On another blog, I read someone commenting about ID proponents demanding respect and claiming that anyone or any group that deserves respect already has it and that anyone demanding respect deserves only ridicule. This writer also wonders why these people are allowed a forum at all.
They are allowed a forum because if people judge their ideas ridiculous without hearing them, they become suppressors. Unfortunately, it has proven necessary in history for groups worthy of respect to demand it. They were otherwise being marginalized and not heard out. The ID crowd is not such a group. But if we denied them the opportunity to make their case, they could rightly say that it was just an attempt to silence them.