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On Charles Darwin’s birthday (February 12th), students everywhere can speak out against censorship and stand up for free speech by defending the right to debate the evidence for and against Darwinian evolution. Let’s make "Darwin Day" Academic Freedom Day!

Across the country academic freedom on evolution is being trampled every day. Scientific research challenging Darwinism is thwarted. Teachers trying to discuss these challenges with their students are censored. Even students are subject to harassment and prejudice for expressing views that are skeptical of Darwinism. Scientists, educators, students need your help to protect their academic freedom rights.

Each year on Feb. 12, supporters of Darwin’s theory celebrate “Darwin Day” with one-sided events that have all the trappings of a religious holiday. Usually “Darwin Day” events promote intolerance and dogmatism, a far cry from the mindset of open inquiry advocated by Charles Darwin himself.

Instead of celebrating dogmatism on Darwin Day, we encourage you 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 arguments on both sides of each question."

Academic Freedom Day 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.

Click here for more ideas on what you can do to celebrate Academic Freedom Day.

Academicfreedomday.com is hosted by Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture in partnership with the IDEA Center.

For more information about Academic Freedom Day and academic freedom issues please e-mail us at academicfreedom@discovery.org.

Academic Freedom Day:

On Charles Darwin's birthday (February 12), 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. Let's make "Darwin Day"

Academic Freedom Day!