Up from the comments again, I feel the need to ask this question.
What is the threat posed by the theory of creationism? There are myriad blogs and articles and online journals that speak of “combatting” creationism, or which at least stress the need to remain “scientific” and not allow archaic religious sensitivities to influence our purely scientific endeavors. Some of the most strident speak of creationism as some sort of dark bugaboo which threatens the very foundation of our society and way of life, or some such.
Now, there are a lot of things worthy of combatting. We are combatting Islamic fundamentalism in the war on terror. You combat viral infections and the spread of disease. We understand the threats these things pose. Islamic fundamentalism has demonstrated vividly why it must be opposed.
So, what is the comparable threat from creationism? Or for that matter, evolution? How and why does a school of thought pose such a grave danger that it can so polarize people into very nearly armed camps? What exactly is the expected result, this catastrophe we must avoid at all costs?
Why is it we demand that evidence ONLY be examined within the context of evolutionary theory? Why are departures from this norm met with such virulent opposition?