In the late 1990s Irving Kristol and other writers in neoconservative
magazines began touting anti-Darwinist views, in support of intelligent design. Since these
neoconservatives were largely of secular backgrounds, a few commentators
have speculated that this – along with support for religion generally –
may have been a case of a "noble lie", intended to protect public
morality, or even tactical politics, to attract religious supporters.