Ben Stein is hosting a documentary, supposedly it is going to have the biggest debut of any documentary ever; called Expelled: No intelligence allowed. Here is a brief summery:
"'Expelled' calls attention to the plight of highly credentialed scholars who have been forced out of prestigious academic positions because they proposed Intelligent Design as a possible alternative to Charles Darwin’s 150-year-old theories about the origins of life. Instead of entertaining a debate on the merits of competing theories, the scientific establishment has moved to suppress the ID movement in a “systematic and ruthless” way at odds with America’s founding principles, the film asserts."
I am fine with ‘intelligent design’ being played around with in discussion, or in philosophy classes, but it isn’t science. The “Theory” of intelligent design does not meet any of the requirements necessary to be called a ‘scientific’ theory; it is un-testable, un-empirical, it is merely a philosophical assertion based on the shortcomings of evolutionary theory. If intelligent design qualifies as a scientific theory; then so must astrology.
Intelligent Design is not persecuted because people refuse to give it a title it doesn’t deserve.
This is not to say the scientific community-and higher education-don’t have serous flaws; in many respects, the “science establishment” deserves harsh criticism, but not because it doesn’t accept intelligent design.