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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dems propose Darwin Day bill

The Hill - 'Darwin Day' bill rips creationism
The Hill: Three House Democrats have proposed a resolution that criticizes the teaching of creationism and the denial of man-made global warming as anti-science.

The resolution from Reps. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), Jim Himes (D-Conn.) and Mike Honda (D-Calif.), H.Res. 467, proposes the designation of Feb. 12 as “Darwin Day” to recognize Charles Darwin’s contributions to science.The resolution says Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection “provides humanity with a logical and intellectually compelling explanation for the diversity of life on Earth.” It also says teachings to the contrary go against established science.
“[T]he teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States education systems,” it reads. It adds that the validity of Darwin’s theory of natural selection is “strongly supported by the modern understanding of the science of genetics.”

The resolution also takes a shot at global warming skeptics, by saying the advancement of science “must be protected from those unconcerned with the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change.”
Bottom line, evolutionary biology is an applied science. Arguing against it is like standing next to a nuclear power plant and saying, “Oh yeah? Well if this so-called ‘nuclear power’ is so real, then why is it called the ‘theory of special relativity’?”

Of course, this bill is never going anywhere and it’s really just a way to tweak Republican anti-science, but if you can’t troll flatearthers on Darwin Day, where are you going to get your fun?

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