Krauze on Telic Thoughts has a nice collection of the responses to New Scientist. I disagree with Krauze on one of the response which said, “To dismiss arguments for ID merely because they have been hijacked by creationists is like dismissing Darwinism because social Darwinism lead to the holocaust.” This is a redherring. ID critics know this is not true as I’ve pointed out in Atheism’s Trojan Horse vs. Creationism’s Trojan Horse.
Why is this tactic important to the Darwinists? Maybe it is because they know that the general public is skeptical of Darwinian evolution, but they are even more skeptical of injecting any religious belief on someone else and on science. If they are successful in branding Intelligent Design as a Christian belief then they would have successfully kill any public support for ID. This is a good tactic because it had worked before with YEC. Why bother dealing with the merits of ID and science when you can mislead the public by hiding the truth.