Scott Adams at The Dilbert Blog, of all the unlikely people, jumps feet first into the Intelligent Design dispute, here and here and here. And Pharyngula takes him to the woodshed. Chris, The Uncredible Hallq, is planning a post on the whole hoohah.
UPDATE: Here's a really smart comment on the Dilbert blog, by "Matt G." An excerpt:
Given that genetic variation occurs at random, it follows that that randomness is necessarily caused or uncaused, and it is precisely here that we leave the realm of science and enter the realm of metaphysics. [Matt's example of "caused randomness": license plates of different states appear on the highway at random, but each driver is there for an unknown reason.] To claim that randomness is planned is to assert Intelligent Design. To claim that randomness is unplanned is to assert Materialism. But neither ID nor Materialism are science. Both ID and Materialism are matters of opinion and faith.
Materialism, a matter of faith, claims that Evolution is unplanned because Materialism maintains that the material world is all there is, excluding any possibility of transcendence. On the other hand, belief in ID claims that the context of Evolution is planning by a superior and transcendent intelligence referred to by most folks as God.
Whenever the theory of Evolution is used to surreptitiously assert Materialism we must necessarily expect those holding a different conviction to assert otherwise. The critical point here is to understand that it is not the process of evolution that is being argued. Both Materialism and ID accept the possibility of evolution. The Materialist and the proponent of ID are arguing context—planned or unplanned—not process.
Evolution has nothing to fear from ID. [. . .] ID doesn’t challenge evolution, ID challenges Materialism. Religion as represented by the ID argument is not in any way opposed to science. Religion is, however, unalterably opposed to Materialism.
And that suggests is that all that needs to be said in science class, if someone raises the God or Not question, is, "Science doesn't go there."