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

Our goal is to help Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park voters learn about the candidates campaigning to represent them in public office, especially the school board, state legislature, Board of County Supervisors and City Council. Our focus is where the candidates stand on key issues affecting the family.

  • We prepare voter guides for each election.  We in the process of getting ready for the 2019 election cycle.
  • We maintain an active website to, among other things, 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 the county and cities (Manassas and Manassas Park) with an interest in promoting the institution of the family and an educated electorate.
  • We hold candidate forums/interviews  to give pastors and candidates an opportunity to explore the views of candidates or potential candidates.

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.

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 on September 2, 2018.
Posted in Citizen Responsibilities

TO WHOM DO WE BELONG?

The Gutenberg Bible, the first printed Bible (from here)

In Theology Is Life, R.C. Sproul explains the difference between theology and religion. Why is this difference important? Theology and religion provide two very different ways of perceiving our relationship with God. How we choose to perceive our relationship with God determines how we will live our lives. How we choose to perceive our relationship with God determines whether we will submit to God or put our will before His.

What is theology? Once theology was the “queen of the sciences”.

In the not too distant past, our forebears regarded theology as the Queen of the Sciences.

So, theology was seen as a science in the Middle Ages. How, then, was it supreme over, and therefore “queen of,” the other sciences? In the Medieval universities, it was understood that the various branches of learning required an overarching standard. That standard was the Bible. Because the Bible was seen as the source of all truth, theology became the natural standard by which other scholarship had to abide. The scholars of the day rightly saw that one’s view of God and the Bible affects every other area of life. A scholar’s theology is the foundation of his worldview and shapes his study of philosophy and other fields. Theology, then, was the “queen of the sciences”; that is, God’s Word is the majestic source of knowledge that informs all other knowledge. (from here (gotquestions.org).

How is today different? Instead of studying God, we study man’s relationship with God as a subset of Anthropology. Instead of studying theology, we have secularized science. We now study religion instead of theology.

Cultural Anthropology

Cultural (or socio-cultural) anthropologists are interested in learning about the cultural aspects of human societies all over the world. They usually focus their research on such things as the social and political organizations, marriage patterns and kinship systems, subsistence and economic patterns, and religious beliefs of different societies. (from here (palomar.edu))

Theology is about the study of God. Theologians seek to learn who God is. Religion is about the study of what various peoples think about God, that is, the mythologies of different peoples. How did this change happen? Church and state are always rivals. That is why the most powerful rulers always control both the state and the church. If nothing else, powerful men seek to make the state instead of God an object of worship.

Consider the contest between the state and the “church” in America. Has not our government taken over and secularized education? Doesn’t our mass media, in concert with government, ridicule religious belief with ever greater frequency, especially Christianity?

Why have politicians and media moguls combined to push religious belief into the shadows? Is it because they want to substitute their own influence for the influence that God has upon us?

What happens when the churches of a nation are healthy? Don’t the people force their moral beliefs upon their government and the entertainment industry? What happens when the churches of a nation are ailing? Doesn’t the government and the entertainment industry dictate moral standards to the people?

When is a church healthy? We can find articles on the subject easily enough. Here are several examples.

However, what these articles don’t make clear is what each of us can do to make our own church stronger and more vibrant. There are two things I think we can each do.

  • The first is to focus on God. Just as theology requires us to focus on God we each need to put Him first. Because we have practiced religion instead of theology, most of us are spiritually immature. God wants us to grow in faith, in knowledge of Him.

    Hebrews 5:12-6:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

    Spiritual Immaturity

    12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the [a]oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are [b]of full age, that is, those who by reason of [c]use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

    The Peril of Not Progressing

    Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to [d]perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this [e]we will do if God permits.

    For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, [f]if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

    For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.

  • The second is that we each need to work to make our own church a community of Christian fellowship, a place where we can strengthen each other spiritually and educate our children and grandchildren. We tend to think of the family as our nation’s building block, but the traditional family doesn’t by itself have the strength to stand alone. The traditional family cannot withstand the growing decadence of our society. Therefore, Christians need to support each other and receive support from each other through our local churches.

    Matthew 12:46-50 New King James Version (NKJV)

    Jesus’ Mother and Brothers Send for Him

    46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. 47 Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”

    48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”

It is Sunday. It is a good day to go to church. Today is a good day to worship and learn how our Lord wants each of us to serve Him.

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HOW WILL REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS SELECT THEIR CANDIDATES THIS YEAR? — PART 1

The Honorable John D. Jenkins

Because of the large number of offices to be filled this year (see WHAT ELECTIONS ARE COMING IN 2019? — PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY), politics in 2019 will be especially complicated. That includes a special election on April 2, 2019 for the member Prince William County Board of Supervisors representing the Neabsco District (see Upcoming Elections, Virginia Department of Elections).

Why the special election? Supervisor John Jenkins died on February 6th.

As the articles below indicate, because Jenkins had more than 180 days remaining on his term of office, state law requires a special election to fill the seat.

To Be Continued

  • Part 2: How Will Republicans Nominate Their Candidates
  • Part 3: How Will Republicans Will Nominate Their Candidates

 

 

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DOES THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING GOV. RALPH NORTHAM MAKE SENSE TO YOU?

Newborn on scale (from here)

Why are some people calling upon Gov. Ralph Northam to resign? Well, read the headlines in the news.

Yet just before the controversy over the 35 year old photos came up, Northam found himself part of another brouhaha. Here Northam argued for infanticide?

Think about this. If we read or listen to Northam’s words, the only logical conclusion is that he was arguing to kill an infant AFTER it had been born. Consider what he said.

The procedures, Northam said in the WTOP interview, are “done in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that’s not viable. So in this particular example, if a mother’s in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” (from here)

When he realized how unpopular his words were, here is what Northam’s office did to correct his words.

Northam’s office later made clear the governor was talking about prognosis and medical treatment, not ending the life of a delivered baby. (from here)

What is curious about Northam’s words? When a baby is delivered, it is not unusual for them to require resuscitation. After all, babies don’t start breathing until after they are delivered. So one way or another he is talking about letting a baby die that could survive after it has been delivered. It is not even a woman’s rights issue. The baby has been delivered.  What does a women’s “right” to choose got to with a baby OUTSIDE the womb?

Did some people misrepresent Northam? Yes. Some did not quote Northam in context. They missed this part: “done in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that’s not viable.” It is unfortunate, but some try to make their opponents appear as bad as possible. Nevertheless, it is strange that Northam is being asked to resign over a stupid, 35 year old joke, not his ridiculous support for an awful public policy proposal.

Arguably, Northam was not even factually incorrect. Abortions, even late term abortions, are mostly performed just because the mother does not want the baby.

How many late term abortions there are every year? About 18,000, 18,000 Babies Die in 3rd-Trimester Abortions Every Year in the United States (lifenews.com). That is more than the number of people killed in the USA by firearms, excluding suicides, Gun Deaths Increased in 2017, Gun Violence Archive Data Show (thetrace.org). Is it not strange that some people get terribly upset about all the deaths from the use of firearms but still ask us to consider 18,000 late term abortions statistically insignificant?

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WHAT ELECTIONS ARE COMING IN 2019? — PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY

If you live in Prince William County, the easiest way to find the – Schedule of Upcoming Elections is to visit pwcvotes.com and click on the link at the bottom right. Since that schedule is maintained by the Va. Dept. of Elections, it is a little confusing. It shows the elections coming up statewide, not just in the county.

What is coming? Here is what the schedule shows.

NOVEMBER 5

Virginia Senate
(40) (4-year term)

House of Delegates
(100) (2-year term)

Soil and Water Directors
(4-year term)

Counties:
4-year terms:

    • *Commonwealth’s Attorney
    • *Sheriff
    • Commissioner of Revenue
    • *Treasurer
    • Boards of Supervisors (95 counties)
    • School Boards (91 counties)

City Council (3 cities)
(terms vary – set by Charter)

City School Board (3 cities)
(terms vary – set by Charter)

Town Council (14 Towns)
(terms vary – set by Charter)

Primary if held: June 11

* If a city shares these offices with a county, then the city elects at the same time as the county.

So what is a bit confusing? Not all the counties in Virginia elect a Commissioner of Revenue or a Treasurer. Apparently, Prince William County is one of the counties the state constitution does not require to elect a Commissioner of Revenue or a Treasurer (See Article VII, Section 4).

How many elections will the residents in Prince William County see on their ballot on November 5, 2019. Nine.

  • Virginia Senate
  • House of Delegates
  • Soil and Water Directors
  • Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Sheriff
  • Chair of the Board of Supervisors
  • District Member of the Board of Supervisors
  • Chair of the School Board
  • District Member of the School Board

Do you want to know who is currently filling the offices we will be voting on in November?  Here are some helpful links.

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WHY THOSE QUESTIONS ON THE PWMFA VOTER GUIDE? — PART 9

This is the last post about the questions our voter guide for the following election, Chairman, Prince William County School Board, At Large. This election is scheduled for November 6, 2018 (see 2018 ELECTIONS).

  • Note that we chose not to publish our voter guide.  However, WHY THOSE QUESTIONS ON THE PWMFA VOTER GUIDE? — PART 7 contains a complete list of the questions and news reports you can read to assess how the candidates might have answered our questions.
  • Since the reasons for including the first and second questions are fairly obvious, we consolidated the explanations into this one post.

First Question

Do you support or oppose allowing home school students to participate in school sports programs?

Why this question? What is there to gain by keeping home school students from participating in school sports programs? Home schooling parents save the tax payers money, but still pay taxes.

Second Question.

Do you support or oppose allowing the school board to have taxing authority to impose taxes dedicated to Prince William county schools?

Some of the members of the school board claim that the Prince William Board of County Supervisors does not give them enough money to spend. If School Board had taxing authority, these board members could make up what they consider a deficit in funding. On the other hand, we would be paying higher taxes, and no single body would be squarely responsible for the setting the overall tax load the citizenry would have to bear.

Please do appropriate research before you vote. Then please vote for those candidates you believe will do the best job for the children in our county.

Thank you and God bless.

Here are the previous posts in this series:

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