Tell Congress to Support Darwin Day 2016

February 8, 2016

Over the past several weeks, Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have introduced resolutions in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate "expressing support for the designation of February 12, 2016, as Darwin Day, and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity."

In addition, House Resolution 548 and Senate Resolution 337:

  • State that evolution "provides humanity with a logical and intellectually compelling explanation for the diversity of life on Earth";
  • Demand that the "advancement of science be protected from those unconcerned with the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change";
  • Confirm that the "teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States’ education systems."

Sadly, some members of Congress — including members of the U.S. House and Senate committees that handle science issues — reject the overwhelming scientific evidence on subjects such as biology, reproductive health, and climate change.  

Furthermore, studies have found few public school science educators detail the evidence for evolution and explain its role as a unifying theme in all of biology — and that some educators even teach creationism. It should come as no shock, then, that American students continue to lag behind their international competitors in science and mathematics.

Our children cannot succeed without a firm grasp of basic scientific principles, including the theory of evolution. Children will not even consider careers in science unless society recognizes and celebrates the groundbreaking work of scientists such as Charles Darwin, whose curiosity and ingenuity made possible an age of new scientific discoveries that has helped to advance medicine and improved living conditions across the globe.

The Center for Inquiry strongly urges you to contact your members of Congress and tell them support the role of scientific evidence in policymaking, investment in science education, and improvements to scientific literacy, by co-sponsoring H. Res. 548 or S. Res 337.


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