Evangelical Christianity lost one of its most beloved and bigoted homophobic and misogynistic voices with the death of Charles W. "Chuck" Colson, a Watergate felon who converted to "evangelicalism" but never lost his taste for dirty political tricks against opponents.
Colson was a vocal far right leader who tried to fill my late father's religious right leadership (Francis Schaeffer) shoes by borrowing material from his books, even repeating one of Dad's book titles as if he (Colson) was writing a sequel.
Colson had his "books" ghost written by Harold Fickett and other writers, some of whom like Fickett (who I worked with closely many years ago) used to complain to me almost daily about what an egomaniac Colson was to work for and how he did all he could to hide the fact that his work was written by others while rarely sharing credit.
Colson teamed up with far right Roman Catholic activist Professor Robert George of Princeton to launch the dirty tricks campaign to brand President Obama as "anti-religious" with Colson's and George's "Manhattan Declaration."
It was a neat trick in the mold of the Nixon "method" Write a declaration, get 250 leaders to sign it then use Fox News etc to promote it "grass roots" then come back and use the fact that it's been signed off on by the pro-life movement as "proof" that the president is out of step with religious freedom! It was the sort of dirty trick Colson was master of............