An atheist's request for the state of Delaware to celebrate "Charles Darwin Day" has been approved, with Democratic Gov. Jack Markell issuing a proclamation naming Feb. 12, 2015, as the day of commemoration.
The declaration was reportedly granted after Chuck Dyke, a member of the Delaware Atheist Meetup, requested the action, according to Friendly Atheist blogger Hemant Mehta.
A form on the Delaware state website allows for residents to make requests for "special recognitions," which can include events ranging from birthday mentions for elderly residents to the naming of special days. It is unclear which, if any, proposals for official proclamations are rejected, though the wide array of potential occasions for consideration are listed on the site.
The text of the "Charles Darwin Day" proclamation that is published on the Friendly Atheist blog honors Darwin for the "development of the Theory of Evolution," calling it the "foundation of modern biology" and an "essential tool in understanding the development of life on earth."
State of Delaware/Friendly Atheist Blog
The document declares February 12 — Darwin's birthday — as the official day of recognition, according to the Huffington Post.
"The anniversary of Darwin’s birthday is a time to reflect and celebrate the importance of his scientific achievements," the document reads.
Darwin Day is a commemorative event that is frequently touted by secular and atheist activists. Last year, former Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) tried to take the event to Congress, introducing a failed “Darwin Day Resolution” along with 12 co-sponsors.
(H/T: Huffington Post)