As most of us know, February 12th is Darwin Day. Darwin Day 2009 is gearing up to be a special one because it will be the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species.
The Discovery Institute, the organization of ID proponents that make sad and awkward attempts to masquerade ID as actual science, has decided to make February 12th a day of their own, Academic Freedom Day. And to be fair to one of my favorite SBM bloggers, ID here is Intelligent Design, not Infectious Diseases.
Academic Freedom Day is a day where “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.”
They even use a caricature of Darwin in their logo.
Basically, it’s just another pathetic attempt by the clowns at the Discovery Institute to spread their message. Darwin bad! Evolution bad! Creationism, er, intelligent design good!
These campaigns of misinformation remind me of anti-vaccinationists who seem to be more about being accepted in a social group gathered around a cause rather than looking at the actual science and coming to their own conclusions based on that. Jenny says vaccines hurt kids, we don’t like when kids are hurt, so Jenny is right, vaccines should not be given to children.
So what can you do to celebrate Academic Freedom Day? Well you can attend screenings of Ben Stein’s masterpiece, Expelled. Or you can participate in a video essay contest, of which I suspect most entries will actually be better than Expelled. Or you can start an ID club at your school. Fun.
Oh, and let’s not forget, you can buy merchandise. Yeah, Discovery Institute swag, awesome.
So where will I be on Academic Freedom Day? I’ll be partying and celebrating Darwin Day with my local skeptical organization.