The Dominionist Con: Chuck Colson
The Washington Post featured a scary article today about Charles Colson, the Nixon-era hatchet-man turned Religious Right commanding general.
Colson, the newspaper says, is quietly training a cadre of fundamentalist true believers who will take their “biblical worldview” into every area of life, including American politics.
“They are called Centurions, a name that conjures battle-hardened Roman soldiers,” the article reports. “They number 640, and their marching orders from their commander are clear — to expand Christ’s kingdom.”
Says the 79-year-old Colson, “What this country needs is a movement.” (And we thought the Religious Right – sadly – has been filling that niche since 1980.)
One of Colson’s colleagues explained the goal. Chip Mahon, a retired financial services executive who sits on the board of BreakPoint, the umbrella group for Colson’s various ministries, told The Post, “The point was to get more people to be like Chuck.”
Personally speaking – and with all due respect – I don’t want more people to “be like Chuck.”
The Post said Colson “doesn’t usually sound strident when he talks about hot-button social issues and is viewed more as the wise grandfather of the religious right.”
Maybe The Post isn’t paying close enough attention.
As my colleague Sandhya Bathija reported last year, this is a man with a hard-right theocratic agenda.