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A Great Leader Remembered and Honored

Chuck Colson, 2008 - Photo Credit: Creative Commons - ccopix

Tomorrow is a public memorial service for Watergate figure and prisoner-rights advocate Chuck Colson.

Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote that’s featured today on CNN iReport.


There are two things that well-mannered, civil individuals are never to bring up in mixed conversation – politics and religion.

Former White House aide, convicted felon and founder of the non-profit Prison Fellowship, Charles (Chuck) Colson, apparently missed that particular Miss Manners’ lesson and created a legacy that masterfully blended those seemingly antithetic topics.

Colson’s legacy and life will be honored during a public memorial service scheduled for 10 a.m. at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 16th – the public will be welcomed and seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

It’s expected to be a standing-room-only event to commemorate the life of the 80-year old Marine Captain who died on April 21st from a brain hemorrhage.

He was interred shortly thereafter at the Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia during a private service for family and close friends.

While not in attendance at the graveside service, John Stonestreet was one of those friends.

He worked closely with Colson during the past several years as a speaker and author for The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

Stonestreet is also the voice of the daily radio commentary segment, The Point and co-host of Breakpoint this Week.

He says there’s little doubt regarding the most enduring aspect of Colson’s life.

“His greatest legacy will be his work in the prisons, which has absolutely no parallel anywhere else,” said Stonestreet. “Chuck not only impacted millions and millions of lives of prisoners that often go unnoticed once they are incarcerated, he regained a credibility that allowed him to speak to the moral and spiritual issues facing this country.”

Stonestreet alludes to the credibility lost following Colson’s guilty plea and conviction during the 1970’s on a felony obstruction of justice charge while serving as a White House aide, tangential to the Watergate affair, which ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Prior to his seven-month incarceration at an Alabama prison, Colson became a committed Christian, which Stonestreet asserts enabled Colson to blend politics and religious belief for the betterment of others.

To read the rest of the article, please click this link to CNN iReport.

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  1. I loved Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint commentary. His writing style as well as the content was compelling and inspiring. He will be missed. Great tribute, Tor!

  2. If Nixon’s “Hatchet Man” can get a second chance, then anybody can. That, perhaps even more than his prison work, is Colson’s most enduring legacy for me.

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