"Charles W. Colson, who as a political saboteur for President Richard M. Nixon masterminded some of the dirty tricks that led to the president’s downfall, then emerged from prison to become an important evangelical leader, saying he had been “born again,” died on Saturday in
He was 80." Falls Church, Va.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Colson, for the young that have not been taught history, was one of the people charged and convicted for the Watergate Scandal of the early 1970’s. He was sentenced in June of 1974 with a fine of $5000, and served seven months for obstruction of justice.
Here’s a quote from the New York Times obituary article:
Notice the scare quotes around born again. Full lazy lying article here.
The NY Times and other obits got it wrong saying he was born again (it’s a real spiritual, scripturally supported personal event, so I’ll skip the scare quotes), in prison. Not only is this lazy, sloppy journalism, but it shows how uninformed “reporters” in the Jurassic Press are about religion.
Colson was converted during a Bible study group before he plead guilty. He was charged after his conversion. He plead guilty and served time, without a plea bargain, as penance because he knew he had done wrong. Getting out of prison, he began his prison ministries, forming Prison Fellowship Ministries. I saw some stats two or three years ago showing inmates that went through Colson’s program had a lower recidivism rate than any other program. In 1993 he formed Justice Fellowship, a criminal justice reform group, based on Christian principles.
Just to prove, once again, the Left\Democrats are not interested in results, but only in ideology, a federal judge (Iowa, 2006) ruled his program, being religiously based, violated the Constitutional separation of Church\State, and the program was killed. First of all there is no such thing in the Constitution. Second, if fewer criminals were returning to prison after release, wouldn’t that be a good thing and worthy of support? Well, no, the State must repress religion to stay in power. Can’t let it get out that Christianity does some good things. More good things than greedy selfish politicians, rules and laws they don’t apply to themselves, and live large on the backs of citizens that actually produce things and ideas. People might see religious people and Christian principles counter balance State hegemony and intrusion into our personal lives and deny us personal liberty. Totalitarians need an enemy to blame their failures on.
Chuck Colson was an honorable man, freed people of their demons, got major changes in the prison and justice systems, and did God’s work for decades. God bless him, his family, and those that changed their lives for the better because of his ministry. RIP
“One of the most wonderful things about being a Christian is that I don’t ever get up in the morning and wonder if what I do matters. I live every day to the fullest because I can live it through Christ and I know no matter what I do today, I’m going to do something to advance the
.” Kingdom of God
~~ Charles Colson