Adam Shapiro is a science historian who has cast stones at intelligent design in the past, and missed. Back In July 2020 he offered the strange criticism that ID proponents could have redeemed themselves by prejudging with regard to the COVID-19 virus and concluding (in the absence of needed evidence) that it was of natural origins, thus rejecting “the Chinese lab myth.” That critique has not aged well.David Klinghoffer, “Debate: “Is Intelligent Design Advancing?”” at Evolution News and Science Today (March 24, 2022)
Yes, he actually said that: “Proponents could have demonstrated the apolitical nature of their claim if they had debunked the Chinese lab myth using their methods. Instead, they have doubled down against Darwin.” (July 16, 2020)
It’s pretty obvious by now, and has been for some time, that the lab leak theory of the origin of COVID-19 is a very reasonable one. But you can be sure of one thing: It wouldn’t have counted in ID’s favor that ID proponents would refuse to rule out the lab leak theory.