Friday, February 6, 2015

Darwin Day = Unconstitutional?

February 12th is the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Across the globe many people do celebrate or at least recognize Darwin Day. But for some strange reason Charisma News writer Jennifer Leclair takes issue with Delaware Gov. Jack Markell officially declaring February 12th as Charles Darwin Day. Um... Why?
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell just declared Feb. 12 "Charles Darwin Day" in his state—just because a member of the Delaware Atheist Meetup group asked him to.  

Nevertheless, no one is persecuting Markell for his godless move.
Atheists are citizens too. They are allowed to make requests and voice opinions. It's actually quite a pleasant surprise to see atheists not just brushed aside by a politician without a thought. 

But what about declaring Feb. 12th as Darwin Day is godless? Darwin Day is about Darwin and science, not atheism.
Atheists love Darwin and his theory of evolution, which claims humans evolved from lower life forms. The problem with that theory, of course, is that it defies Scripture.
Actually, the problem is that scripture defies the evidence and reason itself. Yet somehow, people still believe and claim that evolution is the fairytale.
Markell proclaimed that "Darwin's Theory of Evolution is the foundation of modern biology, an essential tool in understanding the development of life on earth."
Can't argue with that. As the old saying goes, "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution."
I respectfully beg to differ.
Then no two ways around it, Jennifer is just plain wrong.
Darwin's theory of evolution has emerged as a deceptive tool in the hands of determined atheists who spend more time trying to prove God doesn't exist than reading His Word with an open heart.
Try again... Atheists tend to like evolution because we often also like science. And evolution is hard, heavily evidenced and proven science.

Also, by my reckoning, far more atheists read the Bible with an open mind than believers do. Doing just that is what made many of us atheists. Furthermore, if we're wrong, we want to know. So we are very open indeed.
Again, no one is persecuting Markell for his godless move. But let former Texas Gov. Rick Perry or Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal pray in the name of Jesus in a public setting and all hell breaks loose.
Why was there a different response? Probably because both situations are wholly dissimilar! Markell declaring Darwin Day, as I said before, is not godless. It's an honoring of a scientist and science. Evolution is not a religion. Evolution is not part or atheism. Atheists greatly tend to accept evolution due to it being a scientific fact, but you can be an atheist and reject evolution, just as millions of Christians accept that evolution did happen. So evolution describing a Darwin Day declaration as 'godless' quite simply makes very little sense.

As for Jindal. If he led a public prayer in the name of Jesus and earned himself criticism, that would be because it was warranted. Public officials are not supposed to promote any one religion (it doesn't matter which religion) in that manner. Doing so risks a violation of the US Constitution's Establishment Clause. So one was a promotion of a religion, and one wasn't. That's all the difference in the world. Maybe Jennifer is too paranoid to realize it, but that's the truth.

I may not live in Delaware, but I intend to recognize Darwin Day this year just like I always do, and I hope you will too.

-Brain Hulk

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