The Washington Times - January 31, 2013, 02:03PM

Opposition to Chuck Hagel is a matter of faith to some.

“The United States Senate has a sacred duty to oppose Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of Defense. His sudden apologies, his rabid opposition to our strongest ally in the Middle East, and his irresponsible and self-serving power grabs indicate that Hagel’s desire to be Defense secretary stems from personal greed and ambition rather than true public service,” says Rev. Lou Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition.

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“Consider Hagel’s lucrative career in his post-Senate service: $100,000 as a professor at Georgetown University, plus $100,000 in fees from Deutsche Bank, plus $200,000 in fees from Corsair Capital, plus $200,000 from Zurich Insurance Group, plus $120,000 from M.I.C Industries, plus another $120,000 from Gallup. Plus another $120,000 in fees from McCarthy Capital,” Mr. Sheldon points out.

“Hagel’s opposition to the State of Israel, the only viable democracy in the Middle East and a strong ally of the United States, sends a clear message to our erstwhile friends. Already in nations such as Poland, we have rescinded on security commitments made during the previous decade,” the pastor continues.

“What sort of partnership will Hagel, having effectively weakened Israel, be able to create with other key allies such as Poland, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Taiwan and others as they watch America throw Israel to the wolves?” Mr. Sheldon asks.

“The U.S. Senate has an important role in vetting the president’s key advisors. They failed in that role with John Kerry. The Senate cannot fail now with Chuck Hagel,” he concludes.

The coalition, incidentally, represents churches and grassroots organizations who seek to preserve “Judeo-Christian ethics upon which America was founded.”