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  • Task force recommends how to cut US prisoner count by 60,000

    01/26/2016 12:24:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 26, 2016 2:46 PM EST | Eric Tucker
    The Justice Department should limit the types of cases it brings and more nonviolent criminals should be steered toward probation and away from prison, according to task force recommendations designed to cut the federal inmate count and save more than $5 billion. [...] The recommendations from the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections provide concrete steps prosecutors, judges, prison officials and policymakers can take to reduce prison overcrowding and ease spending on a corrections system that's swelled in the last three decades as a result of harsh mandatory minimum sentences imposed on drug criminals. ...
  • Is Eric Metaxas the next Chuck Colson?

    10/22/2015 8:21:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/29/2013 | By Sarah Pulliam Bailey| Religion News Service
    Before evangelical leader Chuck Colson fell ill at a conference, crumbling at the podium and later dying at the hospital, it was Eric Metaxas who introduced him. At the time, Metaxas seemed primed and ready to become the next Colson — a key leader in the evangelical movement, known for his prison ministry, but also credited with keeping Christians engaged in politics and culture through books, radio and other outlets. Metaxas took over some of Colson’s roles, including co-host of BreakPoint, a radio show Metaxas wrote for in the late ‘90s. He took Colson’s place on the board of the...
  • Watergate Figure, Christian Leader Chuck Colson Dead at 80

    04/21/2012 3:23:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    WTVR ^ | April 21, 2012 | Nick Dutton
    Chuck Colson, a Watergate-era “hatchet man” for President Richard Nixon who became an influential evangelical leader after serving time in prison, died Saturday afternoon, according to his website. He was 80. Colson suffered a brain hemorrhage in late March. Colson was the first Nixon aide to be convicted of Watergate-related charges in the 1972 scandal. After a short prison sentence, he reinvented himself as a Christian leader and founded Prison Fellowship, which calls itself “the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families,” with a presence in 113 countries. According to his official biography, Colson “admits he was guilty...
  • Chuck Colson Dead at Age 80

    04/21/2012 4:26:55 PM PDT · by sreastman · 16 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/21/2012 |
    Chuck Colson Dead at Age 80 FaithIssues Evangelical Christianity lost one of its most eloquent and influential voices today with the death of Charles W. "Chuck" Colson. The Prison Fellowship and Colson Center for Christian Worldview founder died at 3:12 PM ET today at the age of 80. After a brief illness, Colson passed away at a Northern Virginia hospital with his wife, Patty, and family at his bedside. On March 30th, Colson became ill while speaking at a Colson Center for Christian Worldview conference in Lansdowne. The following morning he had surgery to remove a pool of clotted blood...
  • Chuck Colson: Prison Rate Up Due to Moral Breakdown

    12/05/2010 9:28:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/05/2010 | Katherin T. Phan
    The growing crime and incarceration rates are the consequences of a lack of moral training in society today, said Watergate-convict-turned-Christian-evangelical-leader Chuck Colson. When Colson was serving time in prison in the mid-1970s, there were 239,000 incarcerated individuals. Now, that figure had increased ten-fold to a staggering 2.3 million people. During an interview hosted by The King's College Friday, Colson contended that prisons in the United States have become bigger over the years because there is a lack of moral training and education, not because there are more bad people in society. "The moral breakdown in our society is the real...
  • Christian leaders issue 'call of conscience' ( Manhattan Declaration )

    11/23/2009 6:10:57 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies · 1,222+ views
    More than 150 Christian leaders, most of them conservative evangelicals and traditionalist Roman Catholics, issued a joint declaration Friday reaffirming their opposition to abortion and gay marriage and pledging to protect religious freedoms. The 4,700-word document, called "The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience," sounds familiar themes from political and social debates over the health care overhaul and gay marriage battles. While acknowledging that "Christians and our institutions have too often scandalously failed to uphold the institution of marriage," the group rejects same-sex marriage. The declaration states that opening a legal door for gay marriage would do the same...
  • Religious Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience if Laws Don’t Respect Faith

    11/22/2009 3:08:18 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 129 replies · 4,632+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Nov 21, 2009
    A formidable coalition of 150 Catholic, Orthodox and evangelical leaders are calling on Christians in a new manifesto to reject secular authority – and even engage in civil disobedience – if laws force them to accept abortion, same-sex marriage and other ideas that betray their religious beliefs. On Friday, these leaders released a 4,700-word document – called the "The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience." The document was signed by leaders ranging from evangelical leader Chuck Colson to two of the leading Catholic prelates in the U.S., Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. and Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New...
  • Christian Leaders Take Issue With Laws (misleading headline)

    11/21/2009 1:26:06 PM PST · by khnyny · 30 replies · 1,515+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2009 | Michelle Boorstein and Hamil R. Harris
    Conservative Christian leaders unveiled a declaration Friday calling on Christians not to comply with rules and laws forcing them to accept abortion, same-sex marriage and other ideals that go against their religious doctrines. The declaration urges Christians to practice civil disobedience to defend their convictions, even though some signers of the document backed away from the strong language. The Catholic Archbishop of Washington, Donald W. Wuerl, was among the first signers of the Manhattan Declaration. He appeared at a news conference in the District on Friday to announce it, even as the Church was considering a city-proposed compromise on its...
  • Religious leaders vow civil disobedience on anti-life issues

    11/21/2009 8:55:31 AM PST · by FromLori · 8 replies · 937+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/21/09 | Julia Duin
    More than 150 leaders across a spectrum of conservative Christianity on Friday released a 4,700-word document vowing civil disobedience if they are forced to take part in "anti-life acts" or bless gay marriages. Called the "Manhattan Declaration," the six-page, single-spaced document was drafted by Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson, an evangelical, and Princeton University professor Robert P. George, a Roman Catholic, and included a bevy of Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox bishops, archbishops and cardinals as signatories along with dozens of clergy and laity.
  • Religious leaders vow civil disobedience

    11/21/2009 5:12:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 133 replies · 4,196+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/21/2009 | Julia Duin
    More than 150 leaders across a spectrum of conservative Christianity on Friday released a 4,700-word document vowing civil disobedience if they are forced to take part in "anti-life acts" or bless gay marriages. Called the "Manhattan Declaration," the six-page, single-spaced document was drafted by Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson, an evangelical, and Princeton University professor Robert P. George, a Roman Catholic, and included a bevy of Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox bishops, archbishops and cardinals as signatories along with dozens of clergy and laity. Archbishop of Washington Donald W. Wuerl is one of the signatories. "Throughout the centuries, Christianity has taught...
  • Chuck Colson: Survival of the Fittest - The Abortion Movement Shows Its True Colors

    04/17/2009 2:30:42 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 26 replies · 1,130+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 4/17/09 | Chuck Colson
    The story is heartbreaking. A woman showed up at an abortion clinic “in flip-flops and in tears,” having walked for an hour to have her fourth child aborted after her boyfriend lost his job. “‘This was a desired pregnancy—she’d been getting prenatal care—but they re-evaluated expenses and decided not to continue,’ said Dr. Pratima Grupta,” in the Associated Press report. Yes, it’s a heartbreaking story. But columnist Bonnie Erbe sees it quite differently. “In the long run,” she asks, “can we agree that this unwed couple’s decision not to bring a fourth child into the world when they are having...
  • The Proper Role of Science

    01/29/2009 2:04:50 PM PST · by Sopater · 113 replies · 1,067+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 1/29/2009 | Chuck Colson
    Exposing ScientismIn his inaugural address, President Obama said he would “restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality.” By this, many suspect he means to spend taxpayer money on embryonic stem cell research, which destroys humans at the embryonic stage. Evidently, President Obama has been listening to those who want research funded, some because they are driven by greed but many others driven by a dangerous worldview called scientism. As Nancy Pearcey and I write in our book, How Now Shall We Live?, scientism has its roots in Darwinism. Tufts University professor Daniel...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 12-10-08

    12/10/2008 6:29:04 PM PST · by silent_jonny · 66 replies · 3,414+ views
    Today President Bush welcomed Darfur Human Rights Activist Dr. Halima Bashir to the Oval Office. (Transcript) Dr. Bashir has been tortured my militant Muslims throughout her life, most horrifically after she dared to speak out about the abuse of women and young girls in her native Sudan. She tells her story in her book “Tears In The Desert”. President Bush: This good soul brings firsthand accounts to what life is like in Darfur. She has witnessed violence, deprivation, and she carries a message of a lot of people who want our help. First Lady Laura Bush spoke about women’s rights...
  • A New Year's dream: nightmare or prophecy?

    11/05/2008 10:01:24 AM PST · by PetroniusMaximus · 14 replies · 1,565+ views ^ | Tuesday, January 03, 2006 | Chuck Colson
    "Something very strange happened to me this past week. I was seated in my library chair, mulling over current events, trying to make a few New Year’s predictions, which is the custom for commentators. I was concentrating hard, when suddenly, I saw before my eyes a headline from the New York Times. It read, “Congress Votes to End War; Troops Ordered to Abandon Iraq.” The view changed. Just as in Vietnam three decades ago, I saw Americans clinging to helicopters, trying to get themselves out of Baghdad along with friendly Shiite Muslims. There was massive confusion, bombs going off in...
  • Evangelicals: Change of Heart toward Catholics

    07/29/2008 4:39:52 PM PDT · by annalex · 1,140 replies · 1,562+ views
    The Black Cordelias ^ | July 28, 2008 | The Black Cordelias
    Evangelicals: Change of Heart toward Catholics Evangelicals have been going through a major change of heart in their view of Catholicism over the past 15 years or so. In the 80’s when I was in college I lived in the Biblebelt and had plenty of experience with Evangelicals–much of it bad experience. The 80’s was the height of the “Are you saved?” question. In Virginia, the question often popped up in the first 10 minutes of getting to know someone. As I look back, Isurmise that this was coached from the pulpit or Sunday school as it was so well...
  • The Archbishop and Sharia: What Empty Churches Are Made of

    02/25/2008 10:36:41 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 29 replies · 567+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 2/25/2008 | Chuck Colson
    There are an estimated 1.6 million Muslims in Great Britain. By some estimates, more people attend mosque than go to Anglican churches every week. Judging by recent comments by the Archbishop of Canterbury, it is easy to see why. As most of you by now know, Archbishop Rowan William said in a recent interview that the “UK has to ‘face up to the fact’ that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.” He left no doubt who those “citizens” are: British Muslims. So according to Williams, British Muslims should not have to choose between “the...
  • Desperate for Love: The Tragedy of Sexual Trafficking

    02/14/2008 3:57:00 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 10 replies · 161+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 2/14/2008 | Chuck Colson
    Note: This commentary contains sensitive information that may not be suitable for children. Tonya was only 12 when she was approached by a man as she walked down a city street. Over the next few months, his gifts and compliments impressed her—and soon, she thought she was in love. The minute he gained Tonya’s trust, the man—who was actually a pimp—took her to another city and forced her into a nightmare world of sexual slavery. She was forced to sell her body to countless men. To keep her in line, the pimp beat her violently. He kept all the money...
  • This Idea Is a Bomb: Selling to Saudi

    02/12/2008 3:25:54 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 16 replies · 110+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 2/11/2008 | Chuck Colson
    Last month, the president announced his intention to sell Saudi Arabia some of our most sophisticated weapons. This is a bad idea, and you should let your representative know it right away. The proposed $20 billion deal includes “satellite-guided weaponry” and “high-tech munitions,” including 900 JDAM bombs. The JDAM is arguably the smartest “smart bomb” in our arsenal. Its electronics can “guide the bomb to its target regardless of weather.” And, it is also resistant to the jamming of its GPS system. According to Reuters, the deal appears to be part of an “effort to persuade Saudi Arabia . ....
  • A Christian Consensus on Culture: 'Culture Matters'

    01/23/2008 2:06:25 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 11 replies · 170+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/23/2008 | Chuck Colson
    Is it possible, or even worthwhile, for Christians to reach a consensus on impacting culture—from the performing arts, to music, to literature? Well, there are probably as many answers to that question as there are Christians. But theologian T. M. Moore, in his compelling new book Culture Matters, explains why it is so important that Christians reach a cultural consensus: “All culture,” he says, “is a gift from God. The challenge to us is in learning how to take what is good in contemporary culture, reclaim and retool it, and put it to work in a Christian framework for forming...
  • Truth, Love, and Endurance: Dr. King and Christian Activism

    01/21/2008 3:20:03 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 9 replies · 170+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/21/2008 | Chuck Colson
    As Americans observe Martin Luther King Day today, I am reminded of the rich Christian tradition of activism in this country. For millions of Christians who have gone before us, activism was considered fruit of the faith. Not only was the civil-rights movement led by evangelical Christians like Dr. King, so too were campaigns for abolition and women’s suffrage heavily influenced by Christians expressing their faith. But for much of the twentieth century, Christians—especially white evangelicals—shied away from activism. Part of the reason is that from about the 1920s to the 1970s, many evangelical Christians simply withdrew from the public...