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 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.

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.

Posted in Citizen Responsibilities

IT’S TIME FOR PUSH-BACK!

Newborn on scale (from here)

Even before they convene we know that the newly elected delegates and senators in Richmond will move quickly to legalize abortion through the third trimester of pregnancy. Murder of a viable infant at a nine-month abortion has been termed ‘infanticide’ by pro-lifers. Pro-choicers label it a choice to be made by a woman and her physician even while the baby lies on a table doomed to die from neglect. Farmers on Dr. Pol’s vet programs care more about new-born calves than calloused doctors and selfish women care about human infants!

II Timothy 3:1-3 says, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, WITHOUT NATURAL AFFECTION, etc.” It doesn’t even hurt those women to let their babies die!

Most of the counties in Virginia rose up ‘in arms’ and passed resolutions against gun control in any form when they heard the proposed negative agenda of the incoming lawmakers. As a result, Governor Northam has had to back down from threatened legislation to ban assault weapons already possessed by private citizens! Is it possible that such a wave of anger could wash through our state again and instigate the same movement against third trimester abortion and ‘infanticide?’

Did you know that in anticipation of Roe v Wade being overturned by the SCOTUS, many small towns in west Texas are enacting legislation that forbids abortion facilities from locating in their town limits? Decisions about abortion will rest with the states, and Texans want no part in snuffing out innocent lives! They are being proactive and Virginians need to be, too!

We must do the same thing about pornographic sex education in our schools. Prince William County schools have been spared the gross curriculum yet, but the LGBTQ movement is well aware that our children are not being indoctrinated. Activists will press their agenda on the incoming school board or, even worse, on Virginia’s Board of Education. Snowflakes will cave to their demands unless citizens rise up and push back—HARD!

But push-back must come before legislation is enacted. There isn’t much time left! Where are those voices who will no longer tolerate the trampling of our rights and decency? Let them be heard loud and clear! The time to act is NOW!

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

Note:  Here the websites for the Virginia General Assembly, BOARD OF COUNTY SUPERVISORS, and the School Board. If you have a new representative, please note that the contact information has not yet been updated. In that case, please use the contact information on their campaign website.

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RESURRECTING THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT — PART 2

From here.

I had intended to finish this series before the election on November 5, 2019. That did not happen, unfortunately. Still, Conservative groups need to spread the word and fight ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

In Part 1 of this series, we introduced this discussion of this strange, renewed effort to pass the ERA. Here we will consider a couple of emails Delegate Bob Marshall sent out to warn people about this problem.

This email contained an attachment, a fact sheet that I have linked to.

Date: August 9, 2019 11:45 AM

Subject: ERA November 2019

While the ERA polls well in Virginia, the policies that it mandates are supported only by a small percentage of the public.

I have compiled in a fact sheet on the main consequences of the ERA based on my reading the original source documents including ERA congressional hearings, debates and court decisions.

Democrats nationwide will certainly try to use the ERA to beat Virginia Republicans in 2019. Virginia is the only state which never approved the ERA which has elections in 2019. There are 192 co-sponsors (overwhelmingly Democrat) of a Congressional Resolution to purportedly remove the ERA ratification time limit.

Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy spoke at a recent pro-ERA meeting in the US Senate sponsored by Sen. Cardin (D-MD) and Sen. Murkowski (R-AK). Foy said that Virginia is the center of ERA activism because of what they anticipate will be a Democrat wave in 2019. (The Supreme Court Redistricting decision certainly helps them.)

Foy and other Democrats vehemently deny any link between the ERA and abortion and the other detrimental consequences the ERA will produce. I compiled this fact sheet to counteract Democrat propaganda.

Here are four ERA consequences (I have more in my material) that tilt against the Democrats.

• The ERA would mandate abortion funding, remove conscience protections and end all restrictions on abortions throughout all 9 months of pregnancy;

• The ERA would require women to be drafted if men are, and force women into front-line combat even without a draft;

• The ERA would end privacy rights for women/girls during TSA or police pat downs, and in locker rooms, changing areas, prisons, hospitals and women-only homeless shelters;

• The ERA would end female sports including chances for scholarships.

Bob

PS Please share this ERA info widely in church bulletins, etc.

This next email describes and provides links to a series of podcasts.

Date: September 7, 2019 11:24 AM

Subject: Anti-ERA Podcasts – Del. Bob Marshall

Democrat Members of Congress are attempting to use illicit methods to breathe life into the dead Equal Rights Amendment which is still a bad idea 37 years after it expired in 1972.  In the Virginia General Assembly this year, the ERA came within a single vote of passing!

I have prepared nine Reclaiming the Republic podcasts analyzing the Equal Rights Amendment based on Congressional Hearings, floor debate, court cases, law review journals, and other documents with quotes from proponents and opponents.

This critical battle is being waged now!  Passage of a federal ERA would embed abortion in our US Constitution, force women into combat, and end any separation of the sexes in prisons, shelters, sports, etc.

You can Listen to my “Reclaiming the Republic” Podcast at the Apple link: 

Share these podcasts with friends and vote against any candidate who supports the ERA.  We must stop the  illegitimate and dishonest effort by ERA zealots to amend the U.S. Constitution with three rather than the 38 states required by our Constitution.

Bob Marshall

Since Marshall prepared his factsheet and those podcasts, ERA advocates have obtained a majority in the Virginia legislature. Can they be stopped from ratifying the ERA. If sufficient public pressure is brought to bear that is possible. Most politicians pay attention when their constituents contact them.

Note again that the text of the ERA states that men and women will be treated equally, without qualification, under the law. Should men and women be equal before the law? Yes, but men and women are not the same, and the law should provide enough latitude to sensibly recognize those differences. Because women have the vote, women can vote for the leaders they want. Women can vote for the leaders to pass the laws they want. That being obviously the case, then how does it advantage women to allow a bunch of so-called feminists to undermine the ability of women to vote for leaders who will protect them from abuse? How does it help anyone to pretend that there are no differences between the sexes?

Here are some recent articles on the ERA. The so-called feminists don’t intend to let anything stop them.

Why has this foolish constitutional amendment gotten so far? The answer is that Liberals/Progressives/Socialists don’t give up. They may choose to support some of the most awful causes, but we have to admire their determination and imitate that determination in our opposition.

Consider the alternative to staying out of politics. Is politics a dirty business? Yep! But what is the alternative? Well, it is this. If we let unscrupulous people run our government, Christian will eventually be forced to choose between martyring other Christians or becoming a martyr. As bad as politics may be, not participating in politics is far worse.

 

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NO GAIN WITHOUT PAIN!

An iPhone 11 in White (from here)

No parent intentionally allows harm to come to their children. No parent willfully neglects their offspring…but their ignorance can cause irreversible changes that affect kids’ brains. Parents can control those changes. Namely, are you managing your kids’ use of electronic devices?

Well-documented research demonstrates that when kids are exposed to extensive use of smart phones, tablets, computer internet, social media, video games, TV and other electronics, their developing brains are short-circuited, sometimes permanently. Certainly, that isn’t something you would purposely allow.

Disconnected: How to Reconnect Our Digitally Distracted Kids documents the research of Thomas Kersting, a high school counselor and therapist. Starting in 2009, his committee began receiving referrals for students newly diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Actual ADHD is usually diagnosed in children beginning at age five with the average age of diagnosis being eight years old. But these were teen agers never diagnosed until high school. Something had changed the pattern and Kersting wanted to find out why. Long story short, he found that when the human brain is stimulated by technology, certain circuits are excited, while others are neglected and weaken. Kids’ brains are still developing and are particularly sensitive to modern technology, but with detrimental effects.

Neuroplasticity is a term that means the brain can undergo changes, leaving established circuits behind and making new ones according to the length of time and kind of format they’re exposed to by electronic stimulation. The changes are reflected as inattentiveness, lack of focus and disorganization, all symptoms of ADHD. With that kind of brain stimulation, kids are less likely to deal with complex information and analysis of it. The old adage applies: “Use it or lose it.”

When Kersting read the elementary and middle school records of the students newly diagnosed with ADHD in his high school, he found no references to ADHD symptoms or behavior. Yet, now these same students were being put on ADHD medications to treat their symptoms!

Rather than doing a book review here, I suggest you read Kersting’s book. It’s available in print and e-book formats and is well worth the read. It behooves you to become well acquainted with the effects of electronic media on your kids’ brains, so you have good answers for them when you regulate the use of their phones, computers and other devices they use.

Dr. Mari Swingle, a practicing psychologist and neurofeedback practitioner in Vancouver, BC, has done extensive studies on the effect of electronic media on the human brain, especially of children. She, too, identifies the negative effects of prolonged brain stimulation on the development of healthy and necessary neural circuits in kids’ developing brains. While her book is more technical in content, it is very readable and enlightening. It, too, is available as a Kindle download.

A recent publication, Prowess: The Man You Were Meant To Be by Chuck Holton is aimed at addicted boys over the age of 13 who are enslaved to wasting time at home playing video games and other electronic amusement. Holton challenges his readers to become real men, pull themselves up by the bootstraps and off the couch to do things for others. Parents can read the first chapter of his book free at: www.lifezette.com/2019/11/letter-to-young-gamer-other-humans/?utm_source=activeengage&utm_medium=email.

None of the authors are against electronics, but they strongly advocate that their use be limited to a few hours a day during students’ developmental years–that extend into young adulthood! Smart phones should be charged in a place other than kids’ bedrooms, so users are not tempted to go online after parents believe they’re asleep. Parents should put controls on what their kids can access on their smart phones and computers, too. More and more young people look at pornography, which is addictive and contaminates their right appraisal of sexuality, as well as forming harmful neural circuits in the brain.

If you are a millennial, you, too, may use your phone and/or computer to excess, especially to look at social media sites. It may be difficult or uncomfortable for you to socialize with other people and to make eye contact with them, as a result.  As a parent, you must intentionally limit your use of electronics to spend more time communicating with your family to form a cohesive family unit. You’ll also set an example for your kids to follow.

We are part of the electronic age, but we must control our devices and not let them control us. It’s not easy to change a habit, but the gain will be worth the pain! Try it.

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

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