The Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (See below for latest blog posts.)

Where they stand

We prepare voter guides for each election.  These voter guides show where public officials and candidates representing the citizens of Prince William County and Manassas stand on key issues affecting the family.  This year we are preparing voter guides for U. S. House of Representatives and the Senate. See the 2014 ELECTIONS.

Supporting family values in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park

Welcome to the website of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance (PWMFA). We are a grassroots organization of citizens of Prince William County and the independent cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, Virginia, dedicated to supporting and promoting the values inherent in the concept of family. Learn more about us.

Some of our Achievements

  • Led the successful campaign for the Marriage Amendment in 2006, carrying Prince William Co.  and Manassas by a larger margin than statewide.
  • Led the successful fight against off-track betting in Manassas Park in 2004.
  • Distribute Voter Guides to Prince William County churches area during every election season.
  • Successfully promoted internet filtering in public libraries and abstinence-based family life education.

Affect Public Policy – Help Us Protect our Community

Support our efforts! Visit our “Get Involved” section to join the PWMFA or to make an “online” contribution.

This page last updated September 15, 2014.
Posted in Citizen Responsibilities

OVERCOMING VOTER FRAUD

vote for americaIs voter fraud a myth? That is what some would have us believe, but such a belief makes no sense. Is it a secret that our government controls trillions of dollars in spending and revenue collections? Don’t our elected officials authorize innumerable costly laws and regulations that affect the success or failure of large enterprises? Do the rich donate large sums to candidates and political parties for naught? Don’t we know that some candidates lie about themselves and smear their opponents? Are all of us too honest to cheat? No? Then why would anyone be so silly as to believe that no one would try to steal an election?

Let’s consider some recent articles.

  • On October 24th The Monkey Cage blog (www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage) at the Washington Post, posted this: Could non-citizens decide the November election? The writers of that post, using data from a Harvard study ( Cooperative Congressional Election Study(CCES)), concluded that in close elections the votes of non-citizens could decide the outcome.
  • In N.C. State Board Finds More than 35K Incidents of ‘Double Voting’ in 2012 (www.nationalreview.com/corner), we have proof of  double voting from the North Carolina’s Board of Elections.

    North Carolina’s Board of Elections found that tens of thousands of registered voters from the state have personal information matching that of registered voters in other states, and appear to have voted in states other than North Carolina in 2012. In some cases, votes were cast under names of individuals who had passed away before Election Day.

  • In Here Comes the 2014 Voter Fraud (online.wsj.com), the writer argues that there will be voter fraud, and he cites examples from past elections to make his point. Because we depend too much upon an honor system, we just don’t know the extent of the fraud.
  • In The Voter-ID Myth Crashes (www.nationalreview.com), Mona Charen explains why we don’t know what we don’t know.

    It’s extremely difficult to track vote fraud. Most states put only half-hearted efforts into purging their voter-registration rolls of the dead or those who’ve moved out of state. Prosecutions for vote fraud are rare. But prosecutions for perjury are rare, too — and not because it “doesn’t exist.” Earlier this year, the Virginia Voters Alliance found that more than 44,000 people were simultaneously registered to vote in Maryland and Virginia. Catherine Englebrecht’s True the Vote found some 6.9 million overlapping voter registrations in the 28 states they examined. For those unburdened by conscience who live close to the border, it’s more than possible to vote early and often.

  • We even have reports we cannot trust the voting machines, Md. Board of Elections Probe Republican-To-Democratic Ballot Switch Claims. Because we have gone from mechanical to electronic systems, in addition to making certain the people who count our votes are trustworthy, we must also be wary of how the machines they use to count our votes are programmed.
  • If all that were not enough, our leaders want to get rid in-person voting, and they are doing it in Colorado, Michelle Malkin Blasts Colorado Law as ‘Voter Fraud Frankenstein’. The convenience is great, but if can print our own ballots and give them to “vote harvesters” to put in the mail “for us,” how do we guaranteed the integrity of a system that works like that?

Who is dumb enough to operate a bank and assume no one is interested in stealing money? Would those be the same people who claim voter fraud doesn’t exist? Are you one of those people? Then stay at home. However, if you are not so foolish, just lazy, then please consider voting. We still have a chance to win elections and save our republic, but we have to make certain our vote is counted. We cannot stay at home and wait for somebody to do it for us. In close elections, if we don’t show up, we will lose. We might even lose to voter fraud.

Showing up is half of the battle.  Please be there! While we still have the right, please VOTE!

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VIRGINIA VOTER GUIDE: 11th DISTRICT U.S. HOUSE – NOV 4, 2014

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House of Representatives Candidates for Virginia’s 11th House District 

Virginia 2014 Voter Guide for the 11th U.S. House District

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VIRGINIA VOTER GUIDE: 1st DISTRICT U.S. HOUSE – NOV 4, 2014

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House of Representatives Candidates for Virginia’s 1st House District

Virginia 2014 Voter Guide for the 1st U.S. House District

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VIRGINIA VOTER GUIDE: 10th DISTRICT U.S. HOUSE – NOV 4, 2014

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House of Representatives Candidates for Virginia’s 10th House District 

Virginia 2014 Voter Guide for the 10th U.S. House District

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ON THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PAGANISM AND CHRISTIANITY

Pagan transition to ChristianConsider the ending of the Declaration of Independence.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

What is honor? Why would it be sacred? Honor is not easily defined, but perhaps it is safe to say that to have honor we must be honorable.

honorable (adj.)

early 14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), from Old French honorable, from Latin honorabilis “that procures honor, estimable, honorable,” from honorare “to honor” (see honor (n.)). Related:Honorably.

“Now, George, you must divide the cake honorably with your brother Charlie.”–George: “What is ‘honorably,’ mother?” “It means that you must give him the largest piece.”–George: “Then, mother, I should rather Charlie would cut it.” ["Smart Sayings of Bright Children," collected by Howard Paul, 1886]

Honorable men and women live according to a code of conduct that embodies certain principles. Americans of the 18th Century lived according to the principles taught in the Bible. Did they have disagreements about how they should interpret the Bible? Yes, but they eventually agreed that Bible taught they should allow everyone the freedom to live by the dictates of his own conscience.

Why do people become Christians? Every Christian has their own story. Did I become a Christian because I wanted to be a Christian? No. When I was younger, I was like that little boy named George. I wanted the larger slice of cake, but I am fascinated by history. So I studied history. In time I reached the conclusion that I could not make any sense of history without studying Christianity. So I started to read the Bible and study it. Then I learned how much God loves me, and I was ashamed I had not returned His love.

How did Christianity change the world? What made the life of Jesus the most important event in history? Writers far better than I have written about this. So I have excerpted a passage from such a writer’s book, Heretics by G. K. Chesterton. In what follows, Chesterton comments on the ideas of one of the heretics who served as the subject of his book. Here he explains the differences between what the ancient Pagans believed and what Christians believe.

Let me set about making the matter clear. There is one broad fact about the relations of Christianity and Paganism which is so simple that many will smile at it, but which is so important that all moderns forget it. The primary fact about Christianity and Paganism is that one came after the other. Mr. Lowes Dickinson speaks of them as if they were parallel ideals—even speaks as if Paganism were the newer of the two, and the more fitted for a new age. He suggests that the Pagan ideal will be the ultimate good of man; but if that is so, we must at least ask with more curiosity than he allows for, why it was that man actually found his ultimate good on earth under the stars, and threw it away again. It is this extraordinary enigma to which I propose to attempt an answer.

There is only one thing in the modern world that has been face to face with Paganism; there is only one thing in the modern world which in that sense knows anything about Paganism: and that is Christianity. That fact is really the weak point in the whole of that hedonistic neo-Paganism of which I have spoken. All that genuinely remains of the ancient hymns or the ancient dances of Europe, all that has honestly come to us from the festivals of Phoebus or Pan, is to be found in the festivals of the Christian Church. If anyone wants to hold the end of a chain which really goes back to the heathen mysteries, he had better take hold of a festoon of flowers at Easter or a string of sausages at Christmas. Everything else in the modern world is of Christian origin, even everything that seems most anti-Christian. The French Revolution is of Christian origin. The newspaper is of Christian origin. The anarchists are of Christian origin. Physical science is of Christian origin. The attack on Christianity is of Christian origin. There is one thing, and one thing only, in existence at the present day which can in any sense accurately be said to be of pagan origin, and that is Christianity.

The real difference between Paganism and Christianity is perfectly summed up in the difference between the pagan, or natural, virtues, and those three virtues of Christianity which the Church of Rome calls virtues of grace. The pagan, or rational, virtues are such things as justice and temperance, and Christianity has adopted them. The three mystical virtues which Christianity has not adopted, but invented, are faith, hope, and charity. Now much easy and foolish Christian rhetoric could easily be poured out upon those three words, but I desire to confine myself to the two facts which are evident about them. The first evident fact (in marked contrast to the delusion of the dancing pagan)—the first evident fact, I say, is that the pagan virtues, such as justice and temperance, are the sad virtues, and that the mystical virtues of faith, hope, and charity are the gay and exuberant virtues. And the second evident fact, which is even more evident, is the fact that the pagan virtues are the reasonable virtues, and that the Christian virtues of faith, hope, and charity are in their essence as unreasonable as they can be.

As the word “unreasonable” is open to misunderstanding, the matter may be more accurately put by saying that each one of these Christian or mystical virtues involves a paradox in its own nature, and that this is not true of any of the typically pagan or rationalist virtues. Justice consists in finding out a certain thing due to a certain man and giving it to him. Temperance consists in finding out the proper limit of a particular indulgence and adhering to that. But charity means pardoning what is unpardonable, or it is no virtue at all. Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all. And faith means believing the incredible, or it is no virtue at all.  (from here)

Chapter XII Paganism and Mr. Lowes Dickinson of Heretics is too long for one blog post, but there is another virtue. Therefore, here is one more paragraph.

It has been the boast of hundreds of the champions of Christianity. It has been the taunt of hundreds of the opponents of Christianity. It is, in essence, the basis of Mr. Lowes Dickinson’s whole distinction between Christianity and Paganism. I mean, of course, the virtue of humility. I admit, of course, most readily, that a great deal of false Eastern humility (that is, of strictly ascetic humility) mixed itself with the main stream of European Christianity. We must not forget that when we speak of Christianity we are speaking of a whole continent for about a thousand years. But of this virtue even more than of the other three, I would maintain the general proposition adopted above. Civilization discovered Christian humility for the same urgent reason that it discovered faith and charity—that is, because Christian civilization had to discover it or die. (from here)

When they read Chesterton’s words, some will counter by saying Jesus was a genius, merely a great philosopher. Christianity was just an evolutionary leap forward in Philosophy.  But how could a poor carpenter and His twelve disciples (just ordinary men) have invented and spread this philosophy we now call Christianity?

We also must wonder about Jesus’ miracles and the miracles His disciples performed in His name. Were these too just inventions by the men who wrote the Bible? The New Testament was written by Jesus’ contemporaries, men who had seen or spoke to those who knew Him. If Jesus was not the Son of God, these men had to know better, and all they could expect from their “inventions” was martyrdom.

Therefore, we have a puzzle. We have men with nothing to gain who gave their lives to spread an odd philosophy, and we have accusers who say they either lied or they were deceived. When we think about that accusation of lies, why aren’t we filled with wonder? Why would anyone tell lies to promote the virtues of faith, hope, charity, and humility?

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PRINCE WILLIAM & MANASSAS FAMILY ALLIANCE VIRGINIA 2014 VOTER GUIDE

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This post provides our Voter Guides for Virginia’s 1st, 10th and 11th U.S. House Districts.

These voter guides are in two PDF files.  A free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader is available at this link.

When we printed the voter guides, we combined the 10th and the 11th House District with the 1st House District to save printing costs. Please feel free to print your own copies and forward the files to your friends. If you wish to assist us in the distribution of the voter guides, please use the contact information provided here: Volunteer or donate to help us fight for family values.

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