Note: This post was originally published on US4Palin. The transcript and text were prepared by AGU-NY State Coordinator Ron Devito and the interview was conducted by AGU-PA State Coordinator Kevin Scholla.
Reverend Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition is the guest on The Palin Radio Update with Kevin Scholla! Sheldon started TVC over thirty years ago and his group is fighting harder than ever. Hear about the battle against ENDA and find out what other issues are most important in the country today. Sheldon tells Kevin which politicians in Washington are standing up for the American family. Sheldon also discusses Sarah Palin, calling her a ‘wonderful person’ who has found the truth and knows how to say it in a positive and rational manner. Also, Governor Plain and countless others Stand With Rand during and after Senator Paul’s historic filibuster. Plus, Willow Palin and two of her friends go to bat for those with special needs and Governor Palin shines at Southeastern University’s seventh annual leadership forum. Steel Resolve, our weekly commentary with Sarah Steelman is also featured. Steelman weighs in on Rand Paul’s bold move in DC.
History to Serve Gov. Palin Well. She Will be a “Great Idol”
Rev. Sheldon has been an enthusiastic supporter of Gov. Palin for years and he agrees with her on almost all fronts. “I just wish the state would have defended her better and that she would not have had to resign as governor, although those false accusations had to be cleared up and they were all cleared up. So, history will do her well. She’ll be a great idol.”
Scholla noted that when the accusations were made, they were front page news, but when Gov. Palin was cleared, it was buried if even mentioned. “Well, that’s the mentality and the DNA of the liberal press. They don’t want to tell the truth. They just want to tear down and be the prophets of doom. They cannot deal with the fact that someone has found the truth and is able to speak it in a rational and positive manner,” Rev. Sheldon said.
What caught Rev. Sheldon’s eye when Gov. Palin hit the scene and also when the false allegations were leveled was, “well basically she is just a wonderful, wonderful person in her own right. She is an outstanding mother and a quite committed and devoted wife. So this is why I think it is so important to understand. She had such huge crowds. I mean, she was drawing better than job McCain.” He continued, “I attended a lot of those rallies in different parts of the country, especially here in Southern California. She came into the huge stadium and we had 20-some-thousand people. Just jammed. And from experience I knew that I had to get there early, and I did.”
Scholla said Gov. Palin’s speeches still draw huge crowds clamoring to hear her commonsense conservative message. Her speeches at CPAC 2012 and most recently in Florida drew huge crowds. She is slated to speak at CPAC again this week.
Brief History of TVC
TVC was founded over 30 years ago in Orange County, CA because start-up churches could not use rented facilities such as schools for more than six months. Rev. Sheldon was instrumental in getting CA Senate Bill 521 passed, which lifted the 6-month limit provided their operations were conducted outside of teaching hours.
He moved on to other issues such as pro-life and the gay agenda. This took his organization into the early 1990s. Then, Rev. Sheldon went to Washington to take on national issues. He fought successfully to have Bible studies be permitted at schools which receive federal funding provided it is done outside instructional hours.
Rev. Sheldon recounted how Lyndon Baines Johnson vindictively pushed through a Senate bill in the 1950s barring 501 (c) 3s from speaking about elected officials. Johnson, a legislator at the time did this to get back at two brothers who said he was soft on communism. Rev. Sheldon is supporting House Bill 147 which would repeal that decades old law, giving churches the right to speak about political issues just as unions do.
While Rev. Sheldon is pleased about the conservative take-over of the US House of Representatives, we took some losses in 2012 and he maintains a guarded optimism for 2014. He is concerned about a California state legislation that proposes to strip churches of their non-profit status at the state level for hosting a Boy Scout troop. He thinks such legislation would violate the First Amendment, however, the leftists backing the bill have a super-majority. “These are the kind of issues we deal with on a day-to-day basis,” Rev. Sheldon said about the TVC.
TVC Uncovers Over $500 Million in Waste
Though fighting for pro-life and traditional marriage is within the Coalition’s purview, they also uncovered over $500 million in waste at the National Institutes of Health. He cited a grant to fund a study on how many drinks it takes for one New York City homosexual student to seduce another. The grant was $250 million per year for three years totaling $750 million. Rev. Sheldon is working with Paul Ryan to expose this waste. Money is needed to research cancer, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s Disease, he said.
The Battle Against ENDA
His daughter, Andrea Lafferty works for TVC and has been at the forefront of fighting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). While the title suggests fairness and justice, the ENDA means a trans-gender could teach at any public school that receives federal money. The ENDA was defeated in 1994, 2006, and 2010, but has become an issue once more.
The TVC’s website is Traditional Values.
Founding Fathers, Gov. Palin on Faith, Morality, Constitution
Scholla quoted George Washington’s Farewell Address. “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
John Adams said, “this Constitution was written only four of religious and moral people. It is unfit for any other,” Rev. Sheldon added. “With all these social issues, it’s totally in the hands of the ‘any others.'”
Scholla said Gov. Palin endorsed great conservatives such as Ted Cruz, Ted Yoho, Deb Fischer and Paul Gosar. He asked Rev. Sheldon if more are needed. “Absolutely. If we do not have these kinds of people, then the wear and tear by the secular godless emphasis will continually come up. They believe in the ‘big lie’: the separation of church and state. Nowhere does our Constitution say that, so this is why we have to have more of the Marco Rubio’s and the Ted Cruz’s, and there’s a great guy in the House – Louie Gohmert and many others. He said Rep. Cotton the new Congressman from Arkansas is another example of a Constitutionally based conservative who also is spiritual principles-based.
Steel Resolve: I Stand With Rand
“Thank goodness for Sen. Rand Paul, a true patriot and statesman. It does my heart good as an American for someone who was elected to have enough passion and guts to standup and defend our precious Constitution,” Sarah Steelman said as she opened her Steel Resolve segment.
She continued, “Sen. Rand Paul drew attention to the fact that Pres. Obama was Unwilling to say ‘no’ to the use of drones for killing American citizens on American soil. I’ll say it again: ‘thank goodness for Sen. Paul’s willingness to do what every Senator Republican or Democrat should’ve done.’ He used the filibuster to not only bring attention to the issue, but have a public discussion about it on the floor of the United States Senate, which is so important to our ability to govern ourselves.”
Steelman went on, “transparency in government is what ensures our ability to hold our elected officials accountable. We have a lazy press and a president who conducts meetings in secret along with Congress. So it is absolutely refreshing for Sen. Rand Paul to take the floor of the Senate and fight for what is right.” She concluded, “he used his power as a member of the minority to get answers to questions, which is the way the filibuster is supposed to work. If every important issue was debated on the floor of the Senate with reasonable arguments presented and with every Senator seated in the chamber and listening, and participating our government might just be more effective.”
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