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Freethinkers mark Darwins 206th birthday on Saturday
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Charles Darwin’s 206th birthday will be celebrated this Saturday at the Manteca Library. 

Darwin is credited for his research which led to the theory of Evolution. The event, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the McFall Room, 320 W. Center St., features multiple speakers and is free and open to the public.

Co-hosted by local atheist and humanist groups, this event is the first-of-its-kind event in the Central Valley. Activities will be available for children of all ages, cake will be served, and attendees will have an opportunity to recognize the scientific contributions made by Darwin that have changed how we understand life and give us a scientifically-backed alternative to Creationism.

Three speakers will take the stage at the Manteca Library – either outside (weather permitting) or in the large conference room. 

Jerry DeWitt, a former Pentecostal pastor from Louisiana, will talk on building bridges between the religious and secular communities. Ryan Bell, a former Seventh Day Adventist who just completed a “Year without God”, will discuss his transition from faith to reason.

The event’s third speaker, Glenn Branch, is from the National Center for Science and Education, based in Oakland, and will present “90 Years after Scopes” covering the educational landscape of evolution in our school system.

This event is organized by David Diskin of the Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers, and assisted by members of the Stanislaus Humanists. 

“We’re excited to launch this event in the Central Valley, and hope it will be the start of an annual tradition that celebrates scientific discovery in spite of religious conviction,” said Diskin.

He continued, “The theory of evolution is hardly controversial among scientists… or the rest of the world, for that matter. It is only our country’s most religious followers that find controversy in a theory that beautifully connects all life on Earth.”

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