Keith Burgess-Jackson at AnalPhilosopher has this to say about militant anti-religious atheists and their treatment of ID as a pernicious threat to be kept out of public school classrooms at all costs:
Leftist Hostility to Religion
Michael Ruse, like me, is (1) a philosopher, (2) a Darwinist, (3) an atheist, and (4) a respecter of religion. Militant atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Brian Leiter, who hate religion and despise the religious, are vilifying him for it. See here and here. Leiter calls theists “theocrats,” as if, given the chance, they would impose their religious beliefs on everyone. In fact, it is Leiter and his ilk who would impose their leftist beliefs on everyone. (Read Leiter for a few days. You’ll see what a totalitarian he is.) I am far more concerned about the likes of Dawkins, Dennett, and Leiter acquiring power than I am about Christians (for example) acquiring power.
Addendum: Did you read Leiter’s postÃ¢â‚¬â€the one to which I linked? Notice the implication that Ruse is (now) an outcast. He has been cast out, by Leiter, from the inner circle of militant atheistic Darwinists. This is totalitarian thinking, my friends. Party line; dogma; true believers; false consciousness; vanguard of the proletariat; &c. One must not deviate from the party line! One must show no respect for the enemy! Solidarity! Leiter would make a terrific KGB agent.
Addendum 2: Darwinists like to say that their opposition to teaching design theory in public schools is merely prophylactic. They say they want to keep science and religion distinct. Do you believe that? Leiter and his comrades care less about the integrity of science (and science education) than they do about suppressing religion. The end, in their view, justifies the means.
Addendum 3: The Darwinian legal strategy is pure, unadulterated cynicism: Impugn the motives of those who want design theory taught in public schools. How often have you heard it said that design theory is “really” an attempt to proselytize or indoctrinate impressionable students? But two can play this game. If supporting the teaching of design theory is an attempt to sneak religion into the public schools, why isn’t opposing the teaching of design theory an attempt to suppress or destroy religion? Why are the motives of only one side questionable? And why do we care about motives, anyway? We should focus on design theory itself, not on the motives (or purposes) of those who support or oppose it. Philosophers are taught to focus on reasons, not motives. Leiter seems not to know the difference.
Well said, Keith! You hit the nail on the head!