I was thinking today about how infuriating the "my mind is made up, don't confuse me with facts" approach of creationists is, and it occurred to me that the ID movement may, in the long term, be the best thing that ever happened for spreading the scientific worldview.
Before the intelligent design movement started its nonsense, the religious community and the scientific community lived in a sort of uneasy truce. But then the intelligent design people threw down the gauntlet and tried challenging evolution directly, claiming the science was bad.
Out of this we have seen them beaten in the courts, seen things like Ken Ham's fantasy museum that is so over-the-top-stupid it makes any sensible person cringe, and seen every single argument made against evolution soundly refuted loudly and in public. I have hope that over the long haul the ideas that best fit observed reality will win. Then again, maybe I am giving people too much credit.
What do you folks think?