As Michael Behe notes, evolution is a “peculiar theory” all right and not surprisingly produces peculiar behavior from its proponents.
Evolution is all, or almost all, evolution by destruction. Michael Behe gives the analogy of a bridge separating you from an invading group of enemies.
The signers of the Dissent list have all risked their careers or reputations in signing. Such is the power of groupthink.
The idea that scientists are like tribal elders, to be respected and never questioned, much less smirked at (God forbid), is one possible perspective.
Kevin Williamson deploys an absurd reductionist construct of the ID field as consisting of ideological assertions by “lawyers” and “amateurs.”