Ed Brayton has published a blog entry related to Nick Matzke's Panda article which was mentioned at Telic Thoughts. Nick had made the point that the term intelligent design can be traced to the 1989 textbook Pandas and People. Nick argues that this was a response to the 1987 Edwards decision which, in his words, "made creationist terminology difficult to use in textbooks." Of course readers are no doubt aware of all those science textbooks that were loaded with creationist terminology right? Remember all the editing that went on after 1987? Brayton's blog entry titled Crowther's Lies on the Origin of Intelligent Design contains this remark:
This is simply a lie. Nick did not claim that the phrase intelligent design was invented for the first time in late 1987; he said that this was the first time the phrase was "used systematically, defined in a glossary, claimed to be something other than creationism, etc." In other words, it was only after the Edwards ruling that this phrase began to be used by anti-evolutionists as a label for their alternative position, and thus began to be used as the label for their movement.
Intelligent design was defined in a glossary that very few would even know about if it were not for Nick's article. What do people know of off the top of their heads? For one, the fact that William Dembski employed the use of the phrase "intelligent design" frequently during the 90s. I first became aware of the phrase through Dembski not the referenced glossary. So did many others. Dembski authored a book entitled 'Intelligent Design.' It was copywrited in 1999. Behe and Dembski had both published much prior to 1999.
Did Dembski employ the phrase because he coopted it from an obscure glossary? Was there an ongoing conspiracy that is coming out now? Intelligent design was popularized by the likes of Dembski, Behe and others. We've all heard of them Ed but who has even read the glossary item? If you have verifiable information on the Edwards conspiracy please come forward.