Over at his blog, atheist actvist Hemant Mehta posted the following:
For the past few years, a member of Congress has introduced a resolution in the House to honor Charles Darwin on his birthday. Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) did it in 2011, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) did it in 2013 and 2014, and Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) has did it in the years since.
He just did it again yesterday, introducing the resolution, officially known as House Resolution 44. It designates “February 12, 2017, as ‘Darwin Day’ and [recognizes] the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.”
As I’ve said before, it’s nice to see a member of Congress honoring science instead of denying it.
This is all yet another example of activists and politicians stinking up the place with their culture warring. For this is nothing more than grandstanding that attempts to turn science itself into a political weapon and political debate. This is not “honoring science.” It is politicizing science. And the last thing Western civilization needs is the further politicization of science.
Look, I say this as an evolutionist who accepts Darwinian evolution and who recognizes the importance of Darwin’s work.
The problem here is why, among all the great scientists of history, choose and recognize Darwin as the symbol of “the importance of science in the betterment of humanity?” Why a Darwin Day instead of an Einstein Day or a Newton Day?
For that matter, why a Darwin Day instead of a Fleming Day? If we are to recognize the importance of science in the betterment of humanity, why ignore the scientist who discovered penicillin? This discovery revolutionized medicine and has saved the lives of billions of people. There is simply no debate that his discovery has resulted in the betterment of humanity. It’s something everyone can agree on.
So why a Darwin Day instead of a Fleming Day? Because everyone could rally around a Fleming Day without click bait controversies and political grandstanding.
I really wish activists and politicians would stop politicizing science. It is, in the long run, very bad for science.