No doubt, the spectrum in which this movement operates is respectable. One must "test the waters" if you will, before attempting to implement a genuine, well-constructed "BIG LIE". The systematic dismantling of the scientific process is a feat worthy of legend, and it is something that I feel very strongly about. It is the work of a genius sociopath, or of a truly fanatic believer. In either case, I respect the tenacity with which these legislators fight to discredit such a fundamental and largely explicable phenomenon in the universe. I do, however, take great offense towards the implementation of what is, by any measure of definition, a non-scientific curriculum over an established, scientific explanation of the living world. I feel that, given enough repetition, and given similar tenacity over a long enough period of time, one's interpretation of reality can, in fact, become distorted.
The scientific and non-scientific exist independently, with a real barrier between them. What this story represents to me is a systematic dismantling of the wall between reality and fiction. It is one thing to question the consensus of the scientific community, this is done every minute of every hour of every day, but to a distinctly separate end. We do not admit evidence to be considered and evaluated without first demonstrating that the data is derived using the scientific method. This is what separates creationism from science, and it is why this story is troubling. We do not promote ignorance to expand our knowledge of the universe, and it is immoral to strip the capacity for individuals to apply reason and knowledge for the sake of satisfying a base of the electorate.
I very much view this issue under the context of a discernible dichotomy between reality and fantasy, but we can go further. We have a choice between believing something demonstrable through evidence and reason, or rejecting this (and all of the nuggets of wisdom that coincide with our progress being made, even on this very day, toward understanding the phenomenon of evolution) in favor of a fantasy. This is the anti-Enlightenment, and it is growing, rather than shrinking. I feel very strongly about this subject.
^ Very well done, sir.