In a word, they are unresponsive.
“Should materialism be enforced, or are we, as scientists, willing to allow an intelligent designer through the door?”
Today the term Lysenkoism applies to any use of government power to enforce scientific orthodoxy.
Think about how this kind of reasoning relates to the intelligent design and evolution debate.
Evolutionists put a lot of effort into studying the small questions while sweeping on to the grand fallacy.