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Old 06-22-2009, 02:25 PM
thprop thprop is offline
 
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Exclamation Templeton Foundation

I posted previously that Jerry Coyne refused to appear on BHtv because of the funding by the Templeton Foundation. It appears that the backlash against Templeton is growing -

Coyne - Fighting back against Templeton
PZ Myers - The name “Templeton Foundation” needs to become a mark of failure

We will not see Daniel Dennett, AC Grayling or Richard Dawkins (among others) on BHtv.

Grayling's response to Templeton -
Quote:
Dear Mr Cartlidge
Thank you for your message. I hope you will understand that this is by no means directed at you personally, but I don't engage in Templeton-associated matters. I cannot agree with the Templeton Foundation's project of trying to make religion respectable by conflating it with science; this is like mixing astrology with astronomy or voodoo with medical research, and I disapprove of Templeton's use of its great wealth to bribe compliance with this project. Templeton is to all intents and purposes a propaganda organisation for religious outlooks; it should honestly say so and equally honestly devote its money to prop up the antique superstitions it favours, and not pretend that questions of religion are of the same kind and on the same level as those of science - by which means it persistently seeks to muddy the waters and keep religion credible in lay eyes. It is for this reason I don't take part in Templeton-associated matters.

My good wishes to you -
Anthony Grayling

Professor A. C. Grayling
School of Philosophy
Birkbeck, University of London
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