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-- Fox News alert evangelical christianity has lost an influential voice today the death of Charles chuck Colson.
The prison -- the fellowship and Colson center for Christian worldview founder died today at the age of eighty of course he went to prison as a result of his participation in the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration.
But he emerged from that.
And ministered to prisoners and others for the rest of his life.
James Rosen has more.
He was known as Richard Nixon's hatchet man White House special counsel willing to walk over his own grandmother to reelect the president.
But after Watergate and seven months in prison Charles Colson would spend the next four decades.
As one of America's leading Christian missionaries working with the inmates in America's prisons.
I saw the world through the our -- of people who are disadvantaged and marginalized and rejected.
The outcasts of society the untouchables and Marcum went.
Born in Boston in 1931 -- attended Brown University.
Through browns alumni association he would meet E.
Howard Hunt who years later Colson would recruit to the Nixon White House and who would go on to supervise the Watergate break in.
A former marine captain and hard driving lawyer on Capitol Hill.
Colson joined the Nixon White House a special counsel Olson's chief task was to get Richard Nixon reelected.
By identifying and courting blue collar workers ethnics and other voters later -- Reagan Democrats he was a driving force behind the White House enemies list and the infamous plumbers group.
And his role in smearing anti war activist Daniel Ellsberg ultimately landed Colson in prison.
It was the worst for my wife to be indicted because I think so probably easily.
Marine officer and proud to serve my country.
And apply waving patriot.
And I end up in -- courtroom and it's -- it's the United States of America vs -- to vehicles.
-- like a hot night.
-- -- It was in the small town of Weston Massachusetts outside of Boston on the night of August 12 1973.
But -- after visiting a friend who had recently converted to Christ.
Had his own epiphany.
I started -- up the driveway tonight it only got about a hundred yards before I had to pull over and this 6 morning -- and White House action talk.
God was calling sort of good growth and improvement and -- Probably half an hour and is going to win that night maybe an hour.
Talking together for the first time curiously in my life.
Intense skepticism greeted Goldman's announcement of his conversion but in 1976 -- published his first book a memoir of the Nixon years and a testament to Colson is -- -- witnessed born again became a classic of its genre.
Helping to popularize the term used in its title breathing life into the emerging evangelical movement in American society and politics.
Google can to -- -- -- on television.
And then Jimmy Carter was -- to -- -- -- was campaigning for President Clinton.
Hear that same year -- founded prison fellowship.
The ministry started with small groups of twelve inmates some of them violent release from prison for two week furloughs into the custody of Colson and his associates.
-- the thousand inmates we took -- in the -- -- -- in this ministry.
We have got a single incident.
It was a huge success.
Today prison fellowship operates in more than 100 countries.
In 1993 Colson joined Billy Graham's Mother Teresa and Alexander -- -- and as a recipient of the prestigious Templeton prize.
Want to thank.
Chuck Colson and mark -- at the prison fellowship program which is.
I've been hosting and organizing the Angel tree program.
Million boys and girls have received.
-- gift on Christmas and I want to thank you very much.
Colston underwent surgery in March to remove a blood clot on his brain he initially showed signs of recovering but in recent days his condition grew -- the subject of the biography and the children's book Paulson expressed concern about the commercialization of evangelical christianity and his own image.
The worry about the what -- this as a Christian witness and I don't want my witness compared -- Colson was eighty years old.
In Washington James Rosen.
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