Representative Pete Stark of California (dem) proposed Res 81 to Congress, to get February 12, 2011 as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity. This resolution is a culmination of collaboration between Representative Stark, 2008 Humanist of the Year, and the American Humanist Association.
Pete Stark is also the only "out" atheist in our government. (I am pretty sure. If you know of any others let me know!)
Here's more from the American Humanist Association:
In a statement, Representative Stark said, “Darwin’s birthday is a good time for us to reflect on the important role of science in our society. It is also a time to redouble our efforts to ensure that children are being taught scientific facts, not religious dogma, and to fight back against those who seek to undermine the science of climate change for political ends.”
This resolution could not have come at a more important time. The New York Times recently reported that only 28 percent of biology teachers present evidence for evolution as recommended by the National Research Council, while 13 percent “explicitly advocate” creationism. Furthermore, with climate change quickly gaining speed, and anti-environment regulation law-makers denying its impact, a true grasp of science is the strongest defense against global warming.
Read the Resolution here.
Then go to the AHA to the Action Center to use their nifty form to tell your representative to support this resolution. It's easy and it should be something we can all get behind, since we all use science to improve our lives.