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 2019 election cycle.
    • 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.
    • 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

HATRED PROVIDES A DIMINISHING MARGIN OF RETURNS

We are witnessing a strange sort of war. There are few explosions. Gun shots are rare. Still, there is plenty of outrage, anger, and hatred. The oddity is that instead of volumes of blood being spilt ink flows freely.

Why ink instead of blood?

The pen is mightier than the sword… — Edward Bulwer-Lytton (from here (en.wikipedia.org))

America is still a place where even our most seemingly enraged leaders find persuasion more effective and far safer than trying to marshal thugs and scheming soldiers to their cause. Nevertheless, just as the art of war requires the careful application of strategy and tactics so does persuasion. What follows is an example, The one lesson Trump’s enemies just can’t understand by Monica Crowley.

There is one lesson from President Nixon that applies not to President Trump, but to his adversaries on the left and in the media. “Always remember,” Nixon said during his 1974 farewell address, “others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.”

Mr. Trump enjoys toying with their hatred, particularly as it’s destroying them instead of destroying him.

In economic theory, the law of diminishing returns refers to the point at which profits or benefits of an endeavor begin to decrease as the resources put into it stay constant or increase. (continued here (washingtontimes.com))

Uncontrolled hatred is of little use in both warfare and politics. Hatred undermines discipline. An undisciplined army can be destroyed piecemeal and is subject to ambushes. Similarly, an undisciplined political party is blind to its own failings.

Ephesians 4:26-27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

26 Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity.

 

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THE POLITICAL ROLE OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

What is the role of Christians in politics? Jesus asked us to be salt and light.

Matthew 5:13-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
Believers Are Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

What is the meaning of salt and light in this passage? What does it mean that believers are to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16)? (gotquestions.org):

  • Salt preserves –prevents rot — and influences the taste. As followers of Christ, we must stand against evil and influence our society positively.
  • Light chases away the darkness. Through our good deeds, Christ calls upon Christian churches, like a city on a hill, to let His glory shine through to the world.

Note that in the passage cited above “you” is used in the plural. Christ calls Christians to work together to perform good works that glorify our Father in heaven.

How does Christ’s call for good works apply to our political system? Consider that a city is a political entity. A city shines because it is well run. To make our communities shine, Christians must strive for moral laws and against government corruption.

How do we do this? Take the time to examine The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12). That Bible passage immediately precedes the passage that tells us to be salt and light. Here Jesus blesses the humble and the righteous, those who seek justice, not those who seek governmental power to force their beliefs on others. Christianity is not about making other people do stuff. Christians love their neighbors. They don’t boss them around. We recognize the fact that each of us belongs to God. Hence Christians don’t seek to maximize government power. We seek government that does what government must do well.

In Matthew 22:21, Jesus tells us to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. How do we determine what we should render to Caesar? How do we determine what we should render to God? These are questions Christian churches need to answer. Members of Christian churches should seek guidance from the Bible and their pastors. If we want to be salt and light we must have answers.

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VOTER GUIDES AND UPDATED CANDIDATE SURVEYS

We have started distributing our voter guides to help the Republican and Democratic Parties select their nominees. Our goal is to get the candidates on the record with respect to issues that affect the family.

Thus far we have had great success. In support of the Republican Firehouse Primaries (scheduled for May 4th), we have received completed candidate surveys from all but one of the candidates in the contested races. Check the following links for the latest.

We are now in the process of distributing printed versions of our voter guides for the Republican Firehouse Primaries to local area Christian churches.

Would you like to help? Here is what you can do.

  • Take a moment to read our candidate surveys and voter guides. Is this information helpful? Don’t you want voters to know about the upcoming Republican and Democrat nominating elections? Don’t you want voters to know where the candidates stand on the issues? Then encourage your pastor to make the printed copies of our voter guides available.
  • Do you intend to participate in either the Republican or Democratic nominating elections? Do you have friends who intend to participate? Then please print copies of our voter guides and give them to your friends.
  • On June 11th we will have primary elections in support of both the Democratic and Republican Parties. Since the Republican Party is using firehouse primaries to select most of its candidates, the candidates participating in the June 11th primary election will mostly be on the Democratic ballot. If you are voting in the Democratic primary election and you want to know where the candidates stand, please ask the candidates to fill out and return our survey/questionnaire. If you let them know you care, they will care.
  • Finally, please contact the candidates who filled out our survey and let them know you appreciate their honesty.
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INSTITUTIONALIZING BEGGING IN AMERICA

Begging is not exactly something new in the USA. We have lots of various private charitable organizations asking for money, and we all give to some of them. What is still new in my experience is panhandling, more appropriately called begging.

I am a senior citizen. I don’t personally remember George Washington, but I do remember the sexual revolution, the assassination of JFK, the moon landings, and the endless political bickering during the Vietnam War. Back then panhandlers — beggars — were rare. Homelessness was also unusual. What happened?

It seems to me that back then Americans institutionalized those who could not take care of themselves, especially the mentally ill, and our charitable organizations, both private and government, were relatively effective in aiding the poor. How did we lose the capacity to deal with these problems?

Now, even though unemployment is at record lows, panhandling — begging — seems to be rapidly on the increase. Panhandlers on street corners are commonplace. It is no longer unusual to be accosted between our cars and the entrance of a store and asked for money.

Moreover, venues for begging seem to be expanding. Recently, when I was sitting in a restaurant, a lady came up to me and shoved her little piece of wrinkled paper at me. As usual, the writing was in bold print. She wanted a handout. I looked to her right. She had a little girl’s hand in her hand.

What should I do? Since the lady was Hispanic, I could not question her. Was the child hers? Or had she just acquired the little girl to gain the sympathy of potential marks? Who had put her up to this? Was she also being used?

I still don’t know the answers to those questions. I just know that the advice on the Internet for dealing with panhandlers — beggars — is useless. We still have organizations for helping the poor, but why don’t the websites that give advice on panhandling mention them?

What do I know? I know beggars were once rare in the USA. Instead of letting problems related to poverty fester, previous generations dealt with them.

Now? Now we have opened our borders and invited the world’s poor to descend upon us and beg from us while we eat. Stupid! Who but the devil gains by making a problem worse?

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SURVEY RESPONSES FROM THE CANDIDATES FOR COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY COMPETING FOR THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION

Here are the survey responses we currently have from candidates for Commonwealth’s Attorney of Prince William County. Thus far we have sought responses only from those in contested firehouse primary races (see CONTESTED RACES IN THE PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE’S PARTY CANVAS).

Commonwealth’s Attorney (County-Wide) — Open Seat

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