WASHINGTON, April 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former presidential candidate Gary Bauer expressed his extreme sorrow at the passing of Chuck Colson, calling him "a dear friend and intellectual giant who inspired a generation of servant leaders." Gary Bauer, president of American Values, made the following statement:
"Chuck Colson was a dear friend and I will miss him greatly. He was living proof of the transformative power of Jesus Christ. Chuck went from the highest of levels of government power in the Nixon White House to the tragedy of a jail cell. There he gave himself fully to Christ, found his true calling and emerged a new man.
"After his release, he became an advocate for prison reform and sought to break the vicious cycle of recidivism through the power of faith. He also became one of the greatest Christian apologists of our time. He was an intellectual giant dedicated to the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and religious liberty. His commitment to God and Country was second to none.
"Carol and I offer our sincere condolences to Chuck's wife, Patty, and the rest of the Colson family. They can take comfort in the certainty that Chuck Colson has been welcomed to home to words, 'Well done, thy good and faithful servant.'"
SOURCE American Values