Whitehall Ohio is a 5.2 square mile enclave of Columbus. It is middle income town with the largest employer being a Defense Supply Depot. It also seems that some town leaders want to celebrate science ignorance.
Back in December, Whitehall Mayor John Wolfe directed another episode of “Establishing a Religion” when he defended the city putting up a Nativity scene at city hall after complaints from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
Now it seems city leaders are against science.
Councilwoman Jacquelyn Thompson tried to get city council to adopt a resolution marking February 12th as Darwin Day in the city. It would honor the 200th birthday of the father of Evolution, Charles Darwin. Thompson said that Darwin was a personal hero and the idea of a proclamation came from a member of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio. However she soon found out not everyone was pleased:
Her proposal faced heavy opposition last week, so she agreed to resubmit it as a resolution that would make February “Science Month.” However, the resolution — as read at the City Council meeting last night — still mentions Darwin.
“I don’t think these are things City Council needs to be spending time with. It’s just a theory. There are other scientists,” Councilman Robert Bailey said.
“Maybe other cities don’t want a creche or they have a ‘Darwin Day,’ but this is Whitehall, and Whitehall takes care of Whitehall,” Councilman Wesley Kantor said last night. “The people of Whitehall want the Nativity scene and they don’t want this ‘Science Month.’ “
Once again, this opposition to Evolution and slander that it is just a “theory” is the result of ignorance of the concept. Evolution remains the foundation of biology, as it provides a unifying logical explanation for the diversity of life.
If we continue to do nothing about celebrations of science ignorance as supported by Councilmen Bailey and Kantor, then this country will continue to fall behind in science.
I don’t know about you but anything less than 1st place in science will not be cool.
Thank you Whitehall!