The courts almost certainly won't allow it, of course, but the ensuing debate could once again lead some religionists to believe their views are not being fairly represented. One statement in particular by Rep. Thompson caught my attention: the Columbus Dispatch reported him as saying that he thinks “it would be good for [students] to consider the perspectives of people of faith. That's legitimate.”
To many, this will seem only fair. After all, leaving out the perspectives of some people because of their religious beliefs is discriminatory, isn't it? But that's not what is going on in science teaching. The perspectives of people of faith are not left out provided they are scientific perspectives. For instance, the scientific views of such religious scientists as Kenneth Miller and Francis Collins are perfectly admissible in the classroom. But that's not what Rep. Thompson means; he wants the unscientific views of people of faith to be taught. And that's as inadmissible as teaching the unscientific views of anyone – theist or atheist – in a science class.
The article in The Plain Dealer is here.