Universal common descent is still in question by the majority of the ID community but not outright refuted (although things appear to be leaning more in that direction). However, the “Blind Watchmaker” thesis (the idea that all organisms have not only descended from a universal common ancestor, but that that the mechanisms of natural selection, random variation and mutation, and perhaps other similarly naturalistic mechanisms, are completely sufficient to account for the appearance of design in living organisms) has garnered enough scientific evidence to reject its theoretical conclusion.
He does not sugarcoat or hide from the potential implications that his theory could point towards, nor does he hide from the philosophical implications surrounding the “blind-watchmaker” thesis. And I would say that their #1 goal is to refute that thesis until Design is a more commonly accepted alternative to publicly acknowledge and review.
The Religion of the Blind Watchmaker
Richard Dawkins has explained the idea of the "blind watchmaker" and its implications for how we view the theory of evolution: "Natural selection is the blind watchmaker, blind because it does not see ahead, does not plan consequences, has no purpose in view" (, 21).
The Watch and the Watchmaker, 1802, William Paley, 196-
He applies the idea that since a designer must have created this stone, this designer must have created other things just like how a watch is created by a watchmaker.