Charles Colson asks the Vice-president straight questions on personal faith and public values.
Afresh image of Dan Quayle is emerging before the public eye. Earlier this year the venerable Washington Post signaled a new willingness among the media to take the Vice-president seriously, devoting their top political reporters to a seven-day series of articles profiling the former senator from Indiana. Rather than caricaturing Quayle as an affable minor player given to public misstatements, they painted him as a shrewd politician who had carefully manipulated the political process to rise to the nation’s second-highest office.
Quayle’s political opposition has shifted its portrayal of him as well. They now picture the Vice-president as a canny power broker who works quietly to keep regulatory agencies from having any damaging effect on business interests.
All of that is off CT’s journalistic turf. But another, vital part of Dan Quayle’s identity is clearly in our bailiwick. Most people had not heard much about the Vice-president’s Christian faith—until Quayle made a bold affirmation of his personal relationship with Christ during a “20/20” interview aired in October 1991.
One of the many Washington insiders who had known of Dan and Marilyn Quayle’s strong faith was Charles Colson, former special counsel to President Richard Nixon, founder of Prison Fellowship, and CT contributing editor. During a small dinner party at the Vice-president’s home, Colson was profoundly moved when the Quayles started the evening with prayer and ended it with their guests standing around the dinner table, holding hands, and singing “Amazing Grace.”
After the “20/20” broadcast, Colson thought CT readers might like to hear more about Quayle’s evangelical ...1
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