One of the reasons I don't take grandiose statements about how "many scientists reject intelligent design" seriously is because the average scientist has no clue as to what intelligent design is about, having only read some anti-ID editorials in the journals they subscribe to. A perfect example is provided by James L. Powell, professor of geology and the former director and president of the L.A. County Museum of Natural History. In a video urging scientists to tell the public what's what regarding intelligent design, he makes this… ahem, incisive argument against intelligent design (HT: Paul Nelson):
We have to say that if creationism is right and if there is an intelligent designer, then almost everything else we know about science is wrong. Then your flu vaccine wouldn't work, your car wouldn't start, there was no Hiroshima, and on and on and on.
Apparently saying this to the public is enough – you don't have to actually provide any evidence for it.
The video, which I've put below the fold, also contains a clip with David Deamer, recipient of NASA "Origin of Life" grant, complaining that politicians have ignored petitions signed by "large numbers of Nobel Laureates". He might be thinking of this petition, the pretentiousness of which was only surpassed by its cluelessness regarding evolution and intelligent design. By all means, let's get more scientists to speak out like this. That'll improve the image of science for sure!