Over at DailyKos, Darksyde comments on the motivations of the Kansas creationists (italics mine):
It’s easy to get lost in the scientific or religious discussion, but this isn’t about evolution or science or even religion. It’s just another right-wing funded attack on behalf of the mega-rich, cleverly packaged to appeal to the very working families whose future it will devastate. The real goal is to undermine confidence in public education, maybe ultimately replacing those institutions with privatized versions (No doubt run by a recently acquired subsidiary of Neoconia Inc., suckling at the taxpayer teat). And it’s about eliminating property taxes on sprawling McMansions.
I would add a third motive: to undermine the legitimacy of all science. After all, if geologists, physicists, and biologists are all ‘wrong’, then global warming doesn’t exist.