In my opinion, and that of many others, Young Earth Creationism is the most theologically consistent position. Intelligent design is a perspective that includes YEC, but Creationism does not entail the Intelligent Design movement despite the arguments of many naturalistic evolutionists and theistic evolutionists.
So then there is the political element. I don’t really have a lot of interest in this element. I prefer to side-step the issue entirely. Let Caesar take the approach he wants with the public schools. What I advocate for as many people as have the means is home schooling. The public educational system is laced with political manipulation and propaganda. Probably less so out here in the sticks, but more so in the urban areas. But nonetheless, I like the model of home schooling, because it teaches people to be more independent learners. I tend to be a fairly radically independent thinker, or at least I like to think so, and this is the reason I prefer to function in a private practice setting as a psychologist. There are no organizational politics. I am the one who is responsible for the care of my patients…not an organization with organizational philosophies. But enough of politics and the personal stuff for the moment.
When you start with the assumption of an all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present God, all you need is one possible explanation for natural phenomena no matter how improbable it may seem. I remain somewhat uncommitted on how things have actually happened in the history of the world, because humans interpret scripture and humans conduct science. Thus there is a fallibility aspect inherent in all domains of human endeavor. I have a great respect for the Young Earth Creationist position, although I have not completely committed to that position. I’m not sure I’ve yet committed to any of the positions completely, other than the existence of God and the theological basics of Christianity. I’m still learning. But I do have great respect for the YEC position above all others.
Specifically, death and suffering are, in my opinion, given the best explanation by YEC proponents. Although I agree with certain aspects of ID, I do not have as much respect for it as I do for the YEC position. I think the ID position is more easily supported, but I think the YEC position has a greater degree of honesty and theological consistency. There are also possible explanations that are provided by YEC proponents. And for the time being, they are at least, good enough for me.