It’s because, as Business Week reports, the head of the John Templeton Foundation (JTF), John Templeton, Jr., is a huge backer of Rick Santorum’s campaign. As you probably know, the JTF is a huge backer of science-and-religion accommodationism. The magazine reports:
He and Santorum’s third largest donor, John Templeton Jr., who has contributed $265,000 to the Red White and Blue Fund, have a history of supporting Santorum.
History With Donors
In 2006, as Santorum fought for a Senate re-election that he ultimately lost, Friess gave $250,000 and Templeton gave $630,000 to a group that ran television ads highlighting his efforts on welfare-to-work legislation.
Two years earlier, Templeton included Santorum in a half- hour video that he produced for $150,000 and distributed to churches, mostly in swing-state Ohio. It described the Christian faiths of then-President George W. Bush, Santorum and then- Georgia Senator Zell Miller, a Democrat. Templeton didn’t return phone calls requesting comment.
A former surgeon who lives in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Templeton runs the John Templeton Foundation, a philanthropy that provides grants in the areas of religion, science, economics, and character education. Templeton is the namesake son of a successful mutual fund manager who established the foundation.
Templeton has given at least $1.7 million to candidates and political causes since 2003, largely to the Republican Governors Association and the Republican State Leadership Committee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
But of course money-hungry scientists will just dismiss this as an irrelevant side effect: a mere peccadillo of the Foundation’s boss that doesn’t have anything to do with their science fiefdom. “Our money,” they will say, “is used just to do science, and there are no strings attached.”
How odious does someone have to be before you won’t take their money?