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8000-strong petition asking Trump to ‘make family great again’ delivered to US State Department

The petition urges the Commission to make the family its focus, by acknowledging that human rights start with the family.

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Jennifer Roback Morse delivers 'Make The Family Great Again' petition to Mary Ann Glendon, chairman of the US State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights, in Washington D.C., Feb. 21, 2020. Ruth Institute
By LifeSiteNews staff and By Ruth Institute

 

February 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A petition signed by 8,000 people asking President Trump to “make the family great again” by making life, marriage, and the family guiding principles in U.S. foreign policy was delivered on Friday to the US State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights in Washington D.C.

The Ruth Institute along with LifePetitions presented its “Make The Family Great Again” petition along with its signers to the Commission’s Chairman, former Ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann Glendon.

“We are concerned about the rights of the family and the rights of children,” said Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse prior to hand-delivering the petition. The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend the family and build a civilization of love. Also present at the petition delivery was Gualberto Garcia Jones, Director of Advocacy at LifePetitions.

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Jennifer Roback Morse and Gualberto Garcia Jones outside the US State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights to deliver 'Make The Family Great Again' petition, Washington D.C., Feb. 21, 2020. SOURCE: LifeSiteNews.com

After delivering the petition, Morse spoke at a meeting of the Commission. She outlined in a video prior to delivering the petition what she was going to speak to the committee about.

“I'm going to tell them that we hold these truths to be self-evident: that every person comes into the world as a helpless baby, that every person has a mother and a father, that every society needs some structured institutions for getting children from helpless infancy to responsible adulthood, and that the needs of children place limitations on the behavior of adults, including adult sexual behavior,” she said prior to delivering the petition.

Morse told LifeSiteNews that after delivering the petition, Ambassador Glendon told her that she was “grateful for our interest in the Commission’s work and promised that our petition would be permanently stored in the State Department’s archives.”

It’s been a long road from when the Ruth Institute launched its petition last September, in partnership with LifePetitions, to the meeting at the State Department on Friday.

In July, the Commission on Unalienable Rights was appointed by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to advise his department on how to incorporate an understanding of authentic human rights into its dealings with international bodies and foreign governments.

Morse said that the petition “urges the Commission to make the family its focus, by acknowledging that human rights start with the family.”

It declares that the Commission should work for an understanding of the rights which undergird the family, including:

  • The right of every child to a relationship with their natural mother and father except for an unavoidable tragedy
  • The right of every person to know the identity of his or her biological parents
  • The right to life from conception to natural death
  • The right of parents to educate their own children in their faith tradition and values without being undermined by the state.

Besides 8,000 online signers at LifePetitions.com, the petition was also signed by an illustrious array of leaders in the United States and from around the world.

Leadership signers included:

  • Gary Bauer (President, American Values)
  • Brent Bozell (Founder and President, Media Research Center)
  • Fr. Shenan Boquet (President, Human Life International)
  • Janice Shaw Crouse (Author, Columnist and Speaker)
  • Pat Fagan (Director, Marriage and Religion Research Institute)
  • Jor-El Godsey (President, Heartbeat International)
  • Governor Mike Huckabee (commentator and former Governor of Arkansas)
  • Alveda King (Author and Activist)
  • Michael Pakaluk (Professor, Busch School of Business, Catholic University of America)
  • Tom Morrison (State Representative, Ill. District 54)
  • Steven W, Mosher (President and Founder, Population Research Institute)
  • C. Preston Noell (President, American Society for Tradition, Family and Property)
  • Sharon Slater (President, Family Watch International)
  • Steven Smoot (President, Family First Foundation)
  • Mathew D. Staver, Esq. (Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel)
  • Michael Voris (Founder and President, St. Michael’s Media)

Signers from outside the United States included:

  • Rebekah Ali-Gouveia (Pro-Family Leader, Trinidad)
  • Bishop Emmanuel Badejo (Bishop of Oyo, Nigeria)
  • Moira Chimombo (Former Executive Director, Sub-Sahara Family Enrichment, Malawi)
  • Silvio Dalla Valle (Executive Director, Association for the Defense of Christian Values, Italy)
  • Ann Kioko (President, African Organization for Families, Kenya)
  • Lech Kowalewski (Board Member, Polish Federation of Pro-Life Movements)
  • Christa Leonhard (Foundation for Family Values, Germany and the Swiss Foundation for the Family)
  • Gwen Landolt (First Vice President, REAL Women of Canada)
  • Warwick and Allison Marsh (Founders, Dads4Kids, Australia)
  • Dr. Theresa Okafor (Director, Foundation for African Cultural Heritage, FACH, Nigeria)
  • Fr. Boniface Ssenteza, (Youth Chaplain for the Kasana-Luweero Diocese, and National Scouting Chaplain, Uganda)
  • Christine Vollmer (Founder and President, Latin American Alliance for the Family, Venezuela)
  • Andrea Williams (Chief Executive, Christian Concern, United Kingdom)
  • Levan Vasadez (Pro-Life Activist, Republic of Georgia).

Morse testified at the Commission meeting that day: “Pro-family leaders from around the world have signed our petition, which we undertook in partnership with LifePetitions. The pro-family leaders from Latin America and Africa are especially aware of the harm international agencies can do when they ignore the rights of the family mentioned in our petition. All too often, the United States government has collaborated in the promotion of destructive policies which undermine the rights of children to their parents, and parents’ rights and responsibilities toward their children.” Read complete testimony here.

The Ruth Institute intends to continue pressing the Commission on Unalienable Rights and the State Department to make the family the basis of its human rights policy.


Ruth Institute President Welcomes First Public Meetings of State Dept. Commission on Unalienable Rights

Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., welcomed the news that the Commission on Unalienable Rights will begin its work with two public meetings, October 23 and November 1, at the State Department in Washington, D.C.

“The Commission has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get the State Department behind authentic human rights, which begin with the family,” Morse said. “Respect for the rights of others is learned in the family. In turn, governments must respect the rights of families, including the right to educate their children in their own faith tradition, without being undermined by the government.”

The Ruth Institute is co-sponsoring a Make The Family Great Again Petition with Life Petitions.

The petition affirms that:


  • Marriage and the family are universal institutions for the stability of society and the continuation of the human race.
  • Loyalty and fidelity are universally recognized as virtues.
  • Children need their mother and father.
  • Stable loving families provide the basis for strong societies, including thriving economies, national security and international peace.
  • The United Nations and other international organizations often work at cross-purposes to these important truths.
  • Making America great again requires that we make the family great again, both at home and abroad.

Therefore, the Petition urges the Commission on Unalienable Rights to work for recognition of the following fundamental rights:

  • The right of every child to a relationship with his or her natural mother and father except for an unavoidable tragedy.
  • The right of every person to know the identity of his or her biological parents.
  • The right to life from conception to natural death.
  • The right of families to educate their own children in their faith tradition and values, without being undermined by the state.

Morse noted: “Our more than 40 original petition signers are a Who’s Who of the international pro-family movement, including Gov. Mike Huckabee, Alveda King, and Fr. Shenan Boquet, the President of Human Life International, as well as international leaders from Africa, Europe, and Latin America.”

To date, nearly 7,700 have signed the petition worldwide.

“We welcome the beginnings of a process to get the State Department behind the rights of the family. If kids don’t have a right to their parents, nobody has a right to anything,” Morse concluded.

The Ruth Institute is a global interfaith non-profit organization equipping Christians 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.

Find more on The Ruth Institute at http://www.ruthinstitute.org/.

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


RUTH INSTITUTE GRATEFUL FOR LEADERS SUPPORTING ITS MAKE THE FAMILY GREAT AGAIN PETITION

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., founder and president of the Ruth Institute, thanked the pro-family leaders who have signed the Institute’s petition to Make the Family Great Again.

“We’re grateful for the help of so many wonderful leaders, both here and abroad, who’ve been in the trenches of the fight for life and the family and are supporting the Make the Family Great Again petition,” Morse said.

The petition, co-sponsored with Life Petitions, calls on the newly created State Department Commission on Unalienable Rights to focus on the family in guiding the Department in its dealings with foreign governments and international institutions.

The Commission is headed by pro-life Harvard Law Professor Mary Ann Glendon, a former ambassador to the Vatican, and a natural-rights proponent.

Original petition signers include:


Ted Baehr (Christian Film and Television Commission), Fr. Shenan Boquet (Human Life International), Brent Bozell (Media Research Center), Patrick Fagan (Marriage and Religion Research Institute), Professor Robert George (Princeton University), Michael Pakaluk, (Catholic University of America), Jor-El Godsey (Heartbeat International), Mike Huckabee (former Arkansas Governor), Alveda King (author and activist), Steven Mosher (Population Research Institute), and Sharon Slater (Family Watch International).

Signers outside the U.S. include leaders from Trinidad, Nigeria, Malawi, Canada, Kenya, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Georgia.

Find a complete list of original signers here.

“This is a great opportunity for the pro-family movement to be heard with a petition addressed to a sympathetic State Department Commission,” Morse observed.

The petition notes that:

  • Marriage and the family are universal institutions for the stability of society and the continuation of the human race.
  • Children need their mother and father.
  • Stable loving families provide the basis for strong societies, including thriving economies, national security, and international peace.

Therefore, the petition calls on the Commission on Unalienable Rights to work for recognition of:

  • The right of every child to a relationship with his or her natural mother and father, excepting an unavoidable tragedy
  • The right of every person to know the identity of his or her biological parents
  • The right to life from conception to natural death, and
  • The right of families to educate their own children in their faith tradition and values, without being undermined by the state.

Sign the Petition to Make Families Great Again here.

The Ruth Institute is a global interfaith non-profit organization equipping Christians 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. https://thesexualstate.com/

For More information on The Ruth Institutehttp://www.ruthinstitute.org/

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


Global Organization Petitions to ‘Make the Family Great Again’

by Martina Moyski • ChurchMilitant.com • September 20, 2019

DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute, launched a petition to "Make the Family Great Again."

"The president campaigned on the promise to Make America Great Again. But only the family can help him fulfill that promise," Morse said.

The "Make the Family Great Again" petition urges the newly established Commission on Unalienable Rights, under the umbrella of the secretary of state, to consider certain fundamental principles the basis for articulating unalienable rights:


  • Marriage and the family are universal institutions for the stability of society and the continuation of the human race.
  • Children need their mother and father.
  • Stable loving families provide the basis for strong societies, including thriving economies, national security and international peace.

Morse argues that the most sustained attacks on the family are not coming from the "culture." Instead, the government itself has created much of the anti-family climate, she says.

A case in point, according to Morse, includes the government refusing to enforce the marriage "contract"; no-fault divorce means the government always takes sides with the partner who wants the marriage the least.

Another includes the government mandating and financing sexual education in public schools which promotes the LGBT ideology, including transgenderism.

She said they are mostly asking President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who launched the Commission on Unalienable Rights, "to recognize the family's right to exist" and "to stop actively attacking it."

The family advocate's 2018 book, The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives and Why the Church Was Right All Along, presents a 15-point manifesto for the family.

The first 10 points address things the government should stop doing, including "sex education in public schools," "taxpayer-funded Women's Studies and Gender Studies programs at universities" and "the 'marriage tax' from all welfare programs."

The author argues that the sexual revolution did not just happen but was deliberately created by "elites" (named in the book), harnessing the power of the state, which allowed them to inflict "three false and calamitous ideologies — contraception, divorce and gender" that have led to widespread and profound misery.

Overall, Morse maintains that committed Christians have the best chance of offering the world what it is really looking for.

Pope St. John Paul II, who lost all of his immediate family — mother, older brother, an infant sister and father — by the time he was 20 years old, is sometimes remembered as "Pope of the Family."

The sainted pope penned a "Letter to Families" which he said gave him "a welcome opportunity to knock at the door of your home, eager to greet you with deep affection and to spend time with you."

To make the family holy again, the Pope wrote, "[T]he question of responsible fatherhood and motherhood is an integral part of the 'civilization of love.'"

He argued throughout the letter that, in order to fulfill its missionary mandate, the family has to abandon the view that it is "a victim of the culture"; instead it must see itself as "a protagonist in its transformation."

He reminds people they are not defeated and have freedom in Christ to embrace and live the truth of their humanity, a freedom that is neither understood or experienced in a life of sin.

For the Pope, building "a civilization of love" depends on sacramental living and active commitment of spouses.

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Morse's 15-point manifesto

Pompeo initiated the Trump administration's new Commission on Unalienable Rights on July 8.

The commission was created, according to Pompeo, to provide him "with advice on human rights" and to carry out "one of the most profound reexaminations of the unalienable rights in the world since the 1948 Universal Declaration" — and one engendered by reference to the "unalienable rights" that "are endowed by the Creator" cited in the Declaration of Independence.

The Ruth Institute is a global interfaith coalition created to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Its resource center provides decades of research and educational tools to support individuals and families harmed by divorce, the hook-up culture and other forms of family breakdown.

The Rev. D. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., a senior research associate at the Ruth Institute, did a recent study which found that "the spate of child sex abuse in the 1970s and 1980s was strongly related to a concentrated presence of homosexual men in the Catholic priesthood."

The Ruth Institute's petition, including notable signers from both inside and outside the United States, can be found online.

 


Decision 2016: Quack, quack, quack

by Jennifer Roback Morse

Originally published at The Blaze on October 21, 2016.

I have friends who are Never Trump, Reluctantly Trump and Members of the Trump Advisory Team. I understand the reasons behind these positions. I intend now to speak only for myself, and not for the Ruth Institute, which of course, does not take positions on political candidates.

My dream in life is that every child be welcomed into life to a loving home with a married mother and father. My life goal is to create a Christ-like mass social movement to end the agony and injustice of family breakdown. From this perspective, both major candidates are deeply flawed. I did not vote for either in the primary.

However, the third debate cemented my belief that the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is a choice between a sworn enemy of all I believe in, and an uncertain ally. Their exchange on abortion removed all doubt. Clinton has never seen an abortion she wouldn’t support. Trump described late term abortions graphically, and declared them “terrible,” something “nobody has the right” to do.

I do not find this a difficult choice. I realize that some people find Trump so morally repugnant that they won’t vote for him. So, let me tell you what I plan to do.

  1. Between now and the election, I do not plan to excuse, defend, “endorse” or “support” Trump. Nor do I plan to agonize, wring my hands or clutch my pearls over how to vote.
  2. On Election Day, I plan to go into the voting booth and pull the lever for Trump. I plan to give it no further thought. I will leave the voting booth, and go right back to doing my primary vocation.
  3. Before, during and after Election Day, I plan to not lose any friends over Trump. If people feel they must “unfriend” me, I can’t stop them. But I will not attack my friends for making a different decision than I do. I am opposed in principle, to circular firing squads.

I am not the slightest bit concerned about any new “revelations” coming up between now and November 8. Such “revelations” will tell us nothing we did not already know. These October “surprises” are calculated to manipulate our emotions. I decline to turn off my brain because somebody punched my buttons.

I have my hands full fulfilling my own mission. Defending the rights of children to their own parents, helping people heal from the Sexual Revolution: this work keeps me busy more than full-time. This election is taking up far too much bandwidth.

For example, my most recent column on this site pointed out the well-documented risks of abuse for children whose mothers cohabit with their boyfriends. This information could literally save lives. The story got a handful of shares, and over on our Facebook wall, no one was interested. If I had posted about Donald or Hillary, on the other hand, well, draw your own conclusions.

My vote and my influence over other people’s votes is not significant enough to matter. Neither is yours. On the other hand, my activity, time and attention to my primary vocation, is literally irreplaceable. I bet yours is too. And if it is not, ask yourself why it is not, and what you could do differently. I am quite clear that influencing federal elections is not on my short list of how to create a world of justice for children.

I do offer one final suggestion, for those whose social circle makes it awkward to admit to voting for Trump.

When people ask for whom you voted, say, “Donald,” and make a quacking noise. They can draw their own conclusions. You don’t need to correct them. If that helps you save face, I think you can be forgiven for slightly misleading your friends. Then move on, and do something that matters.

But if you go home and wait four years for the next election, don’t whine about the choices on offer. The choices will only get worse in 2020, if good people don’t get off the couch and get seriously engaged.

That will be true, no matter who wins in 2016.


Jennifer Roback Morse Ph.D. is Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, a global non-profit organization, dedicated to creating a Christ-like solution to family breakdown. Visit at www.ruthinstitute.org or facebook.com/TheRuthInstitute/ To hear more from Dr. Morse, sign up for her e-newsletter here and receive a free gift.


US Catholic Bishops Speak Out: Obergefell ruling a "tragic error"

by Jennifer Roback Morse 

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a strongly worded statement, supporting natural marriage. Here are some highlights from the statement, issued by the President of the Conference, Archbishop of Louisville, Joseph Kurtz.

  • Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today.
  • It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.

 

 


  • The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote. 
  • Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home.
  • Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and will continue to teach and to act according to this truth. 

Charitable, yes. But no "wiggle room" on the crucial moral issues. 

We urge everyone to write to Archbishop Kurtz and the Bishops' conference, thanking them for their leadership and clarity. You do not have to be Catholic to do this. These men will appreciate your support, whatever your religious tradition may be. If you are Catholic, and have not heard anything from your own priests or bishops, feel free to send this statement along to them, with a note, respectfully asking them to consider reading this from the pulpit. 

In any case: THANK ARCHBISHOP KURTZ!

When our clergy do something so right, so positive, so clear and charitable, we must support them. I suggest you write to the Archbishop in care of the Bishops Conference, and in his home Diocese. (Addresses are below.) 

And yes, do it the old-fashioned way: paper, ink. envelopes, stamps, the Whole Nine Yards of courtesy! 

If you don't do this small task, please do not complain to me about how the country is going to hell in a hand-basket, ok? 

thx

Dr. J 

The Most Reverend Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, 

President, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

3211 Fourth Street NE

Washington DC 20017

And, in his home diocese: 

The Most Reverend Archbishop Joseph Kurtz,

Archdiocese of Louisville

PO Box 1073

Louisville KY 40201-1073

  

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