The Templeton Foundation Distances Itself from "Intelligent Design"
The Templeton Foundation, the deep pockets people for science and religion studies, says that its stance has been misconstrued on "intelligent design" in letters to the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street journal.
Pamela Thompson, Templeton Foundation spokesperson, says in her letter to the LA Times:
We do not believe that the science underpinning the intelligent-design movement is sound, we do not support research or programs that deny large areas of well-documented scientific knowledge, and the foundation is a nonpolitical entity and does not engage in or support political movements.
The statement is probably overdone a bit. The Templeton Foundation did fund a number of projects and people in the "intelligent design" creationism movement. While early recognition of the depth of worthlessness and the essential political nature of "intelligent design" creationism was probably too much to ask, certainly by mid-2000 these elements should have been clear to granting entities like the Templeton Foundation. Templeton's retreat from IDC, though, only became apparent in 2005.