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The Ruth Institute’s first annual Survivors of the Sexual Revolution Summit (April 26-27 in Lake Charles, LA) will include a brilliant array of speakers, among them academics, scholars and authors.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute said: “We are honored to present such an illustrious group of speakers at our first Survivors Summit. Together, they represent decades of research and scholarship on a broad range of issues surrounding the Sexual Revolution.”
Keynote Speakers include:
Fr. D. Paul Sullins, Ph.D. --- The Rev. D. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., is a senior Research Associate of the Ruth Institute. Dr. Sullins is a leader in the field of research on same-sex parenting and its implications for child development. He has written four books and over 100 journal articles, research reports, and essays on issues of family, faith and culture.
Dr. Sullins is also the author of The Ruth Institute’s “Study on the Role of ‘Sexual Orientation’ in the Catholic Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal.”
Formerly an Episcopalian, Dr. Sullins is a married Catholic priest. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology at Catholic University in 1997 and taught there from 1998 until his retirement. He also serves as Associate Pastor of the Church of Saint Mark the Evangelist in Hyattsville, MD.
Dr. Sullins will speak on “What It’s Costing Our Children: Clergy Sex Abuse and Gay Parenting by the Numbers.”
Dr. Stephen Baskerville, Ph.D. is a professor of government at Patrick Henry College. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and has held regular appointments at Howard University and Palacky University in the Czech Republic, as well as visiting appointments at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, and the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow.
Dr. Baskerville writes on comparative and international politics and on political ideologies with an emphasis on religion, family policy and sexuality. His books include: The New Politics of Sex: The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties and the Growth of Governmental Power, and Taken into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage and the Family.
Dr. Baskerville is widely recognized as a leading authority on fatherhood, family policy, and sexual politics.
Dr. Baskerville will speak on “How No-Fault Divorce Empowers the State.”
Leila Miller is a Catholic writer and author whose passion is Church teaching on marriage, family and human sexuality. She is the author of Primal Loss: The Now Adult Children of Divorce Speak, Raising Chaste Catholic Men: Practical Advice, Mom to Mom, and her latest book, coauthored with Trent Horn of Catholic Answers, Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today’s Tough Moral Issues.
Mrs. Miller will speak on “The Lifelong Impact of Divorce on Children.”
Robert A. J. Gagnon is Professor of New Testament Theology at Houston Baptist University. Previously, he was a tenured Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, teaching there with distinction for 23 years (1994-2017). He has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. His main fields of interest are Pauline theology and sexual issues in the Bible.
He is the author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics and co-author (with Dan O. Via) of Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views.
Dr. Gagnon will speak on “What the Bible Really Teaches About Homosexual Activity.” He will also receive the Ruth Institute’s Scholar of the Year Award at the Awards Dinner Friday evening.
Moira Greyland plays stunning harp solos and sings beautiful songs including selections from the repertoire of Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli and Celtic Woman.
Greyland is the only daughter of bestselling science fiction author and feminist icon, Marion Zimmer Bradley (author of The Mists of Avalon series) and author Walter Breen.
Both of Moira’s parents led lives of unrestrained homosexual sex. Moira’s book discloses that her mother molested her from the time she was three-years-old until she was 12. Her talk, “Growing Up with Gay: Why Christians Promote Chastity” will be based on her childhood memoir, The Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon.
Ms. Greyland will receive the Public Witness of the Year Award at the Awards Dinner Friday night. She will also perform the world-premiere of her original song, The Monster’s Lullaby, based on her experiences.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse was a spokeswoman for California’s winning Proposition 8 campaign, defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. She has authored or co-authored six books and spoken around the world on marriage, family and human sexuality. Her latest book is The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives and How the Church was Right All Along. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of Rochester and taught economics at Yale and George Mason Universities.
Dr. Morse will close the Summit, speaking on “We Can Make A Difference.”
Regarding the program, Morse commented, “It’s hard to imagine a better-credentialed group to refute the Sexual Revolution’s myths. This all-star program will help us arrive at a better understanding of how we got where we are today, and what we can do about it.”
For more information on the Summit: http://www.ruthinstitute.org/upcoming-events/survivors-summit
To arrange an interview with Dr. Morse or other speakers, contact: info@ ruthinstitute.org