Ruth Speaks Out

This blog is maintained by the Ruth Institute. It provides a place for our Circle of Experts to express themselves. This is where the scholars, experts, students and followers of the Ruth Institute engage in constructive dialogue about the issues surrounding the Sexual Revolution. We discuss public policy, social practices, legal doctrines and much more.


Fighting for the Family

This article was posted on July 20, 2021, at Church Militant.

While anti-family forces ramp up their efforts, pro-family forces must ramp up theirs. To that end, experts at a pro-family conference this weekend in the Pelican State discussed the ongoing war in the sexual revolution. Church Militant's William Mahoney has a few highlights from the event.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse: "The purpose of the summit for survivors of the sexual revolution is to try to enlist more people in pro-family activism."

The overarching theme of the 2021 Survivors' Summit in Lake Charles, Louisiana, was established in the opening presentation titled "Understanding the Global Sexual Revolution and Confronting the Sexual State."

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse:


The Ruth Institute has a dream that every child be welcomed into life in a loving home with their own mother and father married to each other, so that every child can have a relationship with his or her own parents unless some unavoidable tragedy takes place to prevent it.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, who gave the opening talk, is the founder and president of the Ruth Institute, which hosted the event.

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

Dr. Morse: "It's the same playbook for how they push out junk science to make a point that isn't true. And we have here in the room people with expertise who are in a position to refute that stuff."

Opening talks on Friday were followed by a fourth annual awards dinner that honored Sharon Slater as activist of the year, Katy Faust for her book of the year, Them Before Us, and Baptist pastor Walter Hoye as witness of the year.

Hoye was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to 30 days in prison for standing on the sidewalk near a Planned Parenthood abortuary in California with a sign, "Jesus loves you and your baby. Let us help."

Hoye gave the keynote address: "Black and Pro-Life in America."

Pastor Walter Hoye: "Black Americans are facing irreversibility. ... We came from big families, but that's not true anymore. And it's at the point now where we're getting to the point where we're going to be facing irreversibility."

Medical experts included the president of the American College of Pediatricians, a representative of the Catholic Medical Association and executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life OB/GYNs.

There were also legal experts, therapists and personal survivors of the sexual revolution like Walt Heyer, a man who once lived as a woman.

Walt Heyer: "We are so reluctant to be bold and be truthful about the fact that no one can change their gender, there are no transgenders, nobody transitions. Gender dysphoria is only a symptom of something deeper; it's not a diganosis."

The Ruth Institute will be publishing the presentations and panel discussions in the coming weeks.

In the coming days, Evening News will offer highlights of the Ruth Institute's Survivors' Summit, as well as discussions with featured speakers.


Who’s Really Pro-Choice?

by William Mahoney, Ph.D. • ChurchMilitant.com • July 23, 2021

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The world of therapy and counseling is under attack when it comes to gender identity and same-sex attraction. But some therapists and health care workers are crying foul and fighting back. Church Militant's William Mahoney recently spoke with one psychologist about her organization's international work.

For leftist groups like Planned Parenthood, free choice is encouraged for aborting children, but vilified for same-sex-attracted individuals who choose counseling to work through their feelings.

Dr. Laura Haynes: "[I'm] defending the right — the legal right — to therapy for people who want to explore options to their unwanted same-sex attraction or unwanted incongruent gender identity."



A speaker on Saturday at the Ruth Institute's 2021 Survivors' Summit, Dr. Haynes has 40 years' experience of clinical practice and is now a full-time political activist.

And while the International Planned Parenthood Federation pushes its contradictory narrative regarding choice, Haynes' group, The International Federation for Therapeutic and Counseling Choice, or IFTCC, is the "home for the once-gay, those coming-out and the de-transitioners, because we're free to choose."

Dr. Haynes: "We train activists to defend the legal right to therapy. So these would be therapists, pastors, journalists, attorneys, former LGBT-identified people."

The IFTCC maintains legislation based on unscientific notions is not only wrong, it's harmful.

Dr. Haynes: "There are underlying causes that need attention that are being denied today. I think this is medical malpractice."

In the name of choice, Planned Parenthood, et al., are eager to deal with unwanted pregnancies by killing the child.

But when an individual wants an alternative to handling unwanted feelings that contradict the abortion chain's narrative, choice is out the window.

For more information on Dr. Haynes' organization and its work, visit IFTCC.org.


No Child Born in Wrong Body

by William Mahoney, Ph.D.

This article was first published at ChurchMilitant on July 21, 2021.

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The money-making gender industry is destroying lives and families. But one woman who struggled with gender identity as a child is helping people understand the underlying reasons for gender dysphoria. Church Militant's William Mahoney recently spoke with her about her work.

No child is born in the wrong body: That's the principal message of a new book for children by an author who speaks from experience.

Erin Brewer: "My name is Erin Brewer, and I actually wrote a book about my experience being a transgender child. And I did that because I felt it was really important to share with people that children who have these difficult feelings don't have to 'transition.'"


Erin lamented there are children's books like I Am Jazz that push a false narrative about children dealing with gender confusion. I Am Jazz was written by a child going by "Jazz Jennings" and co-authored by LGBT propagandist Jessica Herthel. I Am Jazz is listed as a book for children from 4 to 8 years old.

A blurb in the listing exposes the driving pro-LGBT message of the book: "From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body."

Erin Brewer:

I wanted to make sure that kids know that's not true. So I got help from therapists and teachers to help me resolve those difficult feelings. And initially, when somebody suggested that I write a kids' book, I thought, "It's going to be really difficult." The reason I developed that dysphoria in the first place was the result of a sexual assault, and that's not something that you want to typically write about in a kids' book. But then I thought about I Am Jazz, which tells children they were born in the wrong body, and I thought, "That's really scary. I'm not sure if there's anything more scary [sic] than that."

After prayer and reflection, Erin decided her book countering the transgender industry's narrative needed to be written. And while pro-LGBT Herthel goes around indoctrinating children, parents, teachers and politicians how to use I Am Jazz as a "teaching tool," Erin is fighting hellfire with the fire of truth in love.

Erin Brewer:

After writing the book, I wanted to find a way to get the message out more. And the organization that I cofounded called Partners for Ethical Care raised $1,000 in two days for me. We were able to buy a bunch of books — and I've been driving around the country donating them to libraries, health care providers, churches and therapy offices.

The organization Erin cofounded can be found online at PartnersForEthicalCare.com.That organization, PEC for short, exists to stop the medical transitioning of children and spread the truth that transitioning is not an identity, but an intervention that harms children.

Erin Brewer: "We collect stories. We have information for parents. We reach out to legislators and to doctors and to teachers to try to help them understand how dangerous it is to do this to children."

Church Militant spoke with Erin during the weekend in Lake Charles, Louisiana, when she was spreading PEC's hope-filled message as a guest speaker at the Ruth Institute's 2021 Survivors' Summit.

Erin's book, Always Erin, can be found on the Partners for Ethical Care website, as well as on Amazon.


Ruth Institute’s ‘Survivor’s Summit’ to Explore Rotten Fruit of Sexual Revolution

Summit attendees will examine the global sexual revolution and the future of freedom and family.

by Kathy Schiffer

This article was first posted July 15, 2021 at National Catholic Register.

 

Our society is under attack from within. Those in the helping professions — doctors, educators, counselors — all have faced a challenge from the Cancel Culture. The culture wrought by the sexual revolution demands that we abandon our Christian principles, replace the traditional family and embrace a whole new culture of sexual “freedom” which promotes same-sex “marriage,” transgenderism, premarital and extramarital sex and abortion as societal goods.

The Ruth Institute will challenge the prevailing narrative with its fourth annual Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution July 16-17. This year’s event will bring together experts to discuss the global sexual revolution, citing the casualties and the medical costs. The participants will lay out solutions to reclaim the professions and strengthen the traditional family.

The Register spoke with Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the Ruth Institute, about the theme for this year's summit, with its focus on those in the fields of medicine, education and therapy.


“What the professions all have in common,” Morse explained, “is that they are under tremendous pressure from the left to conform to a false narrative. And the central problem is common to all of the professions, not just the ones we're talking about. In social work, for example, the same pattern is evident: [Sexual revolution ideologues] weasel their way into the profession, manufacturing fake evidence and reshaping the narrative.”

 

One example of such blatant distortion, Morse reported, was a resolution passed by the American Medical Association members at their annual meeting in June. The AMA advocated for the removal of sex from birth certificates. “Designating sex on birth certificates as male or female,” claimed AMA Board Chair-Elect Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, M.D., “perpetuates the view that sex designation is permanent and fails to recognize the medical spectrum of gender identity. This type of categorization system also risks stifling an individual's self-expression and self-identification and contributes to marginalization and minoritization.”

Morse reported that last year, at the Ruth Institute's 2020 Summit, they learned that Planned Parenthood had been distributing cross-sex hormones to teenagers. Until that time, pro-life sidewalk counselors had been trained to help an abortion-minded woman to choose life, but they were not prepared to counsel teens who arrived at the clinic planning to initiate a sex change.

Morse worked with Dr. Michelle Cretella, the executive director of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), developing a way to encourage teens with gender dysphoria to seek help, instead of seeking life-altering surgery. Together they came up with a pamphlet for sidewalk counselors to use. That pamphlet, titled “Your Pain Is Real,” will be introduced Friday and Saturday.

Attendees of the summit will explore four related themes: the global sexual revolution; counting the casualties; medical costs; and the demographic winter and the future of freedom and family.

 

Speakers Expose the Fallacies Behind the Transgender Movement

The topic of transgenderism is one which several of the summit’s speakers have faced personally.

Walt Heyer experienced gender confusion as the result of an abusive childhood. He took hormones and underwent surgery to adopt the appearance of a female, then lived for eight years appearing to be a woman until stopping in 1991. Heyer, whose story is told in Ryan Anderson's 2018 book When Harry Became Sally, talked with the Register about his presentation at the Survivors' Summit.

“The issues are significant,” Heyer said, “in that the idea of changing genders is false. No one today has the medical expertise to biologically change what is innate and fixed from conception; that is, when the sperm hits the egg, gender/sex is immutable and as such, cannot be changed by using hormones or performing radical surgical procedures. The infallible truth is that a person can only change persona (public presentation), not gender or sex (biologically innate and fixed). My role [in the summit] is to bring a perspective of truth that is so often neglected, earned through my experience of living as a woman for eight years.”

As a young child, Erin Brewer experienced intense self-hatred and loathing for her female body. She cut her hair short, wore her brother's hand-me-downs and was verbally and physically aggressive toward her classmates. A caring school counselor led her parents and teachers to help resolve her gender confusion by reinforcing her female identity, exposing her to strong and talented women and putting her in girls' groups such as Brownies.

Read the full article here.

 

 

 


Ruth Institute Suvivor's Summit: Exploring the Rotten Fruit of the Sexual Revolution

Ruth Institute’s ‘Survivor’s Summit’ to Explore Rotten Fruit of Sexual Revolution

 


Kathy Schiffer - This article was originally published on the National Catholic Register

Our society is under attack from within. Those in the helping professions — doctors, educators, counselors — all have faced a challenge from the Cancel Culture. The culture wrought by the sexual revolution demands that we abandon our Christian principles, replace the traditional family and embrace a whole new culture of sexual “freedom” which promotes same-sex “marriage,” transgenderism, premarital and extramarital sex and abortion as societal goods.

The Ruth Institute will challenge the prevailing narrative with its fourth annual Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution July 16-17. This year’s event will bring together experts to discuss the global sexual revolution, citing the casualties and the medical costs. The participants will lay out solutions to reclaim the professions and strengthen the traditional family.


The Register spoke with Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the Ruth Institute, about the theme for this year's summit, with its focus on those in the fields of medicine, education and therapy.

“What the professions all have in common,” Morse explained, “is that they are under tremendous pressure from the left to conform to a false narrative. And the central problem is common to all of the professions, not just the ones we're talking about. In social work, for example, the same pattern is evident: [Sexual revolution ideologues] weasel their way into the profession, manufacturing fake evidence and reshaping the narrative.”

One example of such blatant distortion, Morse reported, was a resolution passed by the American Medical Association members at their annual meeting in June. The AMA advocated for the removal of sex from birth certificates. “Designating sex on birth certificates as male or female,” claimed AMA Board Chair-Elect Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, M.D., “perpetuates the view that sex designation is permanent and fails to recognize the medical spectrum of gender identity. This type of categorization system also risks stifling an individual's self-expression and self-identification and contributes to marginalization and minoritization.”

Morse reported that last year, at the Ruth Institute's 2020 Summit, they learned that Planned Parenthood had been distributing cross-sex hormones to teenagers. Until that time, pro-life sidewalk counselors had been trained to help an abortion-minded woman to choose life, but they were not prepared to counsel teens who arrived at the clinic planning to initiate a sex change.

Morse worked with Dr. Michelle Cretella, the executive director of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), developing a way to encourage teens with gender dysphoria to seek help, instead of seeking life-altering surgery. Together they came up with a pamphlet for sidewalk counselors to use. That pamphlet, titled “Your Pain Is Real,” will be introduced Friday and Saturday.

Attendees of the summit will explore four related themes: the global sexual revolution; counting the casualties; medical costs; and the demographic winter and the future of freedom and family.

Speakers Expose the Fallacies Behind the Transgender Movement

The topic of transgenderism is one which several of the summit’s speakers have faced personally.

Walt Heyer experienced gender confusion as the result of an abusive childhood. He took hormones and underwent surgery to adopt the appearance of a female, then lived for eight years appearing to be a woman until stopping in 1991. Heyer, whose story is told in Ryan Anderson's 2018 book When Harry Became Sally, talked with the Register about his presentation at the Survivors' Summit.

“The issues are significant,” Heyer said, “in that the idea of changing genders is false. No one today has the medical expertise to biologically change what is innate and fixed from conception; that is, when the sperm hits the egg, gender/sex is immutable and as such, cannot be changed by using hormones or performing radical surgical procedures. The infallible truth is that a person can only changepersona (public presentation), not gender or sex (biologically innate and fixed). My role [in the summit] is to bring a perspective of truth that is so often neglected, earned through my experience of living as a woman for eight years.”

As a young child, Erin Brewer experienced intense self-hatred and loathing for her female body. She cut her hair short, wore her brother's hand-me-downs and was verbally and physically aggressive toward her classmates. A caring school counselor led her parents and teachers to help resolve her gender confusion by reinforcing her female identity, exposing her to strong and talented women and putting her in girls' groups such as Brownies.

Today, Brewer is a well-regarded therapist who specializes in helping gender-dysphoric teens. She is co-founder of the Compassion Coalition, an international group for those fighting to ban invasive, harmful, unproven medical interventions for gender-confused children, as well as co-founder of Partners for Ethical Care, a group to raise awareness and support efforts to stop the unethical treatment of children by schools, hospitals and mental healthcare providers under the duplicitous banner of gender-identity affirmation.

Brewer will join Heyer on a panel titled, “Putting the Pieces Together: Equipping the Pro-Life Movement to Confront Trans-minded Clients.” Brewer told the Register, “My goal is to help educate people that transitioning is not an identity, but it's an experimental medical intervention that is both dangerous and harmful. All the research has shown that the best treatment is watchful waiting, supporting kids who are genuinely distressed. Often these children have underlying mental health issues; many are autistic.”

Brewer warned that society is doing these troubled children a serious disservice with skewed messages about what is normal and healthy development. “The goal of activists,” Brewer warned, “is to subvert the whole concept of biology.” As an example she cited a transgender activist who, in December 2020, called for all children to be placed on puberty blockers until they are old enough to decide for themselves what gender they would prefer.

The Demographic Winter

Don Feder, the Ruth Institute’s communications director and coalitions coordinator, warned about the worldwide decline in fertility. Even secular sources, he told the Register, are beginning to realize the real problems that a reduced birth rate will have in the years ahead.

“On May 24, the New York Times had a story,” Feder said, “with the ominous headline, ‘Long Slide Looms for World Population, With Sweeping Ramifications.’”

Feder had never expected to read such a headline in the New York Times. “I guess, though,” he said, “you can only close your eyes to reality for so long. It's become so obvious — not just that fertility rates are declining, but that we're soon going to go into population decline.”

Feder was disappointed that still, most people among the “population control” crowd still have blinders on that prevent them from seeing the future. He noted that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had recently received an environmental award from the United Kingdom-based population control group Population Matters, after announcing their intent to have no more than two children. The group called the couple “role models” for taking such a strong stand against overpopulation.

But despite the impervious population control advocates, Feder warned of dire consequences for civilization.

“I saw that China will lose half its population by 2100,” Feder said. First Chinese officials permitted only one child, and now, seeing the looming population crisis, they have permitted two. But still, Feder noted, the outlook of the Chinese toward children has been deeply affected.

“In the past, the most important thing in Chinese culture was family, tradition,” Feder said. “For Confucius, the family is everything. But now although the government is permitting more children, today most Chinese, especially in cities, are saying, ‘We don’t want two or three children; we don’t want children at all.’”

The worst-case scenario for the declining birth rate in China could actually signal the end of a civilization, said Feder.

“You need people to maintain a society,” he said. “You can do without natural resources; but you can't do without people.”

He pointed to China's neighbor to the east, Japan, where they have an expression called “lonely death.” An industry has grown up in that Asian nation to remove the remains of old people who died at home by themselves, with no family to care for them. The fertility rate in Japan has fallen to 1.3 children per woman, Feder said, while in industrial nations, the replacement level (the level needed to maintain a population at the current level) is 2.1.

Here in the United States, the fertility level has been below replacement level for five or six years now. According to Feder, “Every year, we’re told the birth rate is the lowest it's ever been. In my generation, the average woman had 4.1 children; now, it’s below 2.”

For information on how to attend the Ruth Institute’s Fourth Annual Summit For Survivors of the Sexual Revolution July16-17, either in-person at Treasures of Marilyn’s in Lake Charles, Louisiana, or via live-streaming, go to ruthinstitute.org/summit-2021 .

 




UK Judges: Kids Can’t Know Consequences of Puberty Blockers

by Rodney Pelletier

This article, which quotes Dr. Morse, was posted at ChurchMilitant.com on December 4, 2020.

LONDON - So-called transgender children must get a court order for puberty blockers, according to a new British judicial ruling.

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel on the U.K. High Court called into question "whether a child under 16 or a young person between 16 and 18 can give the requisite consent" for puberty-suppressing drugs and directed that children must obtain a court order.

The court determined the U.K.'s National Health Service does not go far enough to establish whether a child seeking to transition understands the:

  • Immediate consequences of the treatment in physical and psychological terms
  • Fact that the vast majority of patients taking puberty blockers go on to cross-sex hormones — a pathway to much greater medical interventions
  • Relationship between taking cross-sex hormones and subsequent surgery, as well as the implications of such surgery
  • Possibility that cross-sex hormones may lead to loss of fertility
  • Impact of cross-sex hormones on sexual function
  • Highly uncertain evidence base for this treatment

Keira Bell, one of two claimants in the case, was given puberty-blocking drugs at 16 years old and underwent a double mastectomy at 20. Now at 23, she's regretting her so-called transition.

She told a group of reporters outside the court, "I wish (the judgment) had been made before I embarked on the devastating experiment of puberty blockers. My life would be very different today."

Founder and president of the pro-family organization the Ruth Institute, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, commented to Church Militant:

I applaud Keira Bell for her courage and persistence in making her case. Her (mis)treatment by the medical establishment is truly tragic. This ruling by a U.K. High Court makes it less likely that young people will be railroaded into irreversible treatments that harm rather than help them. I hope this ruling will have ripple effects on this side of the pond as well.

The lawyer for the other claimant, the mother of a 15-year-old girl with autism, testified: "A child still going through puberty is not capable of properly understanding the nature and effect of (puberty blockers) and weighing the consequences and side effects properly."

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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.”

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

 



Brits Ban Puberty Blockers: Ruth Inst. Cheers

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 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.


Barrett Didn’t Have to Apologize. Homosexuality is not Innate, Says Ruth Institute

October 16, 2020

For Immediate Release

“Judge Barrett did not have to apologize at all for using the expression ‘sexual preference,’” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., “Homosexuality is not innate.”

Morse was commenting on an exchange in the course of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) objected to Barrett’s use of the expression (in regard to Obergefell v. Hodges) which she said was “offensive to the LGBT community,” whereupon Barrett apologized.

Morse remarked: “The LGBT community, so-called, can take offense at anything they want. We certainly can’t stop them. However, science has now proven beyond doubt that there is no ‘gay gene.’ Whatever combination of nature and nurture, choice and chance, may be at work for any particular person’s situation, hard genetic determinism is certainly not correct.”


She added: “Self-identifying as ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ or ‘transgender’ is certainly a choice. Living a sexually active life with partners of the same sex is a choice, in fact, a whole series of choices.

“Unfortunately, we now have science by interest-group intimidation,” Morse charged.

In a commentary on a study in the August 30, 2019 issue of the publication Science, Fr. D. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., the Ruth Institute’s Senior Research Associate, remarked that the study “explodes the false narrative that being gay is an innate condition that is controlled or largely compelled by one’s genetic makeup.”

Sullins explains: “Rebutting decades of search by LGBT scientists for a ‘gay gene,’ the study’s first author flatly concludes ‘it will be basically impossible to predict one’s sexual activity or orientation from genetics.’” http://www.ruthinstitute.org/ruth-speaks-out/born-this-way-no-gay-gene

Morse added: “But this false narrative of gay at birth, or homosexuality as an innate condition, was the basis for the Supreme Court’s decision mandating same-sex marriage in Obergefell. That’s why the LGBT movement and its apologists become hysterical at the suggestion that homosexual behavior is a choice, implied in the expression ‘sexual preference.’ For the Sexual State, there’s so much at stake here.

“Ironically, the same politicians who say ‘listen to the scientists’ when it comes to COVID, are saying ‘Don’t listen to the scientists; listen to us,’ when it comes to homosexuality,” Morse remarked.

On June 5, 2020, Morse interviewed Dr. Walter Schumm of Kansas State University on efforts to silence research on gay issues.

 

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