Democratic Washington State Governor Issues Proclamation Recognizing ‘Darwin Day’

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Democratic governor of the state of Washington recently issued a proclamation recognizing Sunday, the 208th year of Darwin’s birthday, as “Darwin Day.”

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the proclamation on Jan. 31, which urged all Washington residents to join him in “this special observance.”

“Darwin’s discovery of natural selection continues to serve as the foundation for ongoing advances in science, health, philosophy, art, education and many other areas of public life,” it reads. “Darwin’s strength of character is evident in the great courage, wisdom and honesty required to explore and publish the findings supporting natural selection as the mechanism by which biological evolution occurs.”

“[T]he anniversary of Darwin’s birthday is an appropriate period on which to celebrate, reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity and hunger for truth, which contribute to the well-being of all people,” the proclamation asserts.

The organization Humanists of Washington states that it had requested that Inslee issue the proclamation in recognition of Darwin’s Feb. 12 birthday, which is part of a nationwide effort spearheaded by the American Humanist Association and the Secular Coalition for America.

“Humanists value the strength of science in helping us understand and protect our natural world,” representative Rebecca Friedman remarked in a statement. “Darwin Day is more than just a celebration of the man Charles Darwin; it’s a celebration of human ingenuity, intellectual bravery in the face of rebuke, and the promise that science holds in helping secure the future of our planet and its living things.”

The idea to mark “Darwin Day” was reportedly birthed by Dr. Robert Stephens in 1993, as he urged humanists in California’s Silicon Valley to observe an annual day celebrating Darwin.

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Since that time, others have joined the movement across the country, including in the nation’s capital, where as previously reported, Democratic Rep. James Himes of Connecticut recently proposed a resolution in the House of Representatives in celebration and recognition of Darwin’s contributions. Himes’ resolution never moved out of committee, according to Congress.gov.

Hundreds of liberal “churches” nationwide have likewise sought to commemorate Darwin’s birthday with special “Evolution Sunday” services, although the effort has been decreasing in recent years, with over 200 congregations marking the day this year as opposed to nearly 600 in 2013.

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“Statistics show that Biblical [young earth] creationism has more public support than theistic evolution,” Tony Breeden, the founder of the counter effort “Creation Sunday,” writes on his website. “According to Gallup polls beginning in 1982, an average of 44% of Americans espouse the view that God created everything over six days less than 10,000 years ago compared to nearly 40% who hold the theistic evolutionist position implied in atheist Michael Zimmerman’s Clergy Letter Project.”

“Only about 14% affirm the sort of all-natural evolution taught exclusively in our public schools,” he states.

However, Breeden also notes that Creation Sunday hasn’t been that large of an observance either.

According to historical documentation, not all of those who accompanied Darwin on his journeys supported his theories. During the 1860 Oxford evolution debate, Admiral Robert FitzRoy, who had once served as the captain for Darwin’s voyage to the Galapagos Islands and played a significant role in the development of the Origin of Species, repented of his participation.

Reports state that FitzRoy walked to the front of the room during the debate, “lifting an immense Bible, first with both and afterwards with one hand over his head, [and] solemnly implored the audience to believe God rather than man.”


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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    So sad that Americans would celebrate the person whose theory Nazis adhered and conducted racial “cleansing” by treating humans like animals. Northwest the is the least Bible-reading region in the USA and needs a revival.

    • johndoe

      You really need to stop with your continuous nazi comments. They will be flagged from here out.

      • Marshall P

        Another censor. You fascists cannot tolerate dissent.

        • johndoe

          Not a censor mr wizard. Tired of her relating everything not xtian to nazis. Get it? Got it? Good!

          • Marshall P

            OK, little wannabe censor, every time you come on this Christian blog and threaten to censor one of the Christians, I’ll flag you. See how you like it. You got some nerve, thinking you can censor Christians on their own blogs. You need to move on, hang out with your own kind, ones who all think like you.

          • johndoe

            Poor little oppressed one. Are you 5 or 6 yrs old?

        • antifasciste

          It really is intellectually lazy to label anyone that doesn’t agree with you a fascist.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The West must stop acting like fascists whom their Christian forefathers have utterly defeated. The West becomes mega oppressive evil when they do not follow Christianity because the West is rich and powerful; they affect all nations especially poor ones. Homosexuality and transgenderism are sins and must be treated so. White people have no rights to push the abnormal immorality and mental illness upon the world.

            Humanity have rights to live out the Holy Bible and the clear conscience; that was the reason of establishment of freedom and human rights in the Western civilization thus of the entire world. Non-christian West only uses its brain to make more gains, not the truth like Christian West did. The West needs Christian virtues for them not to conduct evils; that was the lesson from the war with Nazi Germany.

          • Rich Kingdon

            “Blasphemies and abortion and homosexuality and transgenderism are sins …” According to your CHOSEN BELIEFS, which I consider to be incredibly ignorant. Your believe is fiction. You have no right to judge anyone else against YOUR religion. If you think you do have that right, you need to get the hell out of my nation, bigot.

          • Paul O.

            It’s intellectually lazy to not understand the original statement. No one was labeled a fascist.

          • antifasciste

            The preceding comments were deleted, so clearly you have no idea of the context of my comment. Try paying attention. Additionally, several on this site frequently label anyone with whom they disagree a Nazi or a fascist.

          • Marshall P

            Not when it’s true.

          • antifasciste

            I suspect your ability to accurately assess if someone is a fascist is severely limited. Can you recite one valid aspect of fascist ideology?

    • RWH

      The Nazis didn’t need evolution. Throughout the centuries, the Church (Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant) held that Jews were the killers of Christ. If a Jew converted, s/he could fit into mainstream society. What Hitler did was to take things one step further and make things more racial. The Inquisition in Spain got its start almost a century before the Protestant Reformation came along, and it was aimed at both the Moslems and the Jews to drive them out of Spain.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        You are wrong. Nazis were Darwinians and that’s why they came up with the idea of racial cleaning to preserve “superior” race on earth. True Christians value everyone’s life equally, Christ killers’ or not. We are all responsible for the death of Jesus. He dies for our sins. Nazis was secretive about the annihilation of the Jews because European Christendom would never allow such thing. Nazi Youth generation and atheistic Soviets were different from the rest of humans in Europe. Education and dogma count very much on all men.

        Spain protected the entire Europe from the pagan invasions and that’s why today’s America exists intact. They were not boneless or feminized like modern secular men. Americans should be thankful to Spain forever; you owe them your existence. Today’s Westernern men make pervs come into women’s restrooms to endanger all women and children. Yesteryear’s white people were better; they were not baby-killers or playboys or pervs or mentally ill. You guys can’t even protect your women and children properly. Stop bashing ancient Spain; you guys have no rights to.

        • RWH

          Grace. I don’t know where you learn your history from, but if you look up any site concerning the Jews in Europe, you will read about the blatant antisemitism. Jews were considered the Christ-killers, and many were confined to ghettos. First of all, I doubt that Hitler knew much about Darwin or even cared. He worked off the tradition of antisemitism in Europe. Read about the progroms in Russia. There is still a lot of antisemitism in Eastern Europe. The Nazis secretive about the annihilation of the Jews? You have got to be kidding. All sorts of people were complicit about rounding up the Jews. I’m sure that nobody noticed the night that all of the synagogues in Germany “mysteriously” burned down. Do you actually think that nobody knew about the Warsaw Ghetto? Concerning Spain and the Inquisition, your ideas are too repulsive. They murdered Moslems. They murdered Jews. They murdered anyone who was deemed a heretic.

          Anyone who knows one iota about history knows that you are all wet.

          This complete rewriting of history is one of the trademarks that someone is a member of a cult. There’s lots of small splinter groups that do it to make themselves look good. So, Grace, which cult is it?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            RWH, you must take the whole world history, not just the history of the Western civilization. The Jews have been better off in the Christendom than elsewhere, especially quite happy in the USA. Life has been brutal everywhere for everyone for most of the time. The Jews flourished in the Christendom alone no matter what you say; elsewhere they just suffered and were silenced with no name and no development and only with bare survival.

            Anti-Semitism is in all over the world; others just have no Jews to bully to leave any records. I was talking about the beginning of Nazi era, not the middle or the ending. By the time people realized what was going on, the Nazi power was way too strong. They killed a lot of Germans, too. Regarding Spain, the tribes and nations killed each other always; do you think the pagans were angelic towards the European whites? Liberals’ brain is the real mystery in recent history.

            Spanish kind of control were done by all nations; people got executed for merely talking back to kings. What planet are you from? You secular Westerners are too unbalanced in your knowledge of history, and that’s all. I’m a Bible-believing Christian and no cult. Liberal mainliners are the cults, endorsing infanticide and sexual immorality which God condemns.

          • RWH

            Sorry, Grace. I get my history from reputable historians and from Jews who know their own history. I don’t get my history from comic books. Until the 20th Century and Zionism, the Jews and the Moslems lived in relative peace with each other. Only people who get their history from the box tops of Cheerios will think that Europe was a place where Jews could live comfortably. Eastern Europe was a literal hell on earth for Jews centuries before Hitler even came along. Western Europe improved somewhat but not by a whole lot. Why do you think that Hitler felt free to do whatever he wanted? The United States turned Jews back who tried to come as refugees as did other countries where they tried to disembark. There is that famous boat filled with Jews that was not allowed to embark on US soil. A handful were saved in the Bahamas because someone got very sick and needed medical attention.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            I learned history from both the Christian and secular historians and sources and books just like you did. Western Europe and Eastern Europe took turns in giving the Jews good time and hard time, but the Christendom was still better than others – the Middle East and Africa and Asia. The Jews made names in the Christendom especially in the USA. Hitler did what he did because it was secretive first until Nazis had monopoly power. No one imagined of such genocide to be possible.

            The USA actively helped the Jews; there were many others who wanted to immigrate to the USA or other British colonies and had hard time and got rejected and shipwrecked etc., not just the Jews. The USA did good to the Jews and protected them and that’s why USA was blessed by God. The USA also crucially helped Israel to maintain independence. The Jews should remember other tribes’ hardships and not just their own. History has a lot of elements happening at the same time.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    USA needs a lot of Bible Day to act humane and protect human life and dignity. Humanism becomes deadlier each passing day.

    • jake

      Why do you say “His” when referring to “God”? That implies that this deity has a penis. Why do you believe that?

  • Emmanuel

    A birder gets a holiday. I need to start birding so I can have a day off.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Everyday is a special day to celebrate the life God has created and given to us.

  • Stinger

    Pandering to religion haters. Isn’t that just precious?

    • antifasciste

      How does valuing objective testable and refutable science equate to hating religion? I am not personally religious, but I am open minded enough to understand the good aspects religion can bring to the world. The banality of your binary view of the world is astounding.

      • Amos Moses

        “The banality of your binary view of the world is astounding.”

        still looking for that part of the bible where God said He created “non-binaries” and that it is blessed ….. science devoid of God is not science ….. and a mind so open your brain falls out is not anything to brag about ………..

        • antifasciste

          Ehh, don’t read the Bible, still don’t hate religion. You’re telling me you know of objective testable evidence of the God of which you speak?

          • Amos Moses

            so are you saying he does not exist …… or what are you saying ……… the evidence is abundant ….. do you deny the evidence ……… can you see the evidence ….. if you saw the evidence would you acknowledge it as evidence …….. or would you deny that it is evidence despite the fact it is in front of you ………………………..

          • antifasciste

            I did not say your God doesn’t exist; I don’t posess the hubris to claim to know that, but I am referring to empirically objective evidence. Can you provide a specific example of the evidence allegedly in front of me?

          • Amos Moses

            You are the evidence …… is that specific enough ……

          • antifasciste

            Specifically subjective. 😎

          • Amos Moses

            specifically you deny the evidence …… as i asked if you would …. and you did ……..

          • antifasciste

            I only deny your subjective and narrow analysis.

          • Amos Moses

            Which is the evidence ……….. evidence is narrow and it is objective ………. so FAIL ……

          • antifasciste

            In what way is the God you apparently represent not subjective? All religions have claimed they are the correct interpretation, but in the entire universe you have managed to lock into the only objective manifestation? Uhh, don’t think so.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Unbelieving Westerners have been always wrong. USA should have Pilgrims’ Day or Puritans’ Day or British Christian Pioneers’ Day as a national holiday. They created the USA and they should be remembered forever by Americans instead Darwin whose false theory made mankind treat each other like animals. The US soldiers are merely protecting the Christian pioneers’ production today. Creators should be honored more than the preservers.

    Racial crimes will never cease until today’s white people start respecting all the white Christians of the yesteryears. Everyone respects those who respect their own parents and ancestors and become happy. Parent-bashers are only despicable, whoever they are. West’s colonialism did some evils, but demon-worships and barbarism and illiterate savagery of the Non-West was evil, too. At the end, it is only the Christian Britons and Christian Americans who brought the world the life-saving copies of the Holy Bible, universal literacy, light bulbs, and longevity by medicine to all mankind.

    White Christian people deserve much gratitude from all Americans and from all mankind. Proper respect for Christianity and gratitude to the white Christian pioneers will also cure the mental illness of many secular kids who’ve been falsely indocrinated to hate morality by the liberal education.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    #2 Racial crimes will never cease until today’s white people start respecting all the white Christians of the yesteryears. Everyone respects those who respect their own parents and ancestors and become happy. Parent-bashers are only despicable, whoever they are. West’s colonialism did some evils, but the demon-worships and barbarisms and illiterate savagery of the Non-West were evil, too. Every tribe, every nation, everyone is a sinner.

    At the end, it is only the Christian Britons and Christian Americans who brought the world the life-saving copies of the Holy Bible, universal literacy, light bulbs, and longevity by medicine to all mankind. White Christian people deserve much gratitude from all Americans and from all mankind. Proper respect for Christianity and gratitude to the white Christian pioneers will also cure the mental illness of many secular kids who’ve been falsely indocrinated to hate morality by the liberal education.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    #3 At the end, it is the Christian Britons and Christian Americans who brought the entire world the life-saving copies of the Holy Bible, unconditional charity, universal literacy, light bulbs, and longevity by mediccal technology to all mankind. White Christian people deserve much gratitude from all Americans and from all mankind. Proper respect for Christianity and gratitude to the white Christian pioneers will also cure the mental illness of many secular kids who’ve been falsely indocrinated to hate morality by the liberal education.

  • Robinske2

    Even when the disciples and the early church were on fire for Christ and preaching from first hand knowledge of Jesus, the Christian faith, at best, was a tolerated minority during the first few centuries of the Church. It wasn’t until Constantine converted to Christ and became emperor, and hundreds of other Kings converted or came to power (King Edward & Charlemagne to name few) that Christianity became the foundation of Western Civ. Today’s leaders, for the most part, have rejected Christ and many are the Captains of the devil’s culture war to lead a rebellion against God and his son and their teachings. God will always have his 7,000, but to see the Gospel reach the masses of lost souls, we need Godly leaders.

  • Arakiba

    Excellent news. People who helped advance human understanding should be celebrated.

  • Rich Kingdon

    How incredibly ignorant of the writer: “Hundreds of liberal “churches” nationwide…” How DARE you judge other churches? Who the holy hell are you to do so? Your ignorance is astounding, and your incredible LACK of actual “Christianity” is appalling.

  • Paul O.

    Great, honoring a man whose book was used to justify racism. The full title of Darwin’s book is, “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.”