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Challenging Religious Privilege

Make Darwin Day a public holiday, says MP

Ashok Kumar MP has initiated an Early Day Motion calling for Darwin Day (12 February) to be recognised as an official public holiday. His motion has 32 signatures at present.

The Early Day Motion states:

That this House notes the extraordinary achievements of Charles Darwin; notes that 2009 marks both the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species; welcomes proposals for the creation of a Darwin Day in recognition of the ground-breaking work of the British scientist responsible for the theory of evolution by natural selection; and calls for Darwin's birthday, 12 February, to be designated a public holiday in honour of one of the fathers of modern science and one of Britain's greatest, if not the greatest, scientific minds.

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23 January 2009


Published Fri, 23 Jan 2009