Sunday, October 2, 2005

A Federal Case?

David Greenberg's review (Book World, Sept. 4) of Jonathan Aitken's biography of Chuck Colson contains a serious error that The Washington Post should correct.

Greenberg incorrectly asserts that Aitken's book "mentions that grants from Bush's faith-based initiative now fill Colson's coffers." First, Aitken's book says no such thing. Second, as president of Prison Fellowship, I am intimately aware of the ministry's finances and can say that neither Prison Fellowship nor Chuck Colson have ever received federal funds of any kind.

This is a particularly egregious charge in light of the fact that for 30 years, Chuck Colson has contributed all of his book royalties, speaking fees and even the $1 million Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion to the ministry of Prison Fellowship. One of the reasons he does this is so no one could question his commitment to Christ.

Clearly Greenberg has issues with Colson and the ministry of Prison Fellowship. But to say that Colson is "cashing in" is false and unfair. I would expect better from The Post.



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David Greenberg replies:

Pages 411-412 of Jonathan Aitken's Charles W. Colson , along with many news reports, make clear that Colson's involvement with George W. Bush's "faith-based" program in Texas inspired the president's current policies at the federal level.

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