What an interesting coincidence having scientist Charles Darwin and 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln born on exactly the same day and year (2/12/1809)!
The only place I heard or read about this was on the Thom Hartmann show earlier today. Hartmann had as a guest on his show a gentlemen with The Darwin Project. The guest made some interesting observations on the "survival of the fittest" notion Darwin only mentioned a few times versus many more mentions of the term "moral sensitivity". This makes a stronger case that humanity's survival has little to do with the "pulling (of one's self) up by (its) bootstraps", which conservatives tend to champion as the American ideal in economic issues; rather, it is how people treat each other which point to how long and well we may survive on the planet.
Update: I found an article approximately 6:30 pm today on MSNBC about Darwin's birthday. My apologies for the oversight
Mr. Hartmann also played a voicemail during the program from a pastor who mentioned the Clergy Letter Project. They are having their Evolution Weekend today through Sunday. The link to the Clergy Letter Project above will take you to their site and let you find congregations who are recognizing this weekend in your state as well as a link to sermons delivered by various churches during previous weekends.
The group seeks to recognize that ". . . numerous clergy from most denominations have tremendous respect for evolutionary theory and have embraced it as a core component of human knowledge, fully harmonious with religious faith."
It feels good to know that I am not alone in my view that evolution is how life on this planet has come to be what it is now and that religious faith need to be set aside to accept the theory of evolution. I imagine it more interesting to see how evolution determines what type of life exists on a planet rather than scooping up clay, molding it and breathing life into it. I think the saying which begins "Give a man a fish . ." is the easiest way to summarize why evolution would be much more interesting to a deity.
The White House website gives a good thumbnail sketch biography of Lincoln. President Obama is scheduled this evening to speak at the Abraham Lincoln Association Annual Banquet. It appears to me that, once again, the only way President Lincoln's birthday was going to be acknowledged was through the current U.S. President attending this banquet and delivering the keynote address.