This is a press release from the Traditional Values Coalition, a religious conservative group.

January 20, 2005 - The Traditional Values Coalition held a Christian Inaugural Eve Gala last night to honor and affirm the inauguration of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush.

The gala was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC, and more than 600 guests attended.

According to TVC Chairman Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, the theme of this inaugural gala was "One Nation Under God" to show God's Providential hand upon America with his grace and goodness to us.

In his address, Rev. Sheldon will discussed the role that Christianity has played in the founding of our nation. "America was founded on Christian principles and beliefs," said Sheldon. "And these principles must remain the foundation upon which our nation continues to exist." Rev. Sheldon believes that George Washington's comment in his Farewell Address of 1796 expresses the importance of Christianity in our nation's history: "Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports." "George Washington knew the importance of Christianity to an orderly and just society," said Rev. Sheldon. "We must not forget this truth!"

Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life gave the invocation. Former Congressman J.C. Watts of Oklahoma was the Master of Ceremonies and the keynote speaker was Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Prominent guests included Bishop and Mrs. Harry R. Jackson, Dr. Richard Land, Holly Coors, Dr. D. James Kennedy, Ralph Reed, Stephen Strang, Gary Bauer, Richard Viguerie, Frank Wright (National Religious Broadcasters), Jay Sekulow, and others.

We will have more details on the gala next week.

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