Still, the invigorating feeling of being read is tempered by frustration over, well, a single strand of commentary that refuses to die. No, I don't think there is anything to be gained by engaging "intelligent design" as if it contained the flawed beginnings of a legitimate science. Herewith a philosophically and religiously influenced explanation.
First, some pragmatic philosophy. Hanlon's razor may be the only rule you'll ever need: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. In other words, never assume malice when stupidity will suffice. Truer words no educational administrator ever uttered.
To me, Hanlon's razor has at least one very important implication that I've never seen discussed with any degree of care. If stupidity is in fact the modal state of humanity, then outright malice deserves extremely careful scrutiny when it happens. In this instance, at least, rarity suggests virulence.
For this reason I divide opponents of evolution into two camps: creationist sheep and "ID" goats. I'm sorry, Jason Harrow, I'd much rather deal with a young earth creationist than a proponent of "intelligent design." The former is merely stupid; the latter should know better and is acting maliciously.
If you believe the world is six to ten thousand years old and came together in 144 hours, you probably deserve some measure of pity. Forgive them, father; they know not what they do. Fun with rocks, a trip down the Grand Canyon, serious zoo time -- these remedies are the beginning of wisdom. I'm sure it'd be fun enlightening the masses who believe that Joan of Arc was Noah's wife, as if death by fire were so readily confused with salvation from water.
But if you pretend to speak the language of science and hide behind academic credentials in order to deceive school boards, judges, and parent/teacher associations, you are a deliberate enemy of the truth. There's a four-letter word for you. I'll let the pictures do the talking.
In other words, what separates creationist sheep from "ID" goats is the difference between garden-variety negligence and intentional tortiousness. Every dog knows the difference between being stumbled over and being kicked. There's even a Supreme Court case that hinges entirely on the difference between the "really stupid" and the "really mean." Justice Tyler barked the opinion of the Court. Really stupid people can and should be taught. Really mean people should be ostracized.
And now a little dose of religion. The sheep-and-goat metaphor comes from one of the parables of Jesus. See Matthew 25:31-46. Sheep are saved; goats are damned. Verse 40 is especially revealing: "And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'" It really is amazing how "the political church" has done all within its power to render Christianity irrelevant after birth and before death. We get a steady diet of talk about abortion, gay marriage, and creationist claptrap, while war, famine, pestilence, and death ride the planet. Ye generation of vipers.