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The Religious Affiliation of Nixon Administration Insider
Charles Colson


Charles Colson identifies himself as a born-again Christian. See: Charles W. Colson, Born Again, Chosen Books, Inc: New Jersey (1976).

The precise nature of Colson's denominational affiliation is not entirely clear. He has been identified in a number of sources as a Southern Baptist, but he attends Catholic mass with his wife (a Roman Catholic) and he has also been a strong supporter of "Evangelical Catholicism," a "born-again" movement within the Catholic Church.

Charles Wendell "Chuck" Colson was President Richard Nixon's chief counsel from 1969 to 1973. Colson was known as President Nixon's "hatchet man," and was a principle arranger of some a number of secret "campaign activities" which eventually resulted in Nixon's resignation and a 7-month prison sentence. Colson organized the White House Special Operations Unit (known as the "Plumbers") which broke into psychiatrist Daniel Ellsberg's office in September 1971.

In 1974 Colson pleaded no contest (nolo contendere) to obstruction of justice in the Ellsberg case. A few months prior to issuing his plea, Colson announced his conversion as a "born-again Christian," an announcement which was ridiculed by the editorial writers in the nation's news media, who saw this as a ploy to obtain a lighter sentence.

Since serving his prison term, Colson has been heavily involved in leading Prison Fellowship, a nonprofit organization devoted to prison ministry. He is a public speaker, has written over twenty books, and has worked with Wilberforce Forum, a Christian political and social think tank.

From: Ervin Shaw, "Hatchet-man cuts into the Cross and becomes a convert" webpage, posted 2000 in "Christian Testimonies" section of "The Truth . . . What Is It?" website (http://poptop.hypermart.net/testcc.html; viewed 14 February 2006):

A highly successful political operative's career culminating in being "the White House hatchet man" ...one of President Richard Nixon's key insiders, he and the President saw it all come tumbling down in the early 1970's. This former marine ended up doing time in federal prison because of his role in the Watergate scandal. During that prison time, he pondered his inner self and was enticed by a friend into taking a look at the claims of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Having a legalistic and totally non-naive, highly intellectual inquisitiveness and incisiveness, he was surprised to find himself drawn toward this truth in 1973 as he became a Jesus believer. After his release from prison, Charles "Chuck" Colson has gone on to found (1976) the now international Prison Fellowship Ministries and to use both print and broadcast media (Breakpoint) to give regular commentary about current events from a Christian world-view perspective. Would you trust an "ex con" to tell you the truth? Jesus died on the cross between two thieves after granting the request of one for eternal salvation. He still saves and uses even those who have a terrible past but who come to him in genuine belief. Won't you seriously check out the claims of the Gospel? If the Gospel be true, your decision about Jesus will be the most important decision of your life!

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