February 12th will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth date of Charles Darwin while the entire year marks the 150th anniversary of On The Origin of Species, the book which changed forever the way Western man looks at himself. There promises to be hoopla galore (see a list of events in England here ) especially at universities like Harvard. There are currently 424 events scheduled in 36 countries for Darwin Day 2009*.
There also promises to protests and name-calling galore as well: the world's Christofascists will be coming out of the woodwork! It makes no difference that Darwin believed in God:
[After his voyage on the HMS Beagle]
He still viewed organisms as perfectly adapted, and On the Origin of Species reflects theological views. Though he thought of religion as a tribal survival strategy, Darwin still believed that God was the ultimate lawgiver.
But to Creationists, Young Earthers, Fundamentalists, Inerrantists, Literalists and all of the world's most staunch Christofascists, Darwin will always be synonymous with atheism and humanism - and therefore (put in Biblical terms) an abomination.
Then there's Intelligent Design:
*The Darwin Day Celebration (DDC) promotes public education about science and encourages the celebration of Science and Humanity throughout the global community. DDC is administered by the Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS).