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03/19/2012

Today in responsibility-shirking spin: Accurately noting Chuck Colson's own words = threats against his life

by Jeremy Hooper

As his GLAAD CAP profile notes, Chuck Colson has likened the American Psychological Association to Nazi Germany (because they stood Colsonagainst so-called "ex-gay therapy), compared heartbroken protesters who took the streets against Prop 8 to both Bull Conner and "Nazi thugs," has used flawed and dates research to say that homosexuality is more dangerous than smoking (against the researchers' own statements), compared being gay to jumping off a 10-story building, and has claimed that open military service will lead to more deaths. And if Chuck wants to challenge me, I can grow this list considerably.

But of course like everyone else who GLAAD is asking be held accountable for what they themselves have put on the record, Chuck Colson is the "victim." In fact, he's directly comparing the GLAAD CAP project to threats against his life:

When I was going through Watergate, my life was threatened repeatedly. And in the early years of my ministry with Prison Fellowship, the authorities had to monitor various individuals who had made threats against me.

In 1983 on my way to Prison Fellowship International’s convocation in Belfast, Northern Ireland, I learned at a press conference that I had been placed on the hit list of the Irish Republican Army. The IRA was threatened by the work of Prison Fellowship there, because we were reconciling Catholic and Protestant prisoners in the midst of a very hot war euphemistically called “the Troubles.”

In fact, when Patty and I arrived in Belfast, we were accorded special protection.

So I am no stranger to hit lists and threats.

KEEP READING: Making the List [Chuck Colson's Breakpoint]

But also like everyone else, Chuck never once addresses the words -- HIS OWN WORDS! -- that got him on the list. He just throws around those tired claims of "silencing," even though everyone on our side is seeking to amplify the conversation, not mute it.

Oh, and it's pretty damn rich to have the man who is quite literally responsible for Nixon's so-called enemies list accusing others of making "hit lists." Rich, yet intellectually bankrupt.

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