Accepting 'intelligent design' in science classrooms would have disastrous consequencesOf course, it does have very bad consequences for science education in the U.S. and therefore science in the U.S. But it is also another demonstration of the insidious way in which religious fanatics (choose any/all religions here) are polarising our world. The (our?) leaders are not only failing to fight this, but, as the article points out, actively promoting it.
When you see developments like these, it makes you wonder what the long term consequences are for faith schools in the U.K.
Promoting one group's ideology as fact or even theory is not just bad for science, it is bad for tolerance, mutual respect and humanity in general.