On this date in 1809 these two men were born: Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln. No one questions Lincoln's greatness (with the possible exception of one or two Civil War hold-overs). He served as president during one of this nation's most tragic periods. But the other is still struggling for credibility among many people. There is still a significant number of people who do not accept the fact of evolution. Forget the fossil record, new research with DNA and the logic of Natural Selection. It doesn't matter. There are school districts that either forbid the teaching of evolution or at the very least require equal instruction in 'intelligent design'-an euphemism for Creationism.
No matter. I am absolutely convinced that science will eventually prevail over ignorance. In my lifetime? Doubtfully! Happy birthday, men.