that of course goes into the broader discussion of the existence of God, or a superior being.
It's interesting how the religious groups twist things, basically they are walking away from the argument about God's existence, but obviously, if you believe the God exists you also believe he created life, and if you believe that life was "intelligently" designed then you believe in God, although maybe you don't call him God.
It's also interesting how the religious groups always attribute divine origin to anything they don't have an explanation for.
The fact we don't know an answer doesn't mean the answer doesn't exist, we just don't know it, and there always will be answer we don't know.
2000 years ago, they didn't know why lighting happened, it was God's weapon or however they called it, today it would be ridiculous to say that.
God, as defined by religions does not make sense to me, from a logical point of view, and I expect someone to tell me that not everything is logic, and my answer is what the fuck? Everything follows the rules of logic, one way or the other, everything happens for a reason, even if we don't know what that reason is (and it's not necessarily a superior power).
The first question I would ask to those creationist is what they understand as "intelligent", intelligent as in human intelligence? or some other type of intelligence?
If life was intelligently designed, why is it so imperfect? and don't come with the bullshit that God is testing us blah, blah. It does not make any sense, if God is perfect, why would he want to test us? is he playing with us? That's the biggest contradiction in religions, God does everything, knows everything, and yet we (his creation) can commit sin, freewill blah blah, just doesn't make any sense.
Aristotle noted that, there is a contradiction between perfection (of God) and love and freewill. If God is perfect he cannot love us, the same way we don't love ants. If God controls everything they he controls our wills, or does he control everything BUT our wills? then he is not almighty, just near.
Anyway, all that is to say that I think that theory is bullshit, and are the american politicians surprise by the low level of scientific research and development in the US?, here you have a good reason for that. Making people stupid is good to dominate and control them, but not good if you want to get a knowledge based society, they can't have it both ways.