The 2019 Values Voter Summit (VVS) will wrap up tomorrow morning with a worship service, bringing a close to the 14th annual conference held in Washington, D.C.
Garnering media attention from around the world, elected officials and social conservative citizens from across the Nation attend this three-day event (October 11-13) with great excitement and expectation. Not only did VVS welcome President Donald Trump, but also a lengthy line-up of speakers which included some of the Nation’s leading conservative voices like Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (FRC), American Family Association's Wesley Wildmon, Dennis Prager, HHS Secretary Alex Azar, Senator Josh Hawley, Michele Bachmann, Todd Starnes, Jenny Beth Martin and many more.
Hosted by FRC Action, a variety of break-out sessions and speaker topics about confronting socialism, upholding rights and liberties, supporting Israel, and much more were scattered throughout the first two days of the conference.
On Friday morning, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, former Deputy of Strategy for the White House, recalled the president’s 2016 candidacy, stating “All [the President] did is open a window of liberty — a very small, grace-filled window of liberty.” He continued, warning, “that window can close in the next 389 days.” Even as he and his family are attacked by the Left on a daily basis, Gorka believes Trump will keep his promises, ensuring the Constitutional right of liberty while he remains in office.
Among the afternoon talks, Dennis Prager shared his affinity for American values and denounced those in society and the media who are perpetual liars. The co-founder of Prager University concluded, “Lying is part of Leftism. Not liberalism. Not conservatism. It is instrumental to Leftism.”
Award-winning broadcaster and author, Todd Starnes, described the story of a young Roy Costner taking a stand against those who opposed to prayer at public school events. Starnes believes Costner’s story should serve as a lesson to all Christians. “We’ve got to take a stand. We cannot bow down. So, consider this your call to arms. Happy warriors, we are tasked with a defending a noble cause and a noble faith,” despite the intolerance and attacks from the Left.
Saturday morning, AFA’s general counsel, Abraham Hamilton III, took an opportunity to shed light on presidential candidate Robert "Beto" O’Rourke’s recent rhetoric about rescinding the tax-exempt status of churches because of their view on Biblical marriage. Hamilton used the opportunity to note an important point that applies to all of this year’s Democratic party candidates.
While O’Rourke may have shared his thoughts publicly, Hamilton points out, “Everybody who is vying for the presidency in that party agrees with [O’Rourke’s support of same-sex marriage].
Among a wealth of other speakers through the day, Brigitte Gabriel took the stage to encourage the American people. “We are fighting for the soul of our country,” said the founder and president of ACT for America. She encouraged listeners to image a second term without President Trump, and to use the thought to “light a fire.” Gabriel spoke about the sacrifices the Founding Fathers made for America freedom. Then, she said, “the least we can do is protect and preserve those freedoms they created for generations to come. We owe it to them, and we owe it to our children.”
On Saturday evening, Pastor Andrew Brunson will be presented the Cost of Discipleship Award at the Faith, Family, and Freedom Gala dinner. One year ago, Pastor Brunson was released from captivity in Turkey. This evening, he will be honored by many, including President Donald Trump and Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, for his great sacrifice.
Gary Bauer, president of American Values and a long-time co-sponsor of the Values Voter Summit, spoke on Friday afternoon. He tells OneNewsNow, “[VVS] is the year's premier event for social conservatives.”
When you have the President speaking at a Gala Dinner to honor a pastor, Bauer asserts, “[his presence certainly] speaks volumes about the Summit and its focus on faith, family and freedom.”
In an additional statement to OneNewsNow, Gorka describes VVS "as a crucial event for all those who have had enough of the Left's radicalization and who believe in the immutable founding principles of our Republic."
"Today's Democrats hate America, want open borders, are against the First and Second Amendment, and promote a chilling culture of death in which third trimester abortion is not enough and even infanticide is justifiable. VVS represents a roadblock to those who would subvert our nation," Gorka concludes.
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