[The following is a press release from FFRF]
Continuing the tradition of former Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) has introduced a resolution designating Charles Darwin's 204th birthday, Feb. 12, 2013, as Darwin Day. The resolution "recogniz[es] the importance of science in the betterment of humanity."
Holt was recently quoted in The New York Times as saying, "I hope we can hold hearings, where people can hear about Darwin and science and the jobs it creates, the lives it saves, everything."
Holt's resolution touts "the validity of Darwin's theory of evolution," "the monumental amount of scientific evidence" that supports the theory, and notes that evolution's "validity ... is further strongly supported by the modern understanding of the science of genetics."
The resolution chastises science-deniers: "the advancement of science must be protected from those unconcerned with the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change" and "the teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States education systems."
Our country faces a crisis of ignorance. To the shame of the United States' international standing, about half of Americans reject evolution. Globally the United States ranks just above Turkey in public acceptance of evolution. How can we compete in a global, technologically advanced community when a majority of U.S. citizens deny basic reality and embrace creationism?
The voices of science and secularism must be heard. Ask the U.S. House to hold Darwin Day hearings.
Take Action Today!
Contact your U.S. Representative to support the resolution and ask for hearings
To find out who your representative is, type in your zip code on this website http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ to find your representative. Click on their name to contact them.
If you already know who your representative is, find their contact information on this alphabetical list http://www.house.gov/representatives/
Call, email, fax, write, or Facebook them. Do whatever it takes to be heard!
Contact the chair of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, where the bill was referred, to ask for a hearing.
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX)
2321 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Thank Darwin Day Sponsors
Take a moment to thank Rep. Holt. Rep. Holt, a nuclear physicist by training, self-identifies as a Quaker and deserves our gratitude for his efforts. Do feel free to identify yourself as a nonbeliever, atheist, etc., so he knows the secular bloc has clout (and good manners)!
Letters: 1214 Longworth HOB
Washington DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5801
Fax: (202) 225-6025
Web form: https://forms.house.gov/holt/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm (Representative Holt will only accept email from residents of New Jersey.)
While you're at it, thank Holt's cosponsors (especially if they represent you). They are:
Rep. Michael Honda (CA-17)
Rep. Edward Markey (MA-5)
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)
Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2)
Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY-25)
(If your representative's name isn't on this list, ask why not!)
Contact your Senator
Ask your Senator to introduce a Darwin Day resolution, while you're at it!
Find and contact your U.S. Senators:
Write a letter to the editor
Supporting Darwin Day would make an excellent and timely topic of a letter to the editor to your local or favorite publication. Don't forget social media and online news comment sections to help spread the word.
Thank you for your activism. Freedom depends on freethinkers, and Darwin Day deserves your support!