Ed on Dispatches from the Culture Wars gets the point across succinctly – the point which ID advocates must get through their heads if they really want to be part of science, and stop being ridiculed for their often-absurd assertions. The post is Interesting Paul Nelson Post, and Ed’s concluding thought sums it up pretty well:
Do the science, and they will come. Show them some actual research that might confirm this idea, and they’ll listen. But short circuit the process with false and exaggerated claims, with empty accusations of unfairness, with dishonest PR campaigns, and you will only get ridiculed. The bottom line for the ID movement is if they want to be taken seriously as an intellectual movement, shut down the PR campaign and get to work. Produce something useful and you’ll be taken seriously. I don’t think it will happen. Hell, I don’t think it can happen. But I know for sure it won’t happen until the whining, the empty rhetoric and the political maneuvering stops and the actual scientific work begins.