As an historian, I understand fully that new or ignored information can have a massive impact on the interpretation of an historical event. The historiography of Reconstruction, from the early 20th century interpretations to today, is an excellent example of how our understanding can change. When it comes to scientific interpretations, I see it in a similar fashion. But what Rachel Maddow talked about on her show last night, this assualt on things like the Theory of Relativity or evolution from the right, seems to be more focused on the notion that if it challenges fundamentalist Christian principles, then it represents a liberal conspiracy. Check this out.