Magazine article Church & State

Colson Celebrates Growth of Religious Right Pact with Catholic Bishops

Magazine article Church & State

Colson Celebrates Growth of Religious Right Pact with Catholic Bishops

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Religious Right activist Charles W. Colson says a growing alliance between conservative evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics can change American culture.

Colson, the Watergate-era felon turned Religious Right culture warrior, claimed in a recent Christianity Today column (coauthored by Timothy George) that a movement he started called Evangelicals and Catholics Together is spreading across the nation.

In November of 2009, Colson and other far-right Protestants joined with several Roman Catholic bishops to issue the Manhattan Declaration, a document demanding that the U.S. government conform to conservative theological views on social issues. (See "Manhattan Project: Catholic, Evangelical Declaration Signers Seek To Nuke The Church-State Wall," January 2010 Church & State.)

Colson asserted that evangelicals and Catholics are rallying around the document. He said that evangelicals in Mobile, Ala., held a citywide rally late last year and reached out to Catholics. More than 2,000 people attended. He also pointed to events in Phoenix, Albuquerque and Oakland, Calif.

"The Manhattan Declaration, after all, is an effort to draw a line in the sand against the surging tides of secularism and the growing hostility in many quarters toward Christianity, and to defend religious freedom for all persons of faith," wrote Colson and George.

Colson's latest project has been to fashion a cadre of fundamentalist true believers who will take their "biblical worldview" into every area of life, including American politics. …

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