Intelligent design (ID) has tried to get some pity points from the allegation that they are being persecuted academically. Rather than saying “that’s ridiculous,” I would say that they certainly are being persecuted, but with good reason, and it’s more a matter of eye-rolling boredom. Scientists are rightly disgusted with IDers because they are fed up with an argument that was over several decades ago. They have better things to do.
ID isn’t a brave new idea that is poised to upset the mainstream: it’s just a cowardly old delusion kept alive by unqualified ideologues. Debating IDers is like arguing with illiterates about how to use a semicolon.