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

RESURRECTING THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT — PART 1

From here.

An Introduction

What was the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)? It was a proposed amendment to the Constitution. The text in the figure above is what the ERA was suppose to be, but the states never ratified it.

Why didn’t the states ratify the ERA? Well, the process of amending the Constitution is laborious for a reason. As people began to think about it, they began to realize that the ERA would cause more trouble than good. Passage of the ERA would require the government to treat men an women without regard to their differences, not just as equal before the law.

Consider some articles on the history of the ERA.

  • Equal Rights Amendment (en.wikipedia.org): Leans toward the Liberal Democrats.
  • ERA History (equalrightsamendment.org): This is the work of an ERA advocacy group. This group appears to view the ERA as completing the task of giving women the right to vote and full citizenship.
  • 57c. The Equal Rights Amendment (www.ushistory.org): Written as a chapter of US History.
  • Equal Rights Amendment (britannica.com): The viewpoint of the authors of “Encyclopedia Britannica”.

What becomes apparent when we read these histories? Conservative opposition, once aroused, brought the ratification of the ERA to standstill. People began to realize that the ERA would require our government to treat women and men as if the two sexes are identical. Commonsense says women and men are not the same, and a little thought suggests we will run into some real problems if we try to treat men and women as if they are the same.

Unfortunately, the ERA is not dead. After almost 40 years, people have forgotten what is wrong with the idea. Moreover, advocates are making up their own rules. In spite of the fact advocates failed to get enough states to ratify the bill within the time Congress had allotted for ratification, ERA advocates in Virginia are still pushing for ratification in Virginia and trying to make an issue out of the ERA in the 2019 elections.

So we need to talk about the ERA. Fortunately, to make it easier to come up to speed on the subject, Bob Marshall has compiled a fact sheet for us (see ERA Consequences Factsheet).

Since Marshall’s factsheet is seven pages long there is much to digest. So this series is designed to help us read the factsheet in bitesize chunks and encourage people to download and read it.

What are the remaining parts of this series of posts?

Marshall sent out his Factsheet in an email. His email describes the effort to ratify the ERA in Virginia. This will be Part 2 of this series.

Part 3 – 6 cover the four consequences of ratifying the ERA.

  • Part3: The ERA would mandate abortion funding, remove conscience protections and end all restrictions on abortions throughout all 9 months of pregnancy;
  • Part 4: The ERA would require women to be drafted if men are, and force women into front-line combat even without a draft;
  • Part 5: 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;
  • Part 6: The ERA would end female sports including chances for scholarships.
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ONLY NATIONAL ELECTIONS REALLY MATTER…

Only National elections really matter. I’ll vote in 2020, but not this year. Local and state races don’t concern me.

Really? Are you sure about that? Did you know that most restrictions on parental rights are determined at the state and/or local levels? Consider the following:

  • Unless the child gave permission, a mother in Minnesota could not access her children’s medical records if the kids were 11 years or older NOR could she discuss their health with the doctor.
  • In California students can obtain confidential releases from school for certain medical appointments without parental notification.
  • In Minnesota again, ANY MINOR regardless of age, may give consent for mental or other health services to determine or treat pregnancy or conditions associated with it, venereal disease, alcohol and other drug abuse without the consent of any other person—that includes you, the parent. However, there is a provision that as a parent you can be notified if your child is receiving an abortion.
  • In Illinois a mom was refused twice in her requests to opt out her daughter from sexual education because she found the lecture content was objectionable. Thirty-five (35) states require sex education in the school curriculum and 11 of them do not permit opting out.

These are just a few of the parental rights being legislated away at the state or local levels. So, it does matter whom you elect as Delegates and Senators to Richmond, as well as your local School Board members. These policy makers determine what your kids are taught in school (even about you, the parent, and what kids control about their health instead of you).

Thus far, Virginia permits kids under 18 to consent to treatment with/for contraceptive devices, sexually transmitted diseases, prenatal care, adoption, and medical care for a minor’s child. Parental consent is still required if a child is to have an abortion. But—that could change, depending on who is elected in 2019!

Find out who is running for Delegate, Senator and School Board in your district. If you’re not sure, voter guides will be available on this web site and/or your place of worship prior to the election. In the meantime, you can do some research on your own by going to local newspaper web sites, doing searches on the internet, or using social media.

And, check out https://parentalrightsfoundation.org for more information about how to be involved. Politics are for keeps, my friend, and your child is caught between you and our governing officials. Know who you’re voting for and why. Be sure they represent your views! Cast an informed vote on November 5!

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

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