DOVER, Del. – Atheists and secularists are commending the Governor of Delaware’s recent decision to recognize February 12, 2015, as “Charles Darwin Day” in celebration of the notorious naturalist’s birthday.
In a recent statement, Delaware Governor Jack Markell announced that February 12—Darwin’s birthday—will be recognized this year as “Charles Darwin Day” in his state. Markell stated that “Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is the foundation of modern biology, an essential tool in understanding the development of life on earth.”
“The anniversary of Darwin’s birthday is a time to reflect and celebrate the importance of his scientific achievements,” Markell said in the statement. “Now, Therefore, I, Jack A. Markell, Governor, do hereby declare February 12th, 2015, Charles Darwin Day.”
Charles Darwin Day, also known as International Darwin Day, is celebrated each year by evolutionists around the world. The day is organized by the American Humanist Association (AHA), which is an organization committed to promoting atheism and “good without a god.”
“The mission of International Darwin Day is to inspire people throughout the globe to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin,” the AHA’s International Darwin Day website explains.
Markell reportedly issued the Darwin Day proclamation following a request from the Delaware Atheist Meetup. The group plans to celebrate the occasion with a February 12 meeting in Newark.
Though Darwin is held in high esteem by evolutionists, those who reject his theory argue that Darwin’s contributions to empirical science were negligible. Brian Thomas, Science Writer for the Institute for Creation Research, told Christian News Network that “Darwin’s scientific achievements amounted to very little—some work on invertebrates was all.”
“Instead,” Thomas asserted, “he is celebrated for convincing key thinkers that natural processes can mimic what science shows nature could never do, like building the biological machines we call human bodies that construct themselves from single cells to contain human spirits that think about whether or not to throw a party in honor of Charles Darwin.”
Darwinism is appealing to many people, Thomas said, because, according to the evolutionary worldview, there is no moral accountability to a Creator.
“The spiritual link between Darwinism and atheism follows from thinking that natural processes like death and mutations can transform worms into humans,” he stated. “Where does a Creator fit in this view? Without a Creator, man feels free to do what he wants, how he wants—all while ignoring his conscience that reminds him of the Judge he must one day face.”
Ultimately, Thomas contended, Darwin Day promotes naturalism and secularism—not science.
“If Delaware really valued science, then why not celebrate Isaac Newton Day, Louis Pasteur Day, Werner von Braun Day, or Raymond Damadian Day?” he asked. “Clearly, Darwin’s influence reached beyond science to ultimate origins. Celebrating Darwin amounts to rejoicing in the belief that nature created all things instead of God.”
The implications of an evolutionary belief system can be dangerous, Thomas added.
“We know from World War II that Darwinistic elitism can be used to justify slaughtering millions of lives,” he said, “and we know from Hebrews 11 that ‘he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.’ We won’t seek Him if we don’t first agree that He, not nature, made us.”