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Actress’s Name Change Doesn’t Alter Reality, Ruth Inst. Says

December 4, 2020

For Immediate Release

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Actress’s Name Change Doesn’t Alter Reality, Ruth Inst. Says

“The most depressing thing about actress Ellen Page’s announcement that she has ‘come out as transgender’ is the way the media fawns over her,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., founder and president of the Ruth Institute.

“Since Page’s announcement that she is now a man named ‘Elliot,’ media outlets have been scrupulous about changing feminine pronouns to masculine pronouns. Page has a problem, and instead of trying to help her, the culture is eager to accommodate her,” Morse observed.


She added: “The ‘X-Men’ actress announced that she ‘finally feels free to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.’ But wherein does that authenticity lie? Page was born a woman and will remain a woman until the day she dies, regardless of what she chooses to call herself or do with her body.

“People are born men or women, not gay or transgendered or one of the myriad genders created by activists,” Morse said. “Reality can’t be altered by changing pronouns.

“Going along with a fantasy isn’t helpful or healing – in fact, quite the opposite. Page has certain notions which are, quite frankly, opposed to reality. Who knows what trauma led her to embrace this illusion – that she is a he called Elliott. But enabling her only keeps her from getting the help she needs.

“It’s the Emperor’s New Clothes with a gender twist. It’s also the latest milestone in the Sexual Revolution, which started with the lie that you can have sex without consequences. It then evolved into the lie that you can change your gender with a simple declaration, and that those who refuse to go along with the fantasy are hateful bigots ruining the lives of those who want what they can never have.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact info@ruthinstitute.org.


Brits Ban Puberty Blockers: Ruth Inst. Cheers

December 5, 2020

For Immediate Release

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A High Court in the United Kingdom ruled it unlikely that minors suffering from gender dysphoria are able to give informed consent for hormone-blocking drugs. Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., was greatly encouraged by this ruling.

“Keira Bell, one of the plaintiffs in the case, was given the drugs at age 16 after only three one-hour appointments. At 20, she had a double mastectomy. Now at 23, she’s in the process of de-transitioning,” Morse said.


Bell said that, at the time, she believed the treatment would help her “achieve happiness.” When she began trying to reverse the process last year, she confessed, “It was heartbreaking to realize I’d gone down the wrong path.” Bell said the drugs “irreparably damaged” her body and likely left her sterile.

“Often those who experience gender dysphoria as children have other psychological issues,” Morse noted. “These children are pushed into life-altering decisions by activists intent on promoting a cause.”

In a story for The Christian Post, Brandon Showalter reported that the court asked the Tavistock clinic to provide statistics on the percentage of patients on the autism spectrum. However, the clinic did not provide this data. The high court called this lack of data analysis and apparent lack of record keeping of children with autism, "surprising."

A trans-critical group based in the UK, Transgender Trend, also applauded the ruling, saying, “The government needs to take action to remove all transgender guidance and resources from schools and social service departments to safeguard children and prevent any further teaching of the ideology to children as fact.”

Morse concluded: “The British ruling will help bring reason into a debate often clouded by emotion and the rhetoric of victimhood.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Brandon Showalter spoke on “Reporting on the Transgender Movement” at the Ruth Institute’s 2020 Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact info@ruthinstitute.org.

 


Ruth Inst. Applauds SCOTUS Decision Upholding Religious Liberty During COVID-Crisis

December 1, 2020

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Ruth Inst. Applauds SCOTUS Decision Upholding Religious Liberty During COVID-Crisis

“The United States Supreme Court struck a blow for religious liberty in enjoining enforcement of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions on attendance at religious services in the name of disease control,”* said Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. Morse also noted, “Given the disparity in treatment of secular and religious entities, you have to wonder if more than brainless bureaucracy was at work here.”

In what are designated “red zones” (where the number of COVID cases is highest), attendance at religious services in the state was limited to 10 people (25 in orange zones) regardless of the size of the hall – for instance, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The suit was brought by the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and an Orthodox Jewish social service organization.

Morse observed: “There were no similar caps on the number of customers at some retail establishments and businesses providing personal services, like big-lot and pet stores and acupuncture parlors – which would suggest that the State of New York considers shopping more important than praying.”


“The 5-4 decision was along liberal/conservative lines,” Morse added. “Some reports claimed Chief Justice John Roberts ‘joined the Court’s liberals.’ In fact, Roberts – an enormous disappointment to constitutionalists -- is by now a certified member of the activist bloc. All three Trump appointees voted for religious liberty, along with Thomas and Alito. If the president waited until after the election to fill the Ruth Bader Ginsburg vacancy, the decision would have been a 4-4 tie and the regulations would have remained in effect.”

Morse wonders: “Could there be a connection between the harsh treatment of churches and synagogues and progressives’ disdain for Biblical morality? Whether it’s Catholic churches, Orthodox Jewish congregations, or other traditional denominations, the religions hit the hardest all espouse sexual morality.

“Like most leaders of his party, Cuomo is a dogmatic advocate of abortion on demand and same-sex marriage. He once told an interviewer that right-to-lifers and marriage proponents ‘have no place in New York.’ The denominations he singled out for punishment respect life and support man/woman marriage. Can this be a coincidence?”

In conclusion, Morse affirmed, “While reasonable restraints are to be expected during a pandemic, treating religious institutions and commercial enterprises differently is anything but reasonable, and smacks of a special animus toward faith.”

* 20A87 Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo (11/25/2020) (supremecourt.gov)

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact info@ruthinstitute.org.

 


Ruth Inst: Thanksgiving Regulations Mark Too Many as Rulers, Not Leaders

November 25, 2020

For Immediate Release

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“Thanksgiving, more than any other American holiday, is a family holiday,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., President of the Ruth Institute, in a special Thanksgiving message. 

“No matter their religious heritage, on this day, Americans unite in giving thanks for their many blessings. Families long scattered gather together to share food and make memories. In years past, the day before Thanksgiving was always the busiest travel day of the year.”

But all of this has changed, thanks to officious government. Morse charged: “This Thanksgiving, some governors are going wild with COVID restrictions. Some state governments are telling us how many people we can have at the Thanksgiving table.”


Moreover, Morse observed: “Some of the virus-containment rules establish flagrant double-standards. The Mayor of San Francisco tried to limit church attendance in the massive cathedral there to one person at a time.

“Still, sanity will eventually prevail,” Morse promised. “Yes, there are risks involved in travel and gatherings, but many people who contract the virus have modest symptoms or no symptoms at all. The vast majority of people recover fully. We now know that contracting COVID is not a death sentence.

“How and where to celebrate Thanksgiving should be the decision of individuals and families, not government. The so-called experts who are advising the governments, are single-minded in their focus on numbers of cases. They cannot see the collateral damage.”

Morse said this includes:

  • The elderly who waste away from loneliness.
  • The addicts who can’t go to their 12-step meetings, relapse, and lose their sobriety.
  • The people who become depressed and even suicidal.
  • The small business owners who have a lifetime of effort wiped out.

Morse offered a message of hope in this holiday season: “The family is bigger than government. In fact, the family existed long before there were governments. The Bible tells us that humanity started with the family.

“Every totalitarian movement of the past 100 years has despised and feared the family. That’s because the family can stand on its own. Every little household created by a man and a woman can sustain itself, provide for itself, and protect itself. Fathers are natural authority figures. Mothers are natural objects of loyalty and affection. Totalitarian governments hate both.

“In my book, The Sexual State, I point out that a free society like ours does not need or want a ‘ruling class.’ We need and want a leadership class. It has become sadly clear that too many of the people in positions of power, influence, and authority are rulers, not leaders.”

Morse closed her powerful statement with a plea to educated professionals to do their part to fight corruption in their own spheres of influence.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact info@ruthinstitute.org.

 

 



Ruth Inst. Applauds Court Ruling on Reparative Therapy Bans

November 24, 2020

For Immediate Release

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Ruth Inst. Applauds Court Ruling on Reparative Therapy Bans

“In striking down bans on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts to lessen same-sex attraction, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals sided with First Amendment free speech against LGBT dogma,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., Founder and President of the Ruth Institute.

The court overturned local ordinances of the City of Boca Raton and the county of Palm Beach, Florida. These ordinances prohibited licensed counselors from offering counseling to minors who voluntarily seek their help to “reduce same-sex behavior and attraction and eliminate what they term confusion over gender identity.” (pg. 4)


Morse noted, “Sexual Revolutionary activists, and the professional associations they control, have successfully persuaded local governments to adopt these bans. The activists argue that this type of therapy, based solely on conversation between therapist and client, are psychologically harmful. I am especially pleased that the Court’s majority considered the evidence on this point.”

The Court stated: “[The Defendants] present a series of reports and studies setting out harms of SOCE. But when examined closely, these documents offer assertions rather than evidence, at least regarding the effects of purely speech-based SOCE. Indeed, a report from the American Psychological Association, relied on by the defendants, concedes that ‘nonaversive and recent approaches to SOCE have not been rigorously evaluated.’” (pg. 21)

“Without conclusive evidence, LGBT organizations insist that homosexuality is innate, and that individuals with same-sex attraction must accept their fate -- that they are condemned to be ‘gay,’ whether they like it or not,” Morse explained.

In fact, the majority decision pointed out that the ordinances contain an exception for “counseling that provides support and assistance to a person undergoing gender transition.” But the Court goes on to observe, “No such carveout exists for sexual orientation. The ordinances thus codify a particular viewpoint—sexual orientation is immutable, but gender is not—and prohibit the therapists from advancing any other perspective when counseling clients. That viewpoint may be widely shared in the communities that passed the ordinances, but widespread agreement is beside the point; the question is whether a speaker’s viewpoint determines his license to speak.” (pg. 12)

Morse congratulated Liberty Counsel, which provided representation to the therapists in this case. “I agree with Liberty Counsel President Mat Staver when he said that ‘This is a huge victory for counselors and their clients to choose the counsel of their choice free of political censorship from government ideologues.’”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact info@ruthinstitute.org.

 



Vatican Cover-Up Continues: Dr. J's Explosive Interview w/ Catholic Journalist Phil Lawler

November 20, 2020

For Immediate Release

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Vatican Cover-Up Continues: Dr. J's Explosive Interview w/ Catholic Journalist Phil Lawler

On today’s Dr. J Show, veteran journalist, now editor of Catholic World News, Philip Lawler shares his insights on the newly released McCarrick Report, the Pope’s comments on same-sex marriage, the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops congratulating Joe Biden on the election, and the status of the Church in China. The show’s host is Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., Ruth Institute Founder and President.

Of Pope Francis’s comments on homosexual marriage, Lawler observed: “The Pope wasn’t changing Church doctrine on marriage. He can’t do that. Unfortunately, his remarks provided an opportunity for journalists to misrepresent Church doctrine.”


Lawler agreed with a November 10th Ruth Institute release questioning the propriety of Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, congratulating Biden before the votes are fully counted and certified.

Lawler said: “There was no need for Gomez to say anything. He wanted to curry favor with the man who will likely be the next president.” Morse added: “Biden promises soft-persecution of the Catholic Church and abortion under all circumstances, paid for by taxpayers.”

Regarding the report on ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual abuse, Lawler noted that the report is silent on important questions, including: “How did he rise through the ranks?” and “Who helped him?” Lawler said the only member of the hierarchy who comes off badly in the report, ironically, was Archbishop Carlo Vigano, former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States who blew the whistle on McCarrick.

McCarrick helped to negotiate the Vatican/China deal, whose details have yet to be made public. Morse charged, “It’s believed that the Pope will now select Chinese bishops from a list submitted by the communist regime. This comes at a time when the Church – both underground and official—faces increased persecution.”

The Dr. J Show is a weekly interview that features experts on issues relating to marriage, family and human sexuality. New episodes release every Friday.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact info@ruthinstitute.org.

 



Wednesday Marks 100th Anniversary of Legalized Abortion Worldwide

November 16, 2020

For Immediate Release

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“On November 18, 1920, Soviet Russia became the first country to legalize abortion,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., founder and president of The Ruth Institute.

“It’s not surprising that a totalitarian state pioneered legalized abortion. Just as communism violates human rights on a massive scale, abortion denies the most fundamental of rights – the right to life – to the unborn child,” Morse declared. “That’s why it’s ironic that so many international organizations try to portray abortion as a fundamental human right, comparable to free speech or the right to a fair trial.”


Until the end of World War II, legalized abortion was limited to Russia and countries controlled by the U.S.S.R. Then Sweden and Japan followed suit. In the 1960s and 70s, many European democracies passed similar laws. In 1973, the Supreme Court imposed abortion on the United States.

Today, the World Health Organization estimates there are 50 million abortions a year worldwide. “The number of abortions performed in the past 100 years could be in the billions,’’ Morse said.

She also warned: “Now some prominent NGOs and government aid-givers are trying to force abortion on African countries like Kenya, despite overwhelming local opposition.

“It’s important for us all to understand the origins of legalized abortion. It started with a regime dedicated to the abolition of human rights and the family, and the massive expansion of state power,” Morse charged.

In Kenya, the fight against abortion is being led by groups like the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum.

Human Life International Poland has also been working to raise awareness of this tragic anniversary.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact info@ruthinstitute.org.

 



Ruth Inst. deeply disturbed by Catholic bishop's ill-conceived statement on the 2020 presidential election

December 10, 2020

For Immediate Release

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Ruth Institute deeply disturbed by Catholic bishop's ill-conceived statement on the 2020 presidential election.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., founder and president of The Ruth Institute, issued a statement criticizing the US Conference of Catholic Bishops for congratulating Vice President Biden on his election as president, calling it “ill-conceived” and “disappointing.”

“Congratulating Joe Biden on his election before all the votes have been counted shows poor judgement at best,” Morse declared.

“The media have no authority to decide an election. Secretaries of State in each state must certify the results. Archbishop Gomez is surely aware of the numerous disputes surrounding the integrity of the election process. For him to prematurely ‘recognize’ that ‘Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has received enough votes to be elected the 46th President of the United States,’ is to claim a knowledge and an authority that he does not possess."


Morse said Gomez’s call for “unity” and “compromise” is “simply not appropriate to the situation.”

“All voters, including Catholic voters, in states with credible accusations of election fraud have every right to contest the election through all legal channels,” Morse asserted. “They should not be asked to ‘promote fraternity and mutual trust,’ when their trust has been violated by election tampering. The court challenges and legal processes should be allowed to proceed without prejudice.”

“When the media claimed to ‘call’ the election for Biden, many thoughtful people concluded that they were attempting to build momentum for the idea that Biden had won, in spite of the serious problems with the election process. This is precisely the sort of thing that many Americans have come to expect from the legacy media, with its barely concealed commitment to the Biden campaign. What should the public conclude when an official of the Catholic Church makes a comparable premature call?”

Morse saved her harshest criticism for Archbishop Gomez’ final statement, which she confessed she found “frankly, revolting.”

Morse charged: “He asks the Virgin Mary to help us work together to fulfill the vision of America as 'one nation under God, where the sanctity of every human life is defended and freedom of conscience and religion are guaranteed.'”

“But the Democratic Party promises to do precisely the opposite on every point,” Morse said. “They will eliminate what remains of religious conscience rights. They have no respect for innocent human life. And they even tried to take an innocuous reference to God out of their 2012 platform.”

Morse explained that: “The Ruth Institute is an interfaith international coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love. Everything we do is in keeping with the teachings of the Catholic Church. We have followers around the world, Evangelicals, Mormons, and Jews, who are working hard to defend Catholic teachings, not because the teachings are Catholic, but because they are true. None of us has the slightest illusion about the nature of the Democratic Party.”

Finally, Morse emphasized, “The Ruth Institute reminds the public that Archbishop Gomez’s statement has no authority to bind Catholics who may wish to contest the election through legally permissible means.

“We call on all Catholic clergy to distance themselves from this unfortunate and ill-conceived statement by Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.”

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact info@ruthinstitute.org. 


Kenya Threatened by Cultural Colonialism in Abortion Bill

November 6, 2020

For Immediate Release

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“Despite a recent poll showing 85% of Kenyan citizens support the right to life, international NGOs are pushing a new abortion bill, which would override the will of the people,” said Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

The deceptively named Reproductive Healthcare Bill is currently before the Kenyan Parliament. Morse noted: “The Kenyan Constitution, updated in 2010, states that ‘the life of a person begins at conception.’ It prohibits abortion except when the life or health of the mother is threatened.”


The bill not only imposes abortion on demand, but violates the conscience-rights of medical workers by providing a three-year prison sentence and a fine of one million Kenyan shillings for those who refuse to refer a woman to an abortion provider or, in an emergency, perform the abortion themselves.

“This not only nullifies the right to life enshrined in the Kenyan Constitution, but mandates draconian punishment for medical professionals who refuse to participate in abortions – either directly or indirectly,” Morse said.

Anne Kioko, CitizenGo Campaign Director for Africa, said the bill goes beyond abortion. “It imposes abortion on demand, surrogacy, and sexualization of children through what they euphemistically term ‘age appropriate’ education, which also advocates homosexuality for children.”

Vincent K. Kimosop, Secretary of the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum, confirmed that, “The current version of the bill allows minors access to contraceptives and information on sex without parental participation or responsibility.”

Morse observed: “Groups like Planned Parenthood International, Marie Stopes International and the Soros-funded Open Democracy foundations have been relentless, both lobbying and making legalization of abortion a condition for international aid.”

Speaking at the 2019 Uganda National Youth Conference sponsored by the Kasana-Luweero Diocese, Morse stated: “The old economic colonialism attempted to dominate the physical resources of the African continent. The new ideological imperialism attempts to dominate the soul of Africa.”

Morse concluded: “The Sexual Revolution is not native to Africa. Wealthy and powerful people and organizations have spent vast sums of money to promote the Sexual Revolution.” These elites have “captured the use of government and international agencies to impose these ideologies around the world, especially on traditional societies.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact dfeder@rcn.com.



Ruth Institute praises judge in clergy sex abuse case, calls on Church to laicize offending priest

November 5, 2020

For Immediate Release

For more information, contact dfeder@rcn.com 

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Fr. Michael Guidry’s conviction and 10-year sentence for child molestation handed down in 2019.

Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., stated: “We applaud the decision to deny Fr. Guidry’s motion to reduce his sentence. The Appeals Court rightly rejected all of his specious arguments for leniency. As advocates for victims of clerical sexual abuse, and for reform in the Catholic Church, the Ruth Institute is heartened by this decision.”


Fr. Guidry, a priest of the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, pled guilty to child molestation in March 2019. His victim was a 16-year-old son of a deacon who served with Fr. Guidry on the altar. Guidry was also a close family friend, making the betrayal of trust all the more egregious.

The Ruth Institute, based in nearby Lake Charles, Louisiana, has been following the case closely. Morse interviewed the victim’s parents in June 2019, when the matter first became public.

“This interview opened my eyes to how predators ‘groom’ their victims, sometimes over a long period,” Morse explained. “The appeals court ruling describes how Fr. Guidry repeatedly gave alcohol to his teenage victim. Everyone should be aware of how ‘grooming’ works, so they can be on the lookout for it.”

Morse said she wished to correct one part of local Lafayette news station, KATC News’ report of the case, which called Guidry a “former St. Landry Parish priest.”

“Regrettably, Fr. Guidry is not a ‘former priest.’” Morse said. “He is still a priest, though no longer in active ministry. To the best of my knowledge, there has been no move to laicize him.”

Laicization is the formal term under Roman Catholic Canon Law for removing a man from the clerical state.

Morse stated: “We are pleased that the civil authorities have done justice in Fr. Guidry’s case. We now call on the Church authorities to likewise do the right thing. On behalf of the Ruth Institute and our worldwide coalition of activists and leaders, we call upon Bishop Douglas Deshotel of Lafayette to begin the process of laicizing Fr. Guidry.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

The Institute is the leader in statistical analysis of clerical sex abuse, particularly the connection between homosexual priests and the abuse of children. See this report by Ruth Institute lead researcher, Fr. Paul D. Sullins.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact dfeder@rcn.com.

 

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