March 15, 2012, 11:52 am
We all know about the right-wing slant of such folks as the Koch brothers and are (or should be) duly watchful of anything they underwrite. Groucho Marx once quipped that he wouldn’t want to join any organization whose standards were so low that it would accept him. By the same token, I wouldn’t want to accept funding from any organization whose political orientation—if any—wasn’t clearly marked. When it comes to taking money instead of spending it, caveat emptor becomes (or should become ) caveat recipientis, “let the recipient beware.” More specifically, why should the Kommen Foundation be unique in having its conservative bias unmasked?
In 1972, billionaire investor Sir John Templeton established the Templeton Foundation, best known for bestowing its annual Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, which was intended to fill a “spiritual gap” left by the Nobel…