in Disguise for Atheists? Check out AHA Legal Director David Niose's...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

This is a very interesting interactive chart explaining bible contradictions, sh...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Have you seen the new FYI Network show Married At First Sight? Tell us what you...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

The Vaccination Exception; God doesn't want me to receive vaccines... Luis Gran...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

With Corporations becoming "people", they will obviously be exploring religion.....

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

An Invocation for Everyone: What the Secular Invocation in Greece, N.Y., Means f...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

What religions make Americans feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Here is another re...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

This is unacceptable! Check out the preview of Kidnapped for Christ. Check out t...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Check out the latest Humanist Hour Podcast with guest Chris Stedman, author of...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

AHA legal director David Niose was in Greece, NY, tonight for the town board's f...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

AHA intern Josh Myers reviews the new HBO series: The Leftovers

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

The Wall Street Journal covers David Williamson's and Dan Courtney's secular inv...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Here is AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt's latest article in the Huffington...

7 days ago