My opinion is that most people believe in intelligent design as a reasonable explanation of the universe, and this belief is entirely compatible with science. So it is unwise for scientists to make a big fight against the idea of intelligent design. The fight should be only for the freedom of teachers to teach science as they see fit, independent of political or religious control. It should be a fight for intellectual freedom, not a fight for science against religion.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Teachers – at least in American public schools – don’t have the freedom to “teach science as they see fit”. They are mandated – as public servants – to teach science as the mainstream of the scientific community sees fit. Teachers in public schools don’t get to choose what is scientific. And that’s why claims that ID is an issue regarding a “fight for intellectual freedom” are completely bogus. Appeals to academic freedom only apply to tertiary level educators.