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When Coronavirus and Moral Relativism Collide

COMMENTARY: Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no moral relativists in the emergency room.

by Jennifer Roback Morse, March 24, 2020 at NCRegister.com.
 
No, I don’t have any special insight into the origins or likely outcome of the coronavirus pandemic. No, I don’t have special knowledge about what you must do or not do. And I am certainly not going to condemn anyone for not taking the matter seriously enough or for taking it too seriously. No, my emphasis is on the “truth” part of the statement. The global shutdown occasioned by this new virus illustrates there is such a thing as “truth” that exists outside of our personal beliefs. And we all know it.

Lives depend on determining the truth. Is the virus highly contagious and deadly? Or are the mass quarantines and shutdowns the result of a politically motivated hoax? If we do not take the medical risks seriously enough, innocent and vulnerable people will die needlessly. On the other hand, if we overestimate the medical risks, innocent and vulnerable people will lose their livelihoods. Lost livelihoods can ultimately amount to lost lives.

No one has time for the armchair and professional philosophers who try to convince us that there is no truth, only “truth” in scare quotes. You know the sort of philosophy I mean. Everything that appears to be true is only provisionally “true.” Truth claims are intrinsically power grabs. The person who makes truth claims is really out to control you and is not to be trusted.

Certain intellectuals have spent decades trying to convince us that a belief in “truth” places unnecessary and harmful restrictions on our happiness. There is “your truth” and “my truth” and possibly “our truth.” But truth without modifiers? Nope. No self-respecting modern person believes that.

Until now. Our experience with COVID-19 is showing us that the opposite is closer to the truth. (There is that “t-word” word, again.) Today, we all want to know the full truth about the virus and the best way to combat it. We don’t want to die, and we don’t want to see our friends and neighbors die.

But we also do not want to see our friends and neighbors go bankrupt in the process. Most of us know people who are living paycheck to paycheck. The economic impact of shutting down the economy, even temporarily, is no small matter. The standard “people before profits” chant doesn’t help the low-income family dependent on “nonessential” service jobs. We really need to get this right, as a society. The risks are huge with either type of mistake.

By saying truth exists, I am not claiming that I personally know what it is. All I claim is that the truth exists, and it can be discovered. In fact, I plan not to share my opinions about the virus, which are no better than anyone else’s. My internet search is no match for the lifetime of study and experience that our technical professionals possess. I intend to respect the truth, as it comes to be known. (For the record, I am following all directives of lawfully constituted authorities, both civil and ecclesial.)

We’d like to trust the institutions of our society charged with making decisions during this crisis. But part of our current struggle is that many of us no longer trust many of our authority structures. We feel we have been lied to by politicians, scientists, academics and the media. We have seen scientists falsify climate data to further an agenda. Because we have doctors who can’t bring themselves to say that male and female are real and not social constructs, and we have seen powerful people in virtually every sector of society perpetrate massive deceptions to cover up their own sexual misconduct, why should we automatically believe everyone in a white coat or with letters behind their name? And what about the people who have been making a living in universities convincing us that there is no such thing as truth? These are the last people on earth we are ever going to trust.

It is sometimes said that there are no atheists in foxholes. Soldiers in dire situations instinctively cry out in prayer. Likewise, there are no moral relativists in an emergency room. Absolutely everyone in the emergency room believes that truth is real. The doctors, the nurses, the orderlies, the cop who brought the shot-up guy in to the emergency room, the guy’s friends and the guy himself: All of them believe there is a truth of things and are desperate to discover what it is. Everyone knows that the closer we come to knowing the truth, the better off we will all be. Honest mistakes cost lives and livelihoods. Deliberate falsehoods are unforgivable. Those who would deliberately evade, distort or hide the truth are not sophisticated armchair philosophers. They are a menace to society.

Perhaps I’m being reckless in predicting the long-term results of an event as significant as this coronavirus and its aftermath. But I will go out on a limb with this forecast: This experience will inoculate us against the poisonous belief that truth is a socially constructed myth. We now know, deep in our bones, that the truth is real and that we need it.

The evidence is right in front of us. Trying to build a whole society around the idea that truth is an illusion never made any sense. It is time to toss moral relativism on the dustbin of history, where it belongs.

Picture credit: Engin_Akyurt from Pixabay


Abortion Clinics Stay Open – Even A Pandemic Must Not Be Allowed to Interfere with the Sexual Revolution

“A death-dealing industry risking the lives of patients and staff to continue operating is the ultimate irony,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. “What part of ‘elective” in ‘elective abortion’ do these people not understand?”

Both the US Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control have advised healthcare facilities to reschedule non-urgent appointments and elective procedures. So far, attorneys general in Ohio and Texas have specifically ordered abortion clinics to close their doors during the COVID-19 crisis. The Ohio AG told clinics to stop “non-essential and elective abortions.” In Mississippi, a similar order was blocked by a federal judge.

Morse observed: “Not surprisingly, some abortion facilities have responded by saying abortion is an essential service because it’s ‘time-sensitive.’ Officials in Ohio and Texas issued these orders because abortion clinics put a burden on EMTs and ERs when something goes wrong, as it all too often does. But the abortion lobby will not be deterred. What’s saving the lives of coronavirus patients compared to taking the lives of unborn children?”


Morse continued: “I wish other states would take the bold steps that Ohio and Texas have taken. ‘Elective’ abortions are, by definition, not life-threatening. I hope the Ohio and Texas AGs will prosecute abortion facilities that defy the orders to close during this emergency. The recalcitrance of the abortion lobby underscores the fanaticism and totalitarian ideology behind the Sexual Revolution.”

“As I explained in my book, The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives and Why the Church Was Right All Along, abortion is a pillar of the Sexual Revolution, which holds that a good and decent society should do everything possible to separate sex from babies. If a child is conceived nevertheless, abortion is the failsafe.”

“In the abortion lobby’s mind, nothing must be allowed to interfere with unrestricted access to abortion – not even a pandemic in which it’s crucial to conserve medical resources for victims,” Morse remarked. “To the abortion lobby, the needs of COVID-19 patients are less important than the need to eliminate unborn children.”

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love. Dr. Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, email media@ruthinstitute.org.

Reference:

“Abortion industry resists order to stop non-essential procedures in Texas and Ohio” https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abortion-industry-demands-exemption-to-texas-ohio-suspending-non-essential-procedures

 


NYC Health Dept. Caters to Sex Addicts

“At first I thought it was as joke,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., “but New York City’s Health Department really did issue guidelines on containing the Wuhan virus which recommend masturbation and warn against group sex, at least while the crisis lasts.”

The Health Department memo says, “Masturbation will not spread COVID-19, especially if you wash your hands (and any sex toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after.”

“The next safest partner is someone you live with,” the city advises. “If you do have sex, have as few partners as possible.”


Morse commented, “Normal people know they should not participate in life-threatening activities. Do the residents of New York need to be told to abstain from casual sex, sex with strangers and orgies during this major public health crisis?”

The New York Post seemed to play the story for laughs, saying “it makes sense to give yourself a hand.” But Morse takes this seriously, “Memo to NYC Health Department: no one has ever died from abstaining from sex. If you think you’ll die without sex, you are probably a sex addict. It appears that the Department is run by and for sex addicts. It assumes that group sex, casual sex and orgies are normal.”

Morse continued: “This is all depressingly typical of the Sexual Revolution, which treats sex as a mere bodily function. It maintains that people have a right to sex, as much and any way they want, free of consequences. This is the perspective that allows the New York Health Department to think they are making a bold move. Recommending limits of any kind, but only for the duration of the pandemic, that’s a radical step for them.”

“One thing they never do is discuss sex in a moral context,” Morse observed. “For them, talking about sex and morality in the same breath is puritanical and obsessive. But since the Centers for Disease Control says there are 20 million new STD infections each year, maybe there’s something to be said for self-restraint.”

Morse concluded: “Other casualties of the Sexual Revolution include divorce, failure to achieve intimacy, fatherless families, declining fertility and a pornified culture. It’s unlikely that the New York City Department of Health has put out memos on any of this.”

The Ruth Institute’s upcoming Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution – Protecting Children and Families (July 17-18 in Lake Charles, Louisiana) will examine many of these issues.

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

References:

“NYC Health Department gets graphic in coronavirus sex memo” https://nypost.com/2020/03/21/nyc-health-department-gets-graphic-in-coronavirus-sex-memo/

The memo itself: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-sex-guidance.pdf

Sexually Transmitted Diseases – HealthyPeople.gov https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/sexually-transmitted-diseases

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

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


Virtue Signaling Without Virtue: porn industry brags about its voluntary shutdown over coronavirus

In response to calls by an industry lobbying group to voluntarily close down the so-called adult entertainment industry for two weeks to halt the spread of COVID-19, Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., commented: “Wow. That is really decent of them to shut down their $16.9 billion per year business for two weeks. This is nothing more than them going on vacation or a spring break. Big deal.”

Morse added: “I wonder if they will figure out how to make X-rated movies where those involved keep social distancing. Perhaps, instead of having sex on camera, they could rub elbows.”


“The coronavirus is only one of their problems,” Morse explained. “‘Adult industry’ apologists brag about how ‘clean’ they are, because they test the performers for STI's and wipe down their S&M paraphernalia in their dungeons. For an industry that caters to human vices, a two-week shutdown is a meaningless move. It’s virtue-signaling from those without virtue.”

“More importantly,” Morse continued, “pornography is an affront to human dignity. Pornography does nothing to build up the spousal relationship, which is one of the natural organic purposes of human sexual activity. Instead, the use of pornography actively harms married love. According to Marripedia, an academic website on marriage, pornography use is strongly correlated with increased infidelity, separation, divorce and marital dissatisfaction. Keeping the ‘adult industry’ sanitary and voluntary does not change these basic realities.”

The Institute’s upcoming Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution – Protecting Children and Families (July 17-18 in Lake Charles, Louisiana) will include a session on “Protecting Children from our Pornified Culture.”

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

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

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


Our Annual Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution is Coming!

 

Educating yourself is the first step in fighting the effects of the sexual revolution in your life and among loved ones.

The Ruth Institute is hosting its Third Annual Awards Dinner and Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution, and you're invited.

Learn how to confront and survive trends in transgenderism, the LGBT subculture, the pitfalls of population control, post-abortion trauma, same-sex parenting, childhood sexual abuse, and more.

The summit will include various sessions loaded with information. Have you ever wondered, for example, how pornography is affecting people’s lives? The Summit’s class “Protecting Our Children from Our Pornified Culture” will open your eyes. These and other facts about pornography will be discussed:


  • The average age of first exposure to porn is 11 years old
  • 25% of search engine requests are related to sex
  • 35% of downloads from the Internet are pornographic
  • 40% of Americans say they regularly visit porn sites
  • 70% of men aged 18 to 24 visit a porn site at least once a month
  • One-third of all Internet porn users are women
  • Conditions frequently associated with porn addiction include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, substance abuse, memory problems, and erectile dysfunction
  • In the United States, 68% of divorces involve one party having what is described as an obsessive interest in pornography

For this and many other well-researched presentations, save the date:

Third Annual Ruth Institute Awards Dinner and

Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution

PROTECTING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

July 17-18, 2020

 


 



Memo to Ruling Class: Jeffrey Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself

By Jennifer Roback Morse

This article was first published on March 16, 2020, at The Stream.

Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself. This fact, which no serious person denies, marks a new era in the unfolding of the Sexual Revolution. For years, we have been told that the Sexual Revolution was part of the March of History into a glorious day of progress, peace and pleasure for everyone. We ordinary folk can now say without doubt to the members of the Elite Ruling Class who have been foisting this nonsense on us: you aren’t fooling us anymore.

In my book, The Sexual State, I offer several possible reasons why the Elites of society are so invested in promoting the Sexual Revolution. Some are just ideologues. Some are making money from the Sexual Revolution. Some enjoy the power rush they get from being part of a movement to remake the world in their own image.


A Simpler Explanation

Here is an even simpler explanation. Some rich and powerful people want to have sex without consequences or even inconvenience. The Sexual Revolutionary ideology and all the policies that support it, provide these people with encouragement or cover or both.

I did not emphasize this point very much in my book. It is generally bad manners to assume bad faith, unless the evidence is overwhelming. The evidence is now overwhelming. Some highly placed advocates of the Sexual Revolution just wanted to get laid.

Stephen Reinhart, “the Liberal Lion,” was the Chief Justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Under his reign, the Sexual Revolutionaries could count on the Ninth Circuit for favorable reinterpretations of law. One of his former law clerks recently revealed he had a pattern of sexual harassment of his female subordinates. Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein made numerous films that implicitly or explicitly supported the Sexual Revolution or attacked the Catholic Church or both. We now know that he was a notorious predator, pervert and sex addict, thankfully consigned to prison for the next 23 years.

Speaking of the Catholic Church, the disgraced former cardinal, now Mr. Theodore McCarrick, was big on promoting Catholic teaching on “social justice.” Church teaching on sexual morality: not so much. In fact, McCarrick downplayed to the point of suppressing an instruction from Pope Benedict XVI telling the U.S. clergy that they ought to take a tougher stand on pro-abortion, self-proclaimed “Catholic” politicians. The pope wrote a letter that then-Cardinal McCarrick failed to deliver. Who would have thought? A sexual predator (a homosexual predator, to be sure) dragged his feet about proclaiming Church teaching on abortion.

And speaking of homosexual predators, what about Terry Bean? You remember him, don’t you? He was the Democratic fundraiser and gay rights activist who has been accused of sexual abuse of boys.

Do You Expect Us to Believe He Killed Himself?

And then of course, there is Jeffrey Epstein himself, the proprietor of an island for sex slavery for his rich and powerful friends. Gosh, isn’t it sad that he killed himself?

Seriously, members of the Elite Ruling Class, do you expect us to believe Jeffrey Epstein killed himself? Some wags in Le Krewe d’Etat created a Mardi Gras float featuring Hilary Clinton strangling Jeffrey Epstein. This “disturbing” float attracted attention all the way across the pond in the U.K. press. A Denver story even has an amateur video.

Memo to Sexual Revolutionary Elites: We don’t believe Jeffrey Epstein killed himself.

Your corporations blast pornography into the public square. Your sports leagues groom young girls to think sex with strangers is empowering. Your “educators” and politicians inflict graphic sexual “education” on children, against the wishes of their parents. This “educational material” is so graphic, the live broadcast of the Washington State legislative debates included a warning label: “Mature Subject Matter — Viewer Discretion Advised.” Yet the legislature voted it into the classroom of every public school in the State of Washington.

Your allies in higher education conscript generations of college students as shock troops for the Sexual Revolution. You divert their attention from your shameless exploitation and keep them focused on your preferred scapegoats the “Religious Right.” You have used your microphone in the media to cover up Epstein’s crimes. You are seemingly more concerned about who leaked the cover-up story, than about the cover-up itself.

In the Court of Public Opinion, We Have Reached a Verdict

You notice how I said “seemingly.” That is an old habit. I generally avoid making rash statements that I cannot prove. But in an environment of massive cover-up and deception that includes seemingly (there’s that word again) every institution in society, certainty is no longer possible. I’m not in a court of law where I have to prove your crimes beyond a reasonable doubt. I am in the court of Public Opinion. And we have reached a verdict on the Ruling Class and the Sexual Revolution.

We believe you are capable of any crime, including murder, rape, pedophilia and perjury. You have abused our good will. We believe you, the Elite Ruling Class, are using every institution of society to embolden predators and disarm victims.

You have used up the benefit of the doubt. We will give a respectful hearing to internet conspiracy theories we would have dismissed only a short time ago. When in doubt about sexual crimes or cover-ups by the Ruling Class, the presumption goes against you. In a pinch, all ties go to the guy in the tinfoil hat, not the guy in the designer business suit. As Michael Brendan Dougherty put it: we believe paranoia stands to reason.

“Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself.” Whenever you see that meme, understand what the people of this country are telling you. We don’t trust you. We don’t believe you. And you have only yourselves to blame.


The Role of Italy’s Aging Population in the Spread of the Coronavirus

After China, Italy has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19, the coronavirus. Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., said, “Italy’s aging population is a factor in the spread of a disease to which the elderly are particularly susceptible.”

Morse noted, “As of March 17, there were almost 28,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,158 deaths in Italy. Only China has more cases. And while China has the world’s largest population, Italy’s cases are concentrated in a numerically much smaller population than China’s. The number of total cases in Italy is roughly 460 per million population,* far higher than China’s 56 cases per million population. Worse, while the growth of new cases has slowed in China, it’s speeding up in Italy.”

Italy’s demographic problem of falling fertility should be seen as the backdrop to its coronavirus crisis. “Italy’s fertility rate is now 1.33 children per woman, far below the replacement level of 2.1,” Morse explained.


As a result, Italy has a rapidly aging population. Almost a quarter, 23% of Italy’s population is now over 65 years of age. In 2019, the median age was 46.3 years, projected to rise to 51.4 years by 2050. This in turn has given Italy a shrinking economy and rising public sector costs, due to pensions and health care.

The nation’s growing elderly population has also put a strain on its health care system, as the coronavirus situation illustrates.

“The answer is obvious,” Morse said. “Italy should be (and should have been) promoting procreation. Russia has a National Conception Day to address its fertility crisis. Hungary has recently introduced birth incentives. Instead of trying to get more women into the workforce or admitting more migrants– both short term solutions, at best – Italy should be encouraging Italian families to have more children. A nation without children has no future.”

“We must do everything we can to limit the spread of the disease,” Morse said. “But we must also understand the role of demographics in creating the sort of population prone to the coronavirus and other pandemics. With any luck, and by the grace of God, Italy will experience a post-COVID baby boom. Any new baby is a sign of renewed hope in the future. Certainly, new babies conceived in Italy now are a great sign of hope.”

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

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

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

*The rate of cases per million population for Italy was conspicuously absent from this chart on the day I checked. I calculated the roughly 466 cases per million population by using the number of cases in Italy, (27,980, as of March 17) and dividing by Italy’s total population as reported here. Italy’s cases per million population is by far the largest in the world.

 


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