This has already made the rounds of several more highly-trafficked blogs than this one, but hey, never let it be said we ignore the big issues. The John Templeton Foundation — an organization whose agenda it is to make it appear as if there is some attempt within science to validate religion, and has tried to buy the prestige of the Nobel Prize by offering more money than Nobel recipients get (and bragging about it) to any scientist willing to pursue such validation — has published a letter in the Los Angeles Times smacking down the ID movement. If there were any more clear indication needed in the aftermath of Dover that ID is as dead as Vaudeville, this has to be it. Quoth the letter:
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.
Yow! Smack dat ass! In one sentence, VP Pamela Thompson dismisses the whole ID movement as non-scientific and brazenly calls it on its true political motivations.
It’s important to note that a year ago, the Templeton Foundation did ask the ID camp to show them exactly what research was actually going on, in the interest of seeing if grants deserved to be given. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: it turns out no one in ID was actually producing any research to support it. Knock me over with a feather!