Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Think Progress reports that one of the featured speakers at "Justice Sunday II," the upcoming telecast in which James Dobson, Tony Perkins et al hope to rally support for "judicial matters of importance to evangelicals," will be Charles Colson, chairman of the creationist Wilberforce Forum and head honcho of Prison Fellowship Ministries. Mr. Colson has lately been quite visible on the chat-show circuit denouncing Mark Felt, who back in the day was better known -- better unknown? -- as Deep Throat:
The principle being taught today in a relativistic environment is getting young people to believe that this is a noble act that he did. He could not have done the right thing. He broke his oath of office. He broke the law. He snuck off cloak-and-dagger style to convey privileged information.It is of course only fair that Mr. Colson should seize the opportunity to pass judgment on Mr. Felt's moral shortcomings, because Mr. Felt's revelations of "privileged information" put Colson in the slammer. Before his prison stretch (during which he wisely opted for a change of careers, entering the fast-growing and highly lucrative field of Christianity), Mr. Colson was chief counsel in the Nixon White House, where his resume included plotting acts -- noble acts, we're sure -- of domestic terrorism against American citizens:
Even by the standards of the Nixon White House, the plan to blow up Washington’s pre-eminent think tank seemed crazy, presidential counselor John W. Dean III recalled here Monday.Supreme Court justices are appointed for life, and in its traditional role of offering advice and consent to Mr. Bush throughout the nomination process, the evangelical community is charged with a weighty responsibility indeed; we should all count ourselves blessed that Mr. Colson is available to share his legal and moral expertise. Just think: if he'd had a chance to help shape the courts thirty-some years ago, he might still have a job in government.
But there was White House aide John Ehrlichman on the phone one day in 1971, telling Dean that “Chuck Colson wants me to firebomb the Brookings (Institution).” Describing the incident Monday to several hundred presidential history junkies at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Dean said he was dumbfounded.
“I said, ‘John, this is absolute insanity,’ ” he remembered. “People could die. This is absurd” . . . .
Dean said Colson floated the idea as a way to retrieve certain documents Nixon wanted that were housed in the research center not far from the White House. Colson suggested that while firefighters were trying to douse the damage caused by a bomb, White House operatives could rush in and seize the papers.
It seemed incredible, but now that he has listened to earlier tapes, Dean said he has heard Nixon “literally pounding on his desk, saying ‘I want that break-in at the Brookings (Institution).’”