The Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun has published an outstanding article by Eric Baerren that says the proponents of Intelligent Design are trying to compare apples to oranges. Here's a quote:
This really is an issue of fruit.
In one hand, you've got an orange (evolution). In the other, you've got an apple (Intelligent Design).
If you engage in a broad discussion about fruit (why we exist), it's proper to weigh the two. If you're talking about citrus fruits (science), you steer clear of apples.
Why? The apple isn't a citrus fruit. It's a fine fruit - it's kept many a doctor away, and knowledge of how to pie it made mom all-American - it's just not a member of the citrus family.
The president, however, looked at both and said, "I think this apple just might be citrus fruit."
That, however, isn't the best quote in the article. Here's the best:
If the president really thinks Intelligent Design is science, however, he's a buffoon. His own science adviser panned the idea earlier this year, and the president could get the world's top scientific minds on the phone if he wanted a second opinion. The president's word carries a lot of weight, and it's reasonable to expect that he'd educate himself a little before throwing his weight behind an issue.