i'm going to have to say NO FUCKING WAY! listen, these same kids can get all the access to this information either online or at church. a public sanctioned class that would be nothing other than teaching the flaws in evolution is both unconstitutional and dangersous. and that's exactly what they'd be doing, since the Creation myth doesn't take all that long to explain.
but again, they already have a forum for teaching their kids this. there's probably 20 of them per square mile in Alabama. what this will do is encourage non-church going students to go, b/c their friends are going. it's already hard enough to try to teach evolution to these kids b/c of the brainwashing the church does.
the way in which GOP legislature is attempting to skirt the edge of the Constituion through secular language and optional status is interesting. they're learning. you can't attack secularism head on, so they pull flanking maneuvers, such as "teach the controversy". do they even pass normal legislation anymore, b/c all i hear about are ways to get religion thrust into the public sector? seriously - personhood laws, gay marriage, school prayer, public committe prayer, bullying laws favoring the religious, birth control, abortion - where does it stop?
i believe there is a connection between the rise of these issues with the death of the churches. the religious right has been trying for this for 20+ years, but now, today's GOP has become a vessell through which the Evangelicals, Catholics, etal can enact actual law. they got their window, and they're using the hell out of it. they are desparate. their congregations are dwindling. their youth have abanded them. what we are seeing is the death throw of an increasingly paranoid organization.
and i can safely include all of the religious in this country as an organization. through necessity, they are banding together. what else would drive Evangelicals and Catholics together, if not desparation. these groups have hated each other, but are now allies. there is safety in numbers, and if they don't have the numbers in their own groups they will combine to get some of their lost power back.