Chuck Colson has had an interesting life.
During his years as a Nixon goon/lawyer, he wrote the infamous Enemies List, proposed firebombing the Brookings Institution and stealing documents while firefighters put out the fire, and headed up the plan to steal psychiatric files about the Pentagon Papers’ leaker. He is on tape joining in Nixon’s anti-Semitic tirades. For his role in covering up the Watergate scandal, he did 7 months in federal prison. Shortly before being indicted, he found God, and how runs a prison ministry.
Given his experience with the depths to which humanity can sink, I’m intrigued by this comment in a review of The Edge of Evolution by Michael J. Behe.
The New York Times showed Behe’s book the ultimate disrespect by assigning someone who had publicly disagreed with and denounced him to review it: the vehement “anti-theist” Richard Dawkins, of all people.
I could understand if other folks incarcerated in Colson’s minimum security prison thought a bad Times review was the ultimate dis. But Colson’s prison ministry has to take him to harder places than Club Fed, places where the ultimate disrespect involves sharpened toothbrush handles, not to mention other unsavory acts. Heck, you don’t get to prison in the first place for being polite, as Colson’s actions in the Nixon administration make clear.
When a connoisseur of contempt like Colson places you below shanking, prison rape, and blackmail with stolen psychiatric records, you know you’ve arrived. Congratulations to Richard Dawkins.