The argument about whales turns on two points: “Population genetics calculations say no,” and “New fossil find throws the series into disarray.”
The truth is that placing a man in the Monkey House was intended as an education for the public in Darwinian evolution.
See how much malignancy has been justified and advocated by some very smart people in the name of evolutionary theory.
The student, who attends a public university, is worried about how this kind of indoctrination bodes for the future. I am too.
Weighing the validity of ID, not by distorting its conclusions or imputing false intentions to it, is what evolutionary biology has largely refused to do.