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Turning Darwin Day Into Academic Freedom Day


Next afdlogo1.jpg year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species. As you can imagine, Darwinists have a full year of celebrations planned, and February 12th, Darwin's birthday, is likely to be the high water mark for most of those celebrations. Every year Darwin Day celebrations get more and more elaborate and outrageous. Celebrants decorate evolution trees, sign Darwin carols and odes to natural selection, and eat from the tree of life.

Naturally, we don't want you to miss out on the fun. On Charles Darwin's 200th birthday (Feb. 12, 2009), we want students everywhere to speak out against censorship and stand up for free speech by defending the right to debate the evidence for and against evolution and turn "Darwin Day" into Academic Freedom Day.

We have plans for celebrations of our own, celebrations that will help to promote academic freedom in line with the words of Darwin himself: "A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and argument on both sides of the each question."

Our plan is to get student groups and clubs, as well as individual students, to organize Academic Freedom Day events, on or about Feb. 12th. These events can be as simple as having a table on campus where people can sign the Academic Freedom Petition and find out more about academic freedom on evolution. Or the events can be more elaborate, including screening Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, or Icons of Evolution on campus.

Visit the new Academic Freedom Day website, or e-mail us at academicfreedom@discovery.org for more information.