They are nothing if not persistant. For centuries these Christians have been trying to reconcile history as told in the bible with the historical record as told by fossils. This has forced the literal readers into an adversarial relationship with "science" in general, often teamed up with political power when mutual benefit could be exploited. This conflict arises and recedes as the tide of conservative, anti-modern sentiment flows through time.Galileo was told to ignore what he knew about Copernicus when the Church felt threatened ( see Galileo by Bertohld Brecht), we all know about the Scopes trial and now here they come again, a full frontal assault not just on evolution but on science and intellectualism, portrayed as a secular ,humanist, leftist cult. This attack by the Taliban wing of the Christian Right is sophisticated, multi-pronged and could have profound effects for our society.
The story on PBS last night should alarm anybody worried about the separation of church and state. It highlighted the struggle in public school science classes all around the nation, something I am personally involved with here in rural Montana. A coordinated, well funded network of foundations, media and churches nationwide have again targeted the teaching of Darwin's theory, claiming (falsely) that their is "contoversy" within the scientific community as to it's validity and that a "theory of intelligent design" deserves to be taught alongside evolution. The kids interviewed on the program had been convinced ,through incessent prosleytizing and propa anda that evolution theory was no more than guesswork and their teachers were so intimidated by the local "cultural enforcers" they were afraid to object. Here where I live the "morality police" attempted to hijack the local school board but were rebuffed for now. These are the same students who the National Geographic study found could not identify Europe on a map. The ones who in a recent Knight Foundation study felt newspapers should get "government approval" before publishing. (38% in a survey of 112,003 students). Since a plurality of Americans believe God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago ,we can't be surprised their children also refuse to learn.
If these clowns didnt control the executive branch, the legislature ,a growing number of the judiciary and large portions of the press it would be easy to just laugh them off. Then again, they may just be the living proof that Darwin was wrong! Or that the process of natural selection is now such a mess that we are seeing survival of the dumbest. Women seem to be attracted to George Bush.
More resources can be found at Americans United for the Separation of Church and State AU.org (I will do links when I figure it out) and at National Center for Science Education www.natcenscied.org