ID is not religion. But even if we were to concede falsely that it is, such a characterization is irrelevant to the question of whether it is true.
Far from “a nice clean example” of “gradualistic evolutionary change” that has “no gaps,” the fossil record shows a dramatic discontinuity.
If you deny that probabilities apply to a physical process, you’ve abjured science — you no longer have a scientific theory.
Science goes badly off the track when it succumbs to ideological pressures — as it did with the eugenics movement.
A less class-bound kind of protectiveness was shown to Darwin in the United States by Professor Asa Gray of Harvard University.