I was at a cocktail hour last night with the NECSS* speakers when the Washington Post alerted me via email that Chuck Colson had died at the age of 80. A ruthless scumbag known as “the hatchet man” in the Nixon administration, he was the first of that cabal to serve jail time for his role in the Watergate scandal. Before he went to prison, however, he found Jesus (why is that fucker always hiding? why, it’s almost like he doesn’t even exist…). After his release, Colson started a prison ministry that enriched him on the taxpayer dime: bribing captive prisoners with special privileges, better food, and superior treatment for submitting to his Christian indoctrination program.
Colson also focused on “Christian worldview” teaching and training for the evangelical community, wherein he espoused the noxious and ignorant beliefs of typical evangelicals, such as the evils of homosexuality and Darwin’s theory of evolution. He was also a key adviser to George W. Bush during his presidency, and Karl Rove gives him glowing accolades in an obituary in Christianity Today. Great company he kept.
In short, a hateful man who committed his life to spreading a toxic ideology has died. While our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends, there will be no tears shed for Chuck Colson at the Palace today.
*This conference is amazing, and I hope to write more about it later.