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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.