...[Intelligent Design] is an entirely American phenomenon -- really, an outgrowth of American folk religiosity. You can find a scattered few I.D. followers in other countries, but I.D. is not a public or pedagogic issue anywhere but in the U.S.A. People in other countries are just baffled by it; scientists in other countries just shake their heads sadly. This is not the case with any scientific theory that I am aware of. Real science is international. The presence of a strongly national coloring is, in fact, a pretty good marker of pseudoscience. Compare, for example, the "Soviet science" (Lysenkoism, Marrism, etc.) of Stalin.While I, personally, am not as sanguine about all of the effects of American folk religiosity as Mr. Derbyshire is, I think his entire post is well worth reading, as are many of the other things he writes.
There is nothing wrong with folk religiosity, of course. I personally regard it as a strengthening and cohesive force in the national life, and in the conservative movement. I am happy about American folk religiosity, and regard it with cheerful approval. But-- It. Is. Not. Science.
Related item: ordained Dominican priest (and dual Ph.D. biologist and theologian) Francisco Ayala has some thoughts on I.D., elucidated in this entry at Mark A.R. Kleiman's blog.