In the dark ages, the Christian west was stagnant, while Islam dominated every meaningful field of science and learning. However, religious fundamentalists were offended that science and philosophy tended to disagree with theology and dogma. What ensued was an anti intellectual purge, from which the muslim world nver recovered. Here we are, centuries later, living in the most advanced country on earth, and religious fundamentalist (Christians this time) are trying to hamstring science because it disagrees with their beliefs. It seems that the religious right, given sufficient power, would send us down the path to scientific and economic futility. Is this not history repeating itself? They say those who don't read history are doomed to repeat it. Perhaps government should require these homeschoolers to cover history lessons not found in the bible.