Religious fundamentalism is a disease.
Most people would agree that religious fundamentalists, either by direct action or influence, caused the devastation of 9/11.
What most people don't seem to agree on, or even realize, is that the exact same type of religious fundamentalists aren't just out there in 'backwards middle eastern (third world) countries', but are at home in the United States, screwing up the fundamentals of science and the workings of politics.
The whole debate about evolution verse creationism seems utterly ridiculous. Take the following quote from the New York Times:
"These findings set the United States apart from all other industrialized nations, said Dr. Jon Miller, director of the Center for Biomedical Communications at Northwestern University, who has studied public attitudes toward science. Americans, he said, have been evenly divided for years on the question of evolution, with about 45 percent accepting it, 45 percent rejecting it and the rest undecided.
In other industrialized countries, Dr. Miller said, 80 percent or more typically accept evolution, most of the others say they are not sure and very few people reject the idea outright."
1 out of every 2 Americans believes that evolution is wrong? I'm from Canada, this isn't something you can even argue about. Evolution is taught as fact and accepted as such. However, it's not preached. Evolution is defended with scientific principle; presented as a theory for analysis and debate, and then legitimized with experimental results confirming scientific predictions. Creationism, on the other hand, is an unsubstantiated, unproven, likely unprovable, crackpot theory based on thousands year old conjecture arising from a fundamental misunderstanding of the way things work.
So what's the point?
The progress of society. These 'fundamental creationists' and those that champion their cause are trying to plunge us back into the dark ages and are using the most vile means to do so: the minds of children. It all reminds me of 1984, where the dejected, overworked, disillusioned Winston Smith would watch the masses of brainwashed children singing propaganda songs about the homeland on his train rides home.