In a word: Hell, no. Okay that’s two words. But you gotta hand it to Congressman Rush Holt (Democrat–of course–from New Jersey) for introducing a resolution to declare February 12th “Darwin Day.” The resolution will go to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, where it will gather dust until the sun swells and engulfs the inner planets. Or until hell freezes over, whichever comes first.
The House is controlled by Republicans, and the Committee in question is dominated by conservative dimwits like Paul Broun (Republican–of course–from Georgia) who recently declared that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang Theory (the actual theory and not the TV show) are “lies straight from the pit of hell.”
The Committee is chaired by Lamar Smith of Texas, who’s a Christian Scientist. As a reminder, Christian Scientists believe “that spiritual reality is the only reality and that the material world – including sickness and death – is an illusion,” and who infamously forswear medical science in favor of prayer to cure what ails ya. You read right: the chairman of the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space and Technology doesn’t believe in Science and doesn’t think Space is real.
This is the strange and hilarious-if-it-weren’t-so-tragic world we live in.