Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) have just posted Darwin Day resolution in Congress. They say:
House Resolution 548 (PDF), introduced in the United States House of Representatives on December 3, 2015, would, if passed, express the House’s support of designating February 12, 2016, as Darwin Day, and its recognition of “Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge.”
It’ll never pass. The resolution has some “Whereas” clauses that will drive the creationists crazy. For example:
Whereas Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by the mechanism of natural selection, together with the monumental amount of scientific evidence he compiled to support it, provides humanity with a logical and intellectually compelling explanation for the diversity of life on Earth;
Whereas the validity of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is further strongly supported by the modern understanding of the science of genetics;
And how about this one:
Whereas the teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States education systems;
This thing is doomed, just like similar resolutions in prior years. Here’s one we wrote about back in 2011: Darwin Day Resolution in Congress — Divisive?
NCSE reports that the lead sponsor of this year’s resolution is Jim Himes (D-Connecticut), and other sponsors are Elizabeth Esty (D-Connecticut), Charles Rangel (D-New York), Adam Schiff (D-California), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia), Alan Grayson (D-Florida), Louise Slaughter (D-New York), Alan Lowenthal (D-California), Jackie Speier (D-California), Matt Cartwright (D-Pennsylvania), and Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin).
Notice anything? Right, they’re all Democrats. Why is that important? Okay, we’ll spell it out. The House is controlled by Republicans. On 03 December, the resolution was referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. That Committee’s chairman, Lamar Smith of Texas, is a Republican. He’s one of 22 Republican members. There are only 17 Democrats. Do we need to say more?
If you want to follow the fate of the resolution, here’s a link to information about its status and progress: H.Res.548 – Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2016, as “Darwin Day” . Nothing has happened yet. Nothing will happen. But it’s a noble effort. If the Republicans end up looking like idiots — which is certainly a motivation here — it’s their own fault.
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