Happy Darwin Day, unofficially!


Hey, like, do you remember when congress proposed to recognize Darwin Day, officially, years ago? Yeah, it’s been kind of bouncing around for a long time. Didn’t pass.

Hey, also, remember when Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia, a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, said a few words about that Darwin stuff?

God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.

Heh. Good times, good times. Hey, didja know this kind of bill has been proposed over and over again, and always dies in that same Committee on Science, Space and Technology? The one that is currently chaired by Lamar Smith, with luminaries like Dana Rohrabacher on board? I wonder how that happens.

Last month, another Darwin Day bill was shuffled off to that committee. How do you think it will fare?

Oh, well, we shall celebrate evolutionary biology in our hearts. Or on YouTube — I’ll be going live here around noon to play “Ask an Evolutionist” for a while, as promised.


  1. says

    Although it may seem like futility to keep proposing a bill which is sure not to pass, it is good to keep it in public view that some of our leaders are theocrats who are willing to ignore science when it is inconvenient to them. People who think like them will appreciate it too, but it is good to establish that dividing line.

  2. says

    A Darwin Day Anthem?
    (To the tune of Never Smile at a Crocodile)

    Never fuck with a Croco-duck,
    No, you mustn’t get friendly with a Croco-duck.
    Never tell creationists their ideas suck.
    Don’t be taken in by their silly whim
    Gotten from a Bible that they merely skim.
    Never fuck with a Croco-duck.
    Never let the ‘missing link’ run amok.
    Tip your hat, say ‘Good Day’.
    Let them all slink away.
    And never ever ever fuck about with Mr Croco-duck!

  3. michaelwbusch says

    Re. Jim Thomas @4:

    who are willing to ignore science when it is inconvenient to them

    This is an important point. From witnessing actions by members of the House Science Committee for the past several years, including both Smith and Rohrabacher, I’ve concluded that they aren’t anti-science in general.

    They support some areas of science that they find non-threatening and interesting ( e.g. exploring Europa, radio astronomy ). They oppose those areas of science that are inconvenient for them because they might alienate their key supporters (e.g. acknowledging the harm we are doing to the environment, admitting that evolution happens). Apparently, their desire to retain their political power outweighs all other considerations.

    This does mean that it should be possible to convince them to support science in general – if enough of their constituents were to make it clear to them that they needed to do so to get votes.

  4. Pierce R. Butler says

    John Harshman @ # 2: “embryology”??

    Pick up any text on the subject and just try to find ensoulment in it anywhere, I dares ya.

    Clearly the whole field is o’ the devil!

  5. brett says

    I forgot about this. Well, here’s a toast to the most important scientist of the 19th century (and that’s saying something).

  6. DanDare says

    So screw the government and committees. Just declare Darwin Day and get a few million people observing it.