Summary

1/22/2013--Introduced.Supports the designation of February 12, 2013, the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809, as Darwin Day. Recognizes Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on... Read More

Status

This resolution was introduced on Jan 22, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

RESOLUTION

Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.

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; Whereas it has been the human curiosity and ingenuity exemplified by Darwin that has promoted new scientific discoveries that have helped humanity solve many problems and improve living conditions; Whereas the advancement of science must be protected from those unconcerned with the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change; Whereas the teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States education systems; Whereas Charles Darwin is a worthy symbol of scientific advancement on which to focus and around which to build a global celebration of science and humanity intended to promote a common bond among all of Earth's peoples; and Whereas February 12, 2013, is the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809 and would be an appropriate date to designate as Darwin Day: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives-- (1) supports the designation of Darwin Day; and (2) recognizes Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on...

Read Full Text

Sentiment Map

Select:

Nation

44 Supporting
48 Opposing
48% 52%

State: CA

4 Supporting
2 Opposing
67% 33%

District: 1st

2 Supporting
0 Opposing
100% 0%

Popularity Trend

Organizations Supporting

The AHA was pleased to assist in the introduction of this resolution, and supports honoring scientists for their valued contribution to society.

Share

Organizations Opposing

No organizations opposing yet.

Users Supporting

I support H.Res. 41 ("Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance") because it is an act that is way overdue, and this is one of many scientists that should be recognized for their efforts.

Share
PA
6
crevdunekin
PA-6
2 years ago

I support H.Res. 41 ("Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance") because... Evolution happened. There is no scientific debate on this matter. That we evolved is a fact. The theory of evolution is the explanation of that fact. A federally sanctioned holiday to honor a man who corrected our once wrong view of where we came from and how, is most appropriate. Just as we honor MLK for his efforts to help us as a nation overcome the burden of Racism, in spite of the multitudes of people who were angry with him for it, it is proper to do so for Charles Darwin. In spite of the multitudes who demonize him for his work. Like MLK, he was right regardless of how many people hated him for it. And we should never forget to honor those who stand for truth, especially when they are demonized for it. That is undeniably heroic, to stand up for what is right regardless of the size and force of your opposition. It is also undeniably American.

Share
CO
1
NCS80
CO-1
2 years ago

I support H.Res. 41 ("Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance") because I'm tired of science being denigrated and shoved out of our schools, instead of taught and celebrated.

Share
OR
4
kweidmann
OR-4
2 years ago

I support H.Res. 41 ("Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance") because evolution is real and can be most clearly demonstrated by DNA, which had not even been discovered at the time Darwin wrote "On the Origin of Species." The criticism of evolution is purely on religious grounds, which depends on the religion of the critic. This is not a form of scientific criticism. Evolution is science, which is constantly open to criticism and revision, but there is no valid criticism from opponents of evolution. Evolution is not nice, or kind, or ethical, but evolution is the only explanation for the common genetics across diverse, apparently unrelated species. Bacteria and humans share DNA. Only evolution predicted the discovery of humans and bacteria having DNA in common. We cannot honestly make up our own reality, no matter how much we do not like reality. Added 2-12-2013 - MonDeeMe writes "Darwin recanted his complete theory, this is fact." That is a lie. Why do people need to lie to try to discredit evolution? Thank you to MonDeeMe for providing an example of the way people try to make up their own reality. .

Share
MD
6
RogueMedic
MD-6
2 years ago

Thank you for your loyal service. In these economic downtimes to secure a more stable future we must focus as a nation on research and development. That means public acknowledgement of the importance of science in developing new in medicine, energy, and global sustainability. I hope that the passing of this bill will encourage more young people to pursue scientific interests and Strengthen the future potential of our nation. I support H.Res. 41 ("Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance") Thank you. Samuel darden

Share
GA
5
Samueldarden
GA-5
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.Res. 41 ("Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance") because this is a complete waste of taxpayer resources. The Federal Government should not be in the business of imposing secular humanism, or any other religion, on our citizens.

Share
NJ
12
yoyotime
NJ-12
1 year ago

I oppose H.Res. 41 ("Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance") because... this is idiotic

Share
CA
2
someplaceicangetmail
CA-2
2 years ago

I oppose H.Res. 41 ("Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance") because I would expect Congress to be focused on more important issues. I was shocked to see this as a bill when we are fighting to maintain the integrity of our Constitution, keeping billions of money f-16s and tanks from going to a country that is wrecking our embassy and desecrating our flag. Keeping Sharia Law from becoming any part of our country, a budget, not subsidiaries, jobs from utilizing our resources, battles like that. Darwin recanted his complete theory, this is fact. That this is a matter in congress tells me how out of the loop some are. This country was founded on our Creator and we do not need any further holidays! Particularly for Congress to take a holiday on. We need you to work. I am still upset you all took seven weeks off in November for whatever unknown reason and that you are being courted with more pay. Now more than ever we need you working. Bills like this are an embarrassment I have yet in all of history to see documented or in my life an animal turn into a human. I oppose it. Respectfully,

Share
CO
1
MonDeeMe
CO-1
2 years ago

I oppose H.Res. 41 ("Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance") because...evolution has been hijacked from modern-day observational occurrences such as natural selection and adaptation to some grand explanation of the origin of all life which is unobserved. Occurrences that are unobserved are by definition belief systems, and the US government should not be endorsing belief systems in violation of the separation of church and state.

Share
IN
2
tmgproductions
IN-2
2 years ago

I oppose H.Res. 41 ("Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance") because...can't you find more important things to do with your time?

Share
TX
22
America.First
TX-22
2 years ago

I oppose H.Res. 41 ("Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance") because...as an elected rep i think time would be better spent on real isuess such as debt, econ, jobs.

Share
CO
6
phergenrader
CO-6
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/22/2013--Introduced.Supports the designation of February 12, 2013, the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809, as Darwin Day. Recognizes Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge.

H.Res. 40 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that active duty... H.Res. 42 Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Repre...