Saturday, February 12, 2011

Celebrating Charlie

Happy Darwin Day! If Sir Charles were still around, he'd be 202 years old today.

The American Humanist Association is pushing—or rather, is backing Representative Pete Stark’s (D-CA) push—for House Resolution 81, which would officially designate today as "Darwin Day." I'm not against the idea, particularly when 40% of Americans still believe that "God created humans in their present form," but does this kind of resolution have any real-world effect beyond allowing the Humanist Association to claim some kind of public relations victory? Really, to most Americans, a House Resolution in favor of "Darwin Day" means about as much as "Bravo for Boysenberries Day," and most who would actually care about such a thing would regard it as just another sign that our nation is doomed. "Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!"

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