David Heddle has some fitting words for members of the political ID movement:
News that Cobb County case had been settled, and that the textbook stickers are a thing of the past, made me think of a closing parenthesis. In my mind, and admittedly not in strict concurrence with the actual timeline, the placement of the stickers was the shot across the bow from the Political-Activist Intelligent Design (PAID) movement, and the settlement of the case is the tippy-top of the PAID movement mast disappearing beneath the surface. (Those aren't mixed metaphors, are they? I can't tell.)
I don't have much new to say about the PAID movement. But I thought I would try to restate some old criticisms in graphical form. I'm not sure if the plot succeeds at making my three recurring PAID movement themes: 1) it backfired, big-time 2) it created a cottage industry complete with a cult-like following and leaders with delusions, it would seem, of becoming the White House Science Advisor 3) it was deceptive – it really is about religion – which makes its ends-justify-the-means methods all the more inexcusable.
I think Heddle exaggerates things a bit for effect, but I agree with the gist of his post. Some people thought they could use ID-the-idea as a spearhead for social reform, creating the so-called "ID movement". The goal was a pipedream, as the string of legal defeats have showed, but it gave critics an opportunity to conflate the concept of ID with the movement, drumming up fear among scientists. The Sternberg affair shows how individual careers suffer when their colleagues think they have to squash every ID-friendly expression in the name of Science and Democracy. Had the ID movement not existed, would-be witchhunters would have had to look much harder for things to scare their colleagues with.