My lecturer stated that Intelligent Design is a non-scientific, religious idea. I'm surprised by this. He said all ID supporters are religious, and nobody truly scientific supports it. Is this true? Are there any non-religious organisations or universities which support ID? I'd love to challenge him with one.
I have to admit that I have not heard of any non-religious or scientific organizations who support Intelligent Design. To this point, I think that ID has simply been used by those who wish to satisfy both religious groups and scientists alike.
To the best of my knowledge, there are no non-religious institutions promulgating Intelligent Design. There are some scientists who are trying to use it to reconcile science with personal belief, but at this point the scientific establishment does not recognize ID as a valid scientific phenomenon.
This is an excellent question. I'm not aware of any, but I'd be interested to hear if there are any. I suspect that your professor is correct. I do know that Michael Behe, one of the leading proponents of intelligent design, has essentially been ostracized by his own department, who have a statement on their web page distancing themselves from his ideas:
(continued) So... basically, no, there aren't any scientific organisations that promote Intelligent Design because ID theory is not scientific and does not survive basic scientific inquiry. All reasonably qualified biologists can see the huge, impossible holes in ID theory.
Also, nearly all scientists are aware of the behaviour of ID promoters and are extremely angry that the general public are being repeatedly, cynically and deliberately lied to by people who claim to be devout followers of Jesus.
Up to now there have been no scientific articles submitted for peer-review concerning Intelligent Design. The peer-review process is the heart of scientific study. If you have something new and scientific, you must publish it so that other scientists can test it and check it. This is absolutely standard.
Intelligent Design proponents are welcome to submit their work for peer review. They choose not to. Despite their constant insistence that their work is scientific, they absolutely refuse to expose their ideas to scientific scrutiny. Intelligent Design is a scientific fraud and has been ruled as such in court. It is not science, and the people who promote Intelligent Design are well aware of that fact. And they are liars, because they claim they are scientists to the general public, but they completely avoid submitting their work for standard scientific checks.