t’s official. We’ve finally moved into our new building!
But it’s not just any building. A mid-nineteenth century four-story Greek Revival historic town house tucked among city sky scrapers in downtown Richmond, buttressed by a significant rear add-on with additional space, accented with a large and fully-enclosed courtyard and three walk-out balconies, all just a block and a half away from the state Capitol. And only by God’s unforeseen but abundantly clear leading, coupled with the faithful partnership of supporters like you, we are now the owners
This afternoon, in an extremely rare and unexpected twist in the abortion industry’s zealous efforts to strike down nearly all of Virginia’s abortion restrictions, Judge Henry E. Hudson issued a sudden 180-reversal from his devastating decision last week declaring that non-doctors can commit abortions in Virginia.
With virtually no control over what happens next, this is yet another moment for all pro-life Virginians to reflect on one unasailable reality: Elections have consequences. That being true, while we may have little control, we have the ear of the One who has all control. Please join me in praying for the outcome of this case to be fully argued on May 20th. So much is at stake for so many who need the laws' protection.
A few weeks ago, I told you about an attempt by a state agency to target and punish faith-based counselors who would simply help a minor work through struggles with unwanted sexual attractions or gender dysphoria. Now, there are several state licensing boards with clear ideological motives that are aiming to do the very same thing. This time, it’s the Board of Counseling, and they need to hear from you!
Pictures at top show a sampling of the crowd and an, "In God We Trust" banner. Immediately above, Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb offers a prayer. Williamsburg resident Tom Morr, in Colonial attire, earlier addressed attendees on the historical significance of the day and contemporary importance of the commemoration.
Please join us tomorrow, June 1, as we unite in Colonial Williamsburg for another year with concerned citizens from Hampton Roads and across the Commonwealth to call out to God to restore our nation to its Judeo-Christian principles and heal our land. The event commemorates the historic action taken by Virginia leaders more than 225 years ago in the same streets when they found themselves in need of God's intervention.
On June 1, 1774, the Virginia House of Burgesses called a Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer as American colonists called out to the Lord to intervene during the crisis that followed the British closing of Boston Harbor. Today, our foes are much different, but they are just as real. Whether the attack is on life, on marriage or on religious liberty, we know that there are real threats to our freedom, liberty and prosperity.
The Family Foundation is joining with an ad hoc group called Virginians for Liberty asking the Lord to have mercy on us and heal our land. Please see respected historian David Barton address this very important event in the video below.
We will assemble at the Colonial Capitol on Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg promptly at 8:00 a.m. and walk to Bruton Parish Church where prayers will be offered along with some 18th-century hymns. This will cover several blocks, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. We will finish promptly at 9:00 a.m. Bring a U.S., Virginia or Christian flag and wave it as a symbol of your devotion to this cause.
After consulting with officials in Williamsburg, we encourage you to park either in the surface lots or the parking deck adjacent to Merchants Square, right next to Colonial Williamsburg. A previous recommendation, to park near Bassett Hall, is not available to the public. Merchants Square is more convenient to where we will conclude our prayer walk, making the walk back to our cars shorter.
Historian David Barton speaks to the importance of this important event: the one 225 years ago and the one tomorrow.
What a breath of fresh air! Not only does he give voice, reason and fact to what I always instinctively and academically believed was our Founding Fathers' actual intent regarding religious liberty, he also has thousands of original period documents which prove the point — that nowhere in the constitution can it be construed that government is hostile to religious expression, whether in private or public. No one in America has done more research from original sources on this topic than David Barton and he can quote from them faster than I can items from a fast food menu. It's hard to imagine a more informed person on this subject — anywhere.
He also points to hundreds of events from the period, long neglected in the classroom, that flesh out principles by which these Founders lived, argued, fought and died. Actions do speak louder than words, even words on paper, and the same men who put those words to paper participated in events that today would have them fined, suspended, fired or kicked out of club, association, job or public position. Go figure. In the end, though, no one is better than simply explaining the simple or basic elements of an already straightforward document: Congress shall establish no law . . . how does that translate to prohibiting a prayer to Jesus at a high school graduation? Or state police chaplains praying in Jesus' name? Or a city council opening its session with a prayer? How are public acts of prayer a Congressional law establishing a religion? Maybe if secularists just read the constitution they would come to understand this themselves. Otherwise, we are left to think they have a blatant disregard for it and are intent on nothing less than to "transform" America.
No one exemplifies this misguided, misinterpreted, contorted, secularist slant on the constitution in pop culture more than Jon Stewart. I give him credit for inviting Mr. Barton on his show (at the insistence of another guest, former Arkansas Governor and another friend of The Family Foundation, Mike Huckabee). But it was nothing more than mismatch, a true learning moment for Mr. Stewart.
Learning curve: David Barton taught Jon Stewart, a William & Mary grad (and not his real name), a good deal Wednesday night on The Daily Show. (Part 1 is mainly introductory talk.)
It's unfair debating a left-wing celebrity type, but instructive: Stewart gives truth to the adage "That a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing."
The Family Foundation will commemorate that important prayer event on Wednesday, June 1, in the historic colonial capital, with the ad hoc group Virginians for Liberty, to ask the Lord to have mercy on us and heal our land. See the video below to see historian and WallBuilders founder David Barton briefly recount the historic event and explain how to participate in this very important event. After watching it, please share it or this blog post's link with your friends, family members and especially your pastor. We have a similar video available that is designed to be shown in churches during worship services and will make that available to any church that would like to show it to their congregation. If your church does not have the ability to download and show the video, we can also make a DVD copy available for viewing.
We will assemble at the Colonial Capitol on Duke of Gloucester Street promptly at 8:00 a.m. and walk to Bruton Parish Church where prayers will be offered along with some 18th century hymns. This will cover several blocks, so wear comfortable shoes. The event will end at 9:00. Bring a U.S., Virginia or Christian flag and wave it as a symbol of your devotion to this cause.
Parking can be confusing around Colonial Williamsburg. There is a parking lot near Bassett Hall, 522 Francis Street East, which is very convenient to the Capitol. For more information or questions, please call Roger Pogge in our office at 804-343-0010 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you there.
Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-96, Yorktown) was one of several people that led prayers during the Day of Prayer in front of historic Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg earlier this month during the Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer, a nod to the original such day in Virginia in 1774. More than 100 people attended.
On June 1, The Family Foundation joined in prayer with the ad hoc Virginians for Liberty and more than 100 concerned fellow citizens in Colonial Williamsburg for a latter-day Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer. The original such Day took place in 1774 and was called by the House of Burgesses when the British closed Boston Harbor and the crisis that action precipitated. This year's event, which we hope will be an annual occurrence, was for prayer to heal our land and restore the moral foundations that made America great.
Bishop Jackson encouraged those present to join with the Family Foundation to work to ensure our liberties are protected, and encouraged Virginians to, "pray like it all depends on God and then work like it all depends on us." While the obstacles we face in state government can be great, we know that our God is greater than all.
This weekend, if you are like me, you’ll spend time with friends and family, enjoying the holiday. I hope you will also take time to remember why we celebrate Memorial Day — a day of tribute to those who sacrificed their lives on the field of battle for our freedoms.
While we remember those Americans, we must also remember what it is they died for: A nation built on the idea that freedom comes from a Creator — God — not government, and when America fails to recognize God, it will be in peril. We have reached that day.
That is why I invite you to join us Tuesday, June 1, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. in Williamsburg, as we pray to Almighty God to restore our nation to its Christian principles and to heal our land. On June 1, 1774, the Virginia House of Burgesses called a Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer as the American colonists called out to the Lord to intervene when the British closed the harbor at Boston on that same day. We face a similar crisis now as forces across our nation attempt to close down the religious freedoms that we have been blessed with for more than 200 years.
What: A Call to Prayer
Where: Colonial Williamsburg
When: Tuesday, June 1, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
The Family Foundation is joining with an ad hoc group in Williamsburg called Virginians for Liberty to re-enact that important prayer event 236 years later to the day, crying out to God as a genuine expression of love for our country and longing for a return to the values, beliefs and principles on which it was founded.
We will assemble at the Colonial Capitol on Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg promptly at 8:00 a.m. and walk to Bruton Parish Church where prayers will be offered along with some 18th century hymns. This will cover several blocks, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. We will finish promptly at 9:00 a.m. Bring a U.S. or Virginia flag and wave it as a symbol of your devotion to this cause.
Parking can be confusing around Colonial Williamsburg. There is a parking lot near Bassett Hall, on 522 Francis Street East, which is very convenient to the Old Capitol. For more information or questions please call Roger Pogge in our office at 804-343-0010. I look forward to seeing you there!
From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2
On June 1, 1774, the Virginia House of Burgesses called for a "Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer," as the American colonists called out to the Lord to intervene when the British closed the harbor at Boston on that same day. We face a similar crisis today as forces across our nation attempt to close down the religious freedoms that we have been blessed with for more 200 years.
Come join us on Tuesday, June 1, for A Call To Prayer, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. as we pray to Almighty God to restore our nation to its Christian principles and to heal our land. We will assemble at the Colonial Capitol on Duke of Gloucester Street at 8:00 and walk to Bruton Parish Church where prayers will be offered along with some 18th century hymns. This will cover several blocks, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. We will finish promptly at 9:00. Bring a U.S. or Virginia flag and wave it as a symbol of your devotion to this cause.
For more information or questions, please call Roger Pogge at 804-343-0010 or e-mail him at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you there.
A fellow blogger gave me these lines to use in committee testimony in favor of the spending transparency bills (SB 936 and HB 2285). Thus far, the way they have travelled the legislative ladder, testimony hasn't been needed. For the record, the borrowed lines are:
"Financial institutions and publicly traded stocks, by regulation, must make readily available to the public its investments and corporate spending. If it's required of Charles Schwab, it should be required of state government."
The point being that the regulators (government) have a different standard for themselves than those on whom they impose rules. Here's a glaring and fun example. In his constituent newsletter today, Senator John Watkins (R-10, Midlothian) touts his commending resolution (SJ 394) to the crew and company of the summer 2008 HBO massive hit special event series John Adams (see our review here), much of which was filmed in central Virginia and Colonial Williamsburg. Among the reasons Senator Watkins wants to thank the crew is for the amount of money it spent in the Commonwealth:
"I previously mentioned my commending resolution to the crew of the John Adams HBO production. ... Filming a movie in Virginia is good for Virginia. For example, the John Adams mini-series spent $81,775,102 in Virginia. A few examples of how this money was spent:
Technicians, Productions Assistants, Hired in Virginia: $9,025,750
Equipment Rental: $2,412,814
Car and Truck Rental: $1,141,053
Construction Supplies: $3,634,900."
Which is just great for everyone involved. But it begs the question: If we can get this kind of info out of a company doing temporary business in Virginia, why can't we get our own state government's expenditures? Stay vigilant. Improved transparency is on the way, but anything can happen. I'm keeping my testimony at the ready.
The conference will begin with an optional Spiritual Heritage Tour of Colonial Williamsburg, led by Stephen McDowell of the Providence Foundation, Monday evening, September 22. This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear the true history of one of our commonwealth's most historical sights and the birthplace of Virginia and American government.
The program on Tuesday, September 23 will feature a number of exciting speakers, opportunities to connect with other pastors and ministers from around Virginia, informative sessions on issues currently facing the church and the commonwealth, and information about the constitutional freedoms of pastors. It will take place at the Williamsburg Marriott. We and our sister organization, Pastors For Family Values, as well as FRC, look forward to meeting and getting to know scores of pastors of all denominations from around the Old Dominion next week.
Come January, Governor Kaine will be back to the less sexy issues of roads, more government pre-K, "greening" state office buildings, and demonizing legislators who don't agree with his thirst for tax increases on Virginia families.