Thanks to John Connell for a wonderful post about Intelligent Design and a lack of critical thinking on behalf of lawmakers. He writes a wonderful exchange of an inquisitive critical thinking child asking questions about Intelligent Design. I could quote here, but you should read the post in its entirety.
As a science teacher, the misunderstanding of facts and the inability to question and look objectively, critically is something that will not serve society well. We are already demonstrating how our lack of understanding has created problems.