“There is a desire for the theory to be true in spite of the science,” says Cornelius Hunter, “not because of the science.”
Charles Darwin pointed to small changes like finch beak size and peppered moth color as visible evidence of an unguided evolutionary process at work.
Jumping genes used to be dismissed as junk DNA which in turn was held to be slam-dunk evidence for unguided evolutionary processes.
Whether their question was chosen intentionally to inflate the degree of support for “evolution,” I cannot say.
An “engineering theory of evolution” might be one way of expressing what the ID proponents who participated in the CELS event were seeking.