You probably know of the recent death of Charles Colson at the age of 80. Wikipedia reminds us that Colson was: “a former Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon from 1969 to 1973 and later a noted Evangelical Christian leader and cultural commentator.” They also say:
Once known as President Nixon’s “hatchet man,” Colson gained notoriety at the height of the Watergate affair for being named as one of the Watergate Seven, and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice… and the following year served seven months in the federal Maxwell Prison in Alabama as the first member of the Nixon administration to be incarcerated for Watergate-related charges.
Watergate is far beyond the concerns of this humble blog, but because Colson went on to other things and became a creationist, we’ve written about him a few times. In this post, Two More Reviews for “Signature in the Cell”, we discussed his favorable review of Signature in the Cell by Stephen C. Meyer. Meyer is a vice president of the Discovery Institute. And we discussed something really strange Colson wrote in this post: Chuck Colson, Darwin, Dickens, & Watergate.
We thought we knew all we needed to know about Colson, but until today we didn’t realize how close he was to the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
At the Discoveroids’ blog there’s a post by Bruce Chapman, whom we affectionately call “Chappy.” He’s the founder and president of the Discovery Institute. Chappy’s position makes him Lord High Keeper of the Discoveroids’ Wedge strategy, and the ultimate leader of all Discoveroids.
Chappy’s article is Chuck Colson, Social Conservative Statesman. It’s rare that we learn anything from Chappy, but this new post of his is an exception. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
We will remember a number of personal visits and behind-the-scenes conferences where he explained to potential donors why the scientific understanding of reality can either distort culture and policy, as is happening now, or illuminate it. He was able to argue a critique of Darwinism and advocate intelligent design in regions where Discovery Institute otherwise had little reach. In a couple of heated instances, he bravely stood up to those who wanted to elide the issue of evolution and design and defended his friends at Discovery.
Colson was a behind-the-scenes Discoveroid! Who knew? Chappy continues with a few quotes from Colson’s articles at Colson’s own blog, BreakPoint. Chappy’s quotes are footnoted, so you can go to the source and read Colson’s essays in their entirety. Here are two of Chappy’s favorites:
Amid a firestorm of criticism and abuse from committed Darwinists, the intelligent design movement continues to press forward, gaining scientific credibility and even grudging respect from some evolutionists.
And one more:
Ironically, it’s the anti-intelligent design forces that are fully committed to a religious dogma — a dogma whose foundation is starting to show dangerous cracks.
So there you are, dear reader. Colson is gone now, and somehow the Discoveroids will have to carry on without him. As will we all.
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