The average person reading all the publicity surrounding "intelligent" design might come to the conclusion that the concept is gaining momentum as a scientific concept. Fortunately, few academics are actually buying this snake oil and it seems that not even the core audience for this show is convinced by the ID salesmen.

While intelligent design has hit obstacles among scientists, it has also failed to find a warm embrace at many evangelical Christian colleges. Even at conservative schools, scholars and theologians who were initially excited about intelligent design say they have come to find its arguments unconvincing. They, too, have been greatly swayed by the scientists at their own institutions and elsewhere who have examined intelligent design and found it insufficiently substantiated in comparison to evolution.

Derek Davis, director of the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies at Baylor University, a large Baptist college in the heart of W country, lays out exactly what this "controversy" is all about.

Mr. Davis noted that the advocates of intelligent design claim they are not talking about God or religion. "But they are, and everybody knows they are," Mr. Davis said. "I just think we ought to quit playing games. It’s a religious worldview that’s being advanced."

Of course, the folks advocating for ID to be taught along side real science in K12 and college classrooms are going to leave quietly. But they aren’t helping their case with stupid statements like this.

"The future of intelligent design, as far as I’m concerned, has very little to do with the outcome of the Dover case," Mr. West [a political scientist and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, the main organization supporting intelligent design] said. "The future of intelligent design is tied up with academic endeavors. It rises or falls on the science."

Which means it should be falling fast since there is no science behind "intelligent" design.

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