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The Religious Affiliation of Nixon Administration Insider
From: Amanda Coyne, "This alaskan life: Reading the scientific way" in Anchorage Press, November 27 - December 4, 2002, Vol. 11, Ed. 48 (http://www.anchoragepress.com/archives/document5353.html; viewed 5 July 2005):
There have been lots of famous Christian Scientists - Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Jean Harlow, the Anchorage Daily News' Kay Fanning, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman from the Nixon administration, Val Kilmer, Robert Duvall.
From: "Episode 16: Detente: Interview with John Ehrlichman", part of CNN series on the Cold War, on "The National Security Archive" website (http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/coldwar/interviews/episode-16/ehrlichman1.html; viewed 21 July 2005):
INT [interviewer]: Would you say that you are a religious man in any sense?
From: Bonnie Burke (Brooklyn), "Watergate and Christian Science" in "The Mail" (letters to the editor) in New York Press, Vol 18 - Issue 30 - July 27-Aug 2, 2005 (http://www.nypress.com/14/28/mail/mail5.cfm; viewed 28 July 2005):
JOHN [Ehrlichman]: Well I was much more then than I am now. I was raised a Christian Scientist, and there came a time when I had a kind of crisis in my life - a small one, relatively speaking - I turned back to Christian Science, and it became my way of life. when I went through the Watergate episode I very much relied on Christian Science - got a lot of solace from it, some very good results. when I remarried, my wife was not sympathetic to that, and so I drifted away from it. I don't mean to blame it on her, it was my decision, but the fact is that it's not very much a part of my life now. The rate, the dividend of all of that was that I have some youngsters, some of my children, who are very reliant upon Christian Science, and very definitely religious in their orientation, and it's enriched their lives, and I'm grateful for that.
INT: What exactly is Christian Science?
JOHN [Ehrlichman]: Well Christian Science is a religion which understands that God is good, and that the manifestation of God's goodness is health; and if you are ill, or suffer an injury, that's contrary to God's law - and it's possible to realize a healing, almost instantly, by getting your thinking straight about that situation.
John Strausbaugh [author of a previously published article about Christian Science]: I was born into Christian Science, and attended Principia College for four years... I always found it interesting that several of the Watergate perpetrators were Christian Scientists (Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Bud Krogh, e.g.).
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