|Charles Darwin Day|
The American Humanist Association is working with Democratic U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) to introduce House Resolution 41 “expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.”
On the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision recognizing women have the right to seek an abortion Rep. Holt gave the following speech in the U.S. House of Representatives:
“Mr. Speaker, 40 years ago today, the Supreme Court affirmed the dignity and independence of each American woman.
“The result of the decision [in Roe v. Wade] was an understanding that our Constitution guaranteed decisions about a woman’s own body should be left up to that woman, in consultation with her doctor, her family, and her religion – not the federal government.
“There is now a generation of women who do not remember the time before Roe v. Wade, a time when men assumed they could say what women could and could not do about their personal, private health care and reproduction.
“We still have a lot of work to do. Unfortunately, over the past 40 years, there have been numerous legislative attempts to deny this right to women and treat women who exercise control over their own bodies as criminals. We have to make sure that we defend also Title X, maternal and child health care programs, public access to reproductive health care, and that we reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
“But we must remember the time before Roe v. Wade and what is at stake.”
My favorite line from his resolution is "Whereas the teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States education systems". Truer words were never spoken. The United States owes it position in the world due in large part to the embrace of science and technology, but there has been a concerted effort by regressives over the last 3 decades to turn all that back.
Theocracies don't have the major science and technology breakthroughs that secular countries do. No computer chip or modern medical wonder was ever based on anything in the Bible or Quran. In fact if it were not for the secular world, most of the Middle East would still be living by technology standards set a millennium ago. It is time we pay respect to a man who changed [and improved] the way we live like few others have in history. Surely if we set aside numerous days for mythology we can set aside a day for something that actually matters.