The problem I have with intelligent design is it attributes life on this planet to some "being" who designed it, rather than offer a simple, elegant, and logical explanation that has weight of physical evidence (fossil record and DNA for eg.) to support it.
In essence ID adds more, untestable, complexity to the argument. You cannot apply scientific method to a "god" or some unobservable omnipotent being.
A couple years ago I read an artcle linked from here that warned of the gap between the advancement of science and the scientific knowledge of the average joe in Western democracies. After awhile science becomes FM: Fucking Magic.