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

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.

Where they stand

  • The principal goal of the Family Alliance is to help Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park voters learn more about candidates seeking to represent them in public office. Our focus is especially directed at the County and City school boards, the Board of County Supervisors and Manassas and Manassas Park City Councils. We also concentrate on State legislative candidates with the aim of informing the voting public on where candidates stand regarding key issues affecting the family. Here are some of the projects we are currently undertaking:
    • We’re soliciting the positions of candidates seeking local public offices in both the General and Primary elections in the 2020 election cycle and publicize the results.
    • We maintain an active website (www.familyallianceonline.org) to draw attention to school issues, elections and the need for Christian leadership on issues affecting the family.
    • We seek to build a network of church contacts throughout Prince William and the two cities (Manassas and Manassas Park) with the aim of promoting the institution of the family and an educated electorate.

Some of our Achievements

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

The 2020 Election

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.

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VIRGINIA TRANSGENDER SCHOOL POLICY IS FINAL

Many of us took advantage of the public comment period during January to register our rejection and/or comments about the Transgender Students policy mandated for Virginia public schools. The final document, Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools, was released on March 4 and e-mailed to all who submitted comments.

Essentially, contents of the original policy and the final release are the same. Areas addressed include compliance with nondiscrimination laws that will assure transgender (TG) students have a safe and supportive learning environment free from bullying and harassment. This is certainly advocated by the Prince William & Manassas Family Alliance (PWMFA).

Students also are to be given privacy about their gender identity as the student and/or family chooses, and their school records are to be treated with confidentiality. If and when an alumnus/a of the school adopts a gender identity different from when a student, their school records must be updated to reflect that alumnus/a change of identity when they request the same.

The new policies assure that TG students’ rights to wear gender-appropriate clothing and to be addressed by their chosen name and pronouns are accommodated. School staff are to receive training in how to observe all facets of the policy.

What was maintained within the final policy that raises the most alarm is that TG students have the right to use bathroom, shower and changing room facilities used by all other students according to their gender identity. While the policy does make room for schools to provide single-person bathroom and changing facilities for use by ALL students, the fact remains that schools still have to maintain gender-neutral bathroom, shower and changing rooms. Our kids should not have to be exposed to such invasion of their privacy and modesty!

The policy very much upholds what are deemed the rights of TG students, while it does not address equally the rights of the majority of their classmates who are not TG. Clearly, the PWMFA does not sanction this move and considers it a breakdown in morality, respect for God and our created bodies and for each other.

Parents’ rights are marginalized by the Policy, and TG students’ rights are given preference to the wishes of parents if they differ.

One good thing about the Policy: TG students are not permitted to participate in athletics of their gender identity. Other states have demonstrated that biological males who participate in female sports excel by virtue of their strength (testosterone), and women are not a match for them.

— Posted by Tom Salmon for Doris, a fellow member of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance

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ELECTION 2021: CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE FOR THE POTENTIAL NOMINEES

Why would we want to ask a candidate a question? Don’t we want to know what he want to know what he will do if he is elected?

Do all candidates answer our questions honestly? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Nevertheless, candidates generally answer more truthfully than not. Why? Their answers indicate which voters they want to vote for them. If politician too much alienates the people who support him, that makes it much easy to remove him from office. Therefore, it is worth the trouble to ask politicians questions and to hold them accountable for their answers.

What follows are the questions we included our first candidate questionnaire for the 2021 Election season. When we send our questionnaire to a candidate, we give that candidate three options for each each question. Would they support (S), oppose (O), or are undecided (U) about legislation that would:

  1. Restore the death penalty repealed this spring.
  2. Emergency rules, regulations or orders expire after 45 days unless the General Assembly takes action.
  3. Re-enact criminal penalties for the recreational use of marijuana.
  4. Prohibit Dept. Of Health from communicating with children about sexual issues without parents’ consent.
  5. Prohibit State from forcing anyone to get a COVID vaccine despite sincere religious objections.
  6. Require employers to offer paid sick leave to employees working 20 or more hours a week.
  7. Establish Medicaid coverage of undocumented populations during COVID-19 pandemic.
  8. Require that hospitals, nursing homes, hospice and assisted living facilities allow patients to receive visits from a rabbi, priest, minister or clergyman upon request during a declared public health emergency.
  9. Allow adult protective service workers to obtain protective orders for incapacitated adults subjected to an act of violence, force, threat or financial exploitation.
  10. Repeal 2020 legislation allowing coverage of abortion in health insurance plans sold on Virginia’s Obamacare exchange.
  11. Require a school nurse in every school building.
  12. Require every public school to give parents the option for child to attend school in-person.
  13. Offer tax credits for donations to scholarship funds to enable low-income students to pay for private school tuition or curricula for home-schooling.
  14. Require family life education curriculum to include viewing a live ultrasound of an unborn baby.
  15. Require teacher and principal evaluations to include an evaluation of “cultural competency.”
  16. Reduce the total number and type of required Standards of Learning assessments to the minimum federal requirements.
  17. Provide State funded transportation services for students attending private and parochial schools.
  18. Expand Tuition Assistance grants to undocumented college students receiving in-state tuition rates.
  19. Prohibit the carrying of firearms in public spaces.
  20. Amend the Constitution to automatically restore the right-to-vote to felons who have served their sentences.
  21. Allow the public to obtain inactive criminal investigation files under the Freedom of Information Act.
  22. Repeal laws that allow foster care/adoption agencies to place children with persons who share the same beliefs or to place children only in homes with a female and male parent (rather than same sex couples).
  23. Expand nondiscrimination laws (and lawsuits) to persons who hire part-time employees to work in the home, including babysitters.
  24. Repeal the provisions of Virginia’s Constitution that define marriage as a union of a man and a woman.
  25. Add to the Constitution express recognition of marriage between individuals of the same sex.
  26. Prohibit the abortion of babies after 20 weeks in the womb.
  27. Repeal the common-law crime of suicide.
  28. Allocate Virginia’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote, even if not the candidate Virginia voters choose.
  29. Forbid construction of power plants fueled by fossil fuels.
  30. Reinstate the estate tax (“death tax”).
  31. Increase income tax rates to fund school construction and law enforcement salaries.
  32. Amend the Constitution to vest the appointment of judges in the Governor, subject to legislative confirmation, instead of in the General Assembly as is currently the case.
  33. Decriminalize assisted suicide.
  34. Require public schools to permit students to use bathrooms and locker rooms assigned to those with whose gender they identify, rather than those of their biological sex.

We hope for simple answers. However, we understand that some do not consider these simple questions. Therefore, we encourage candidates to explain their answers, and we post those explanations on our website.

Do you want to know how the candidates answer our questionnaire? Then please encourage them to answer our questionnaire. We will send all the candidates running for statewide office and all the House of Delegates candidates whose districts intersect Prince William County a copy of our questionnaire.

Thus far we have received replies from the following:

  • Kurt Santini, a candidate for the Governor of Virginia. We will post his answers to our questionnaire on Monday.
  • Delegate Lee Carter, a candidate for the 50th House of Delegates district. Carter is currently the incumbent. He politely refused to answer our questionnaire, and we appreciate the honesty of his forthright response. Nevertheless, we encourage his constituents to ask him to reconsider.

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EVERYONE LOVES A RAINBOW—or do they?

Landscape with Noah, c. 1803 (Joseph Anton Koch – Wikipedia).
See Genesis 9 NASB – Covenant of the Rainbow – Bible Gateway

Everyone loves a rainbow! After a rainstorm, the sign of a rainbow arched across the sky reminds us of Noah. After he and his family survived the Flood, God gave the rainbow as a sign to Noah that He would never destroy the earth with water again. God called His promise a covenant. A covenant includes two parties and this one was no different.

God was one party and He gave the rainbow as a sign of His promise. Humankind was the other party. God told Noah and his progeny that their part, our part going forward, was to never kill another human being. In Genesis 9 verse 6, God told Noah, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man.”

Then, in verse 7 God went on, “As for you, be fruitful and multiply; populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.”

  1. Way back, right after Methuselah died, Noah went into the Ark and that’s a long time ago! God stated then two important truths that condemn abortion today:Do not kill or shed the blood of another person—because IN THE IMAGE OF GOD He made man. Every person conceived on this earth is created in the image of God. Each of us bears the imprint of God in us. We are not like the animals and fish of the earth. We are special to God and should treat that endowment with honor and respect.
  2. God went on to say, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth with people.” God is not worried about overcrowding here on the planet. Many pundits say abortion is justified to reduce population, especially in what they consider to be overpopulated countries. God never said that. He’s as able to supply needs when there are a lot of us as when there are few. And we certainly can help each other, the blessed sharing what they have received with those not as fortunate.

So, God says not to shed human blood and, instead, to populate the earth and to love others as we love ourselves.

What have abortionists done to work their way around those commandments? First, they question the validity of life beginning at conception. They rationalize that if a fetus isn’t human until birth, it’s not shedding human blood to abort it in the womb. So, let’s go ahead and kill that FETUS! Get rid of the inconvenience. Check!

They justify abortion, also, as being a population control measure. Yet, if we would help other nations and peoples with food and their learning how to provide for themselves, there would not be the degree of hunger and poverty today. America relies heavily on Asia, for instance, to supply her retail inventories: clothing, technology, household goods, fabrics…we can go on and on.

American retailers line their pockets by having China produce goods cheaply using slave labor. So, is our hunger for more and more by having to pay less contributing to the numbers of the world’s starving and abused? And thus, are we indirectly justifying abortion in the minds of many? Is our luxury part of the abortion problem?

What is the real problem with abortion? If God gave two commandments to Noah and they apply to all humankind, abortion is man’s way of flaunting those two commands in God’s face and doing just the opposite.

Covenants are binding. They always have been and always will be. One party can break his or her side of the agreement, but that doesn’t nullify a covenant with God. He never breaks His word. He makes His covenants in good faith.

But we have broken humankind’s part of the covenant. Every baby aborted in one more strike against God and His promise. We can mess with God and He is kind and merciful for a time. But finally, we reach a boiling point where He will not look the other way anymore. We are at the place in our history right now. Some way, somehow, we must reverse our legislation on abortion or God’s discipline will continue.

Is the bottom line really one of indifference on the part of those who call themselves Christian? Have we indulged ourselves so much that other peoples’ souls and their need of Christ have taken a back seat in our priorities? That, I fear, is the real crux of the abortion issue. As Christians, we must get our priorities straight and put God first in our own lives. Then we will rightly care about the needs of others. Or is it too late? History will answer that question.

— Posted by Tom Salmon for Doris, a fellow member of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance

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