For those who are unaware, February 12th is the birth date of Charles Darwin, author of Origin of the Species, where he described biological evolution via natural selection for the first time.
Since Darwin's death in 1882, various events have taken place to celebrate Darwin's works and his contributions to the scientific community. Since the 1990s, Darwin Day has become more and more popular and is backed by numerous humanist and free thought organizations. For examples of some past "Darwin Day" celebrations, see here.
Now, the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, partnering with the "Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center" (IDEA) offers the following challenge:
"On Charles Darwin's 200th birthday (February 12, 2009), students everywhere can speak out against censorship and stand up for free speech by defending the right to debate the evidence for and against evolution. Let's make "Darwin Day" 2009 Academic Freedom Day!"
For more information, check out the following links:
For everything you need to know about Academic Freedom Day, click here.
Stand up for academic freedom, after all, Darwin himself said, "A fair result can be obtained only by fulling stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question."
Spread the word!
Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross