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.

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WILL A NEW VIRGINIA LAW INTERFERE WITH OUR RIGHT AND A RESPONSIBILITY TO DISCRIMINATE?

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, by Howard Chandler Christy. (from here)

Think for a moment about the First Amendment.

Amendment I (archives.gov)

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

We have a right to discriminate and choose our religious beliefs. We have a right to discriminate in our words and deeds, to live in accordance with our religious beliefs. We have a right to discriminate in our choice of words; we each get to choose what write and read. We have the right to discriminate and choose the people we want to associate with; we can even choose the people we want to work with to affect governmental changes.

So, is “discrimination” a bad thing? Consider the history of the word.

discriminate (v.)

1620s, “distinguish from something else or from each other, observe or mark the differences between,” from Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare “to divide, separate,” from discrimen (genitive discriminis) “interval, distinction, difference,” derived noun from discernere “to separate, set apart, divide, distribute; distinguish, perceive,” from dis- “off, away” (see dis-) + cernere “distinguish, separate, sift” (from PIE root *krei- “to sieve,” thus “discriminate, distinguish”).

The adverse sense, “make invidious distinctions prejudicial to a class of persons” (usually based on race or color) is first recorded 1866 in American English. Positive sense remains in discriminating. Related: Discriminated.

Don’t we have a responsibility to discriminate — to discern — the difference between good and evil? Yet because of the negative connotation that has been added the word, we now use the word “discriminate” less and less in a good sense. Nevertheless, we spend our days distinguishing the differences between people, places, and things. Isn’t voting, the way we choose our leaders, all about discriminating between the candidates?

So, why do we need this bill, SB 868 Discrimination; prohibited in public accommodations, etc., causes of action? The Virginia Senate passed SB 868 yesterday. Therefore, the bill is going to our governor for his signature. What does SB 868 do? The bill adds discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of prohibitions against discrimination. So, the law will prohibit race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, and gender identity as the bases for discrimination.

What is especially odd about the new additions? Sexual orientation and gender identity only “exist” in the mind. So, we cannot objective determine anyone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Are prohibitions against discrimination good idea? Do such prohibitions actually square with the First Amendment? Why don’t we add political affiliation, scent, body mass index, accent, charisma, wealth, food preferences, education level, age and whatever else seems like a good idea?

If we want to live in a free country, then we must allow each other to discriminate in our choices, but where do we draw the line? Where does the choice of one person infringe upon the rights of another?

Your Liberty To Swing Your Fist Ends Just Where My Nose Begins. (from here (quoteinvestigator.com))

Because it acts in our name and administers justice, we all obviously have an interest in preventing inappropriate discrimination by government. Still, because we each have our own beliefs, we find it difficult for us to agree. What is inappropriate discrimination? How much do we want our political leaders with this decision? Because our leaders must discriminate when the government hires people and administers justice, they must legislate ground rules for the government, but what our our private choices?

Do we actually share a common interest in using the government to prevent private individuals from discriminating inappropriately? The Constitution, especially the First Amendment, certainly suggests otherwise. Moreover, when the government stands aside, society and economics punish inappropriate discrimination. When we discriminate inappropriately, we make a bad decision. Don’t we all discriminate against people who have a habit of making bad decisions? Do any of us want to give up the company of someone who would be a good friend just to conform to the desires of a bigot? What about business people? Do business people want to give up potential customers just to conform to the desires of a bigot? That is good for business?

Please carefully consider SB 868. Is this needed legislation, or is it just an attempt by special interest groups to impose their values upon the rest of us?

Remember. As citizens, we have the right to work to ensure our government conforms with our beliefs. If we don’t want special interests using the government to force us to practice beliefs we condemn, we must act. We must take an active role as citizens.

  • We must become informed.
  • We must work to nominate and elect good candidates for public office.
  • We must hold the people we elect accountable.

To remain a free people, when we vote, we must discriminate wisely.

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General Assembly – Week 7 Recap: Religious Liberty and Budget — From The Family Foundation

(from here)

If we want to push back a radical agenda, knowledge itself is power.  Want some knowledge? Here is an email The Family Foundation. The same information is on their website, GENERAL ASSEMBLY WEEK 7 RECAP: RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND BUDGET.

Victoria Cobb, President
Saturday, February 22, 2020

With only fourteen more days left until the 2020 General Assembly Session adjourns, there’s still a lot of work to do on a number of bills, as well as the 2020-2022 biennium budget.  Of course, the issue that’s ablaze in Virginia right now is legislation that’s targeting religious freedom by seeking to elevate “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI) above fundamental and constitutionally protected religious freedoms.

Ever since we sounded the alarm about the impact that bills like HB 1049 (D-Levine), HB 1663 (D-Sickles) and SB 868 (D-Ebbin) will have on churches and religious schools, in our alert, “This Bill Will Destroy Churches and Religious Schools!,” the response has helped change the trajectory of these bills.  Instead of cruising through both chambers, both HB 1663 and SB 868 are now facing opposition from the business community as well as a broad spectrum of faith-based organizations.  And then following a Religious Liberty Press Conference earlier this week with faith leaders, representatives of churches and religious schools, and already-victimized individuals who voiced their concerns over these dangerous bills, local and national media are now covering the issue.  Here are a few links to articles on the subject:

Next week the Senate General Laws committee will hear both HB 1663 and HB 1049 which were taken by this week in order to continue working on potential amendments.  Over in the full House SB 868 was passed by for four days in row, another good sign that amendments are boing worked into the legislation.  What remains to be seen is the nature of the amendments (if any are made) and whether they provide any real protections for churches and religious organizations.  For a more in-depth update read our blog Status of Bills Attacking Religious Freedom.

Also this week the Democrat-led House and Senate passed their own budget plans (HB 30 and SB 30), which among other things restore funding for abortions.  After adding language that brought Virginia in line with the federal “Hyde Amendment” last year, both budget versions this year will allow Virginia to fund abortions in cases of rape, incest, to save the life of the mother, and if the baby has a fetal abnormality.  Both budgets also continue funding the “LARC” program which funnels $2 million each year to Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics to pay for and insert intrauterine devices (IUDs).

Finally, the budgets also included additional funding and full time employees for the Attorney General’s Division of Human Rights to implement legislation (like HB 1663 and SB 868) that add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes under Virginia law.  This funding and the new positions are all part of the Left’s scheme to “Seek and Destroy” Christian churches, schools, non-profits, and business owners who dare to defy the state’s view of marriage and sexuality.

Here are some other highlights for the week which include good news, the unfortunate passage of certain bills, as well as some bills (both good and bad) that are still alive in committee or about to be voted on by the full House or Senate.

Some good news….

Continued to 2021 – Legitimizing Suicide – HB 1063 (D-Kory) abolishes the common-law crime of suicide. Senate Judiciary voted 10-3 to continue the bill until 2021.

Passed House – Requiring Online Posting of FLE content – HB 1394 (R-Leftwich), a bill that TFF initiated, requires each local school board to make sex-education materials available to parents on the school division’s official website either on its public domain or through a parent portal. The bill passed the Senate Education and Health Committee 12-3.

Unfortunately, the following bills passed this week….

Gambling Expansion (Casinos, Sports Betting, Internet Lottery) –SB 36 (D-Lucas), which passed the House 66-31, will allow casinos in up to five localities (Bristol, Danville, Richmond, Virginia Beach/Norfolk, and Portsmouth) if approved through a local referendum. SB 384 (D-McPike) passed the House 59-38, and will legalize sports betting at both a central location and online. Last, SB 922 (R-Norment), which allows lottery tickets to be sold over the internet, passed the House 73-26.  These gambling bills will bring increased crime, more addictions and the overall degradation of our communities and society.

Statewide “Transgender” Policies in Schools – HB 145 (D-Simon) passed the Senate 22-18 and SB 161 (D-Boysko) passed the House 58-40.  They direct the Department of Education to develop model policies for all local school divisions on how they must handle “transgender” students in facilities use, pronoun use, etc.

Sex Change on Birth Certificate By Request  – SB 657 (D-Boysko) allows anyone to legally “change” their birth sex on their official birth certificate by doing nothing more than make a simple request to the State Registrar using a form, along with a simple doctor’s note. The bill specifically says the Registrar shall not require any evidence or documentation of any medical procedure.  It passed the House 52-45.  An identical bill, HB 1041 (D-Simon), will be heard in the Senate Education and Health committee this week.

Bills still alive in committees…

Expanded and Unsafe Abortion Access – HB 980  (D-Herring) and SB 733 (D-McClellan) i) allows almost anyone – not just physicians – to perform abortions, including physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners and even certified nurse midwives; ii) eliminates all requirements involved with informed consent prior to an abortion, including written materials and even the performance of an ultrasound before performing an abortion so that the woman has the opportunity to see the image and hear the baby’s heartbeat; iii) removes the 24 hour wait period between the ultrasound and abortion; (iv) eliminates all the health and safety regulations and oversight from the state’s abortion centers that have proven so very necessary; and v) removes the civil penalties for abortionists who failed to do these things.

HB 980 passed the Senate Judiciary committee 9-6 and SB 733 will be heard by the House Courts of Justice committee.

Popular Vote Compact  HB 177 would enjoin Virginia to the National Voter Compact, which would effectively eliminate the Electoral College in favor of a national popular presidential vote if enough states enter into it. The bill passed the House 51-46 and will be heard in the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee this Tuesday.

Gambling Expansion (Casinos, Sports Betting) – HB 4 (R-Knight), (identical to SB 36), which allows casinos in up to five localities (Bristol, Danville, Richmond, Virginia Beach/Norfolk, and Portsmouth) if approved through a local referendum passed Senate General Laws and Technology 11-1.  HB 896 (D-Sickles), which passed Senate General Laws and Technology 13-0, will legalize sports betting at both a central location and online.

Legalization of Recreational Marijuana – SB 2 (D-Ebbin) passed House Appropriations 16-6, and HB 972 (D-Herring) passed the Senate Judiciary 10-4 and was referred to Senate Finance and Appropriations.  They decriminalize (effectively the same thing as “legalizing”) marijuana in Virginia.

Transportation Taxes and Fees – HB 1414 (D-Filler-Corn) is a massive transportation bill that will impose more taxes and fees on every hard-working Virginian. It passed 55-43.

Plastic Bag Tax – HB 534 (D-Carr) imposes a regressive statewide fee of five cents per bag on disposable plastic bags, with a few exemptions. It passed 52-46.

To review what’s happened throughout the General Assembly session you can click on any of the links below to read the previous weekly recaps.

Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Things To Keep An Eye On At The Half-way PointMid-session Report Card on Religious Freedom, Week 6

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PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN!

California’s state flag (from here)

Planned Parenthood (PP) is at it again! The organization offered to establish “Wellbeing Centers” within 50 Los Angles public schools and split the cost with the school board—and it’s a done deal! The ‘contract’ is good for three years at a cost of $6 million paid by PP (PP is funded largely by federal funds—taxpayer money) and $10 million footed by taxpayers of Los Angles County.

The Centers will provide sexually-transmitted disease testing and treatment, pregnancy counseling, and offer a range of birth control options to students. In addition, teens will be trained to become “peer advocates” to advocate for PP’s “safe sex.” No abortions will be performed on site, though it’s obvious that students who want an abortion will have ready referral to those services, as well.

On the surface, all sounds well. However, the ‘approval’ of sexual activity made ‘safe’ so there’s no disease transmitted or baby conceived only increases students’ comfort level with such behavior and actually approves it. Within the stated services being offered to students, there’s apparently no mention of the sanctity of marriage.

Speaking of parental rights or lack thereof, neither parents or school administrators will be permitted to access what occurs in appointments students make with Center personnel unless the student gives their permission (https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/planned-parenthood-infiltrates-50-california-public-schools, Friday, December 13, 2019). So, minors have more rights than their parents on this front, though uninformed parents are held financially responsible if medical procedures incur expense.

Florida’s state flag (from here)

Florida, on the other hand, just passed legislation that requires abortionists to have a “notarized written statement signed by a minor and either her mother, her father, or her legal guardian” agreeing that “the abortion is in the best interest of the minor.” According to ABC News, the legislation was passed the week of February 17, 2020 (http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/florida-senate-votes-to-force-abortionists-to-get-parental-consent, Friday, February 21, 2020.)

At their core, these are not political or economic issues. Sexual activity and abortion are moral issues, and our nation is being engulfed by immorality in many ‘costumes’ that hide its seriousness! Our children are being sexualized by our schools!

As parents and community leaders, we need to rise up and take a stand against this perversity of law! We need to protect our children and their innocence from being ravaged by legal voyeurism. Attend school board meetings and speak up about proposed policies that will harm your children. Contact your legislators at the state and federal levels and voice your opposition to bills that violate your moral standards. Wake up and take action before it’s too late!

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

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