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Ethics Week - Sexuality & Marriage: What's Ethics Got to do With It?

Alliance Defending Freedom

Date: Oct. 01, 2013

Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey

Doing the Right Thing Week: A University Exploration of Ethics

Sept. 30 - Oct. 4

Day #2 (Oct. 1) - Kellie Fiedorek & Ryan T. Anderson - Sexuality & Marriage:  What's Ethics Got to do With It?" - Rutgers University

Kellie Fiedorek (Alliance Defending Freedom) & Ryan T. Anderson (Heritage Foundation) will be speaking at Rutgers University on sexual ethics. In an "anything goes" sexual culture why should we even discuss the ethics of people's "private" lives? Are sexual mores grounded in anything besides our desires? As a result of the recent turbulent upheaval of opinion and law regarding marriage are there rational answers to a public understanding of marriage? Join us on campus for in depth academic lectures, a critical response, and public Q & A.

Three questions will be addressed:

1) Is there a rationale supporting biblical morality by investigating the meaning and purpose of human nature, sexuality, and marriage?

2) Is there reason to doubt the secular view of sexuality and marriage and are there harmful consequences of a materialistic view of human nature?

3) Why is religious freedom and freedom of conscience a good for society and are these freedoms marginalized if marriage is redefined.

The format will be as follows:

Fiedorek and Anderson will each give a 45 minute presentation.

Two opposing professors (not yet announced) will open the Q&A by asking questions and critiquing the views espoused in the presentations (20 minutes).

General audience Q&A (45 minutes)

This event will also be available live as an online video stream to indivduals and groups around the world.

"Ethics Week 2013" is a nation wide university initiative to focus on a discussion of the foundation of morality, how do we determine what is right and wrong, and what it means to live ethically. These are questions that every college student, indeed every person on the planet, must grapple with as the answers affect government, society, our families, and ourselves. 

5 Universities, 5 Nights, 5 Big Questions

  • MONDAY Sept. 30 (6:30pm EDT) | Georgia Tech | Truth, Justice, and the Restoration of Reason | Dr. Michael Miller (Acton Institute)
  • TUESDAY Oct. 1 (8pm EDT | Rutgers University | Sexuality & Marriage:  What's Ethics Got to do With It?" | Kellie Fiedorek (Alliance Defending Freedom) & Ryan T. Anderson (Heritage Foundation)
  • WEDNESDAY Oct. 2 (8pm EDT) | Ohio University | The History of American Eugenics  -  Lessons for the Second Genetic Century  | Dr. Chris Hook (Mayo Clinic)
    • Plus panel discussion: Can we safely and successfully re-engineer humanity? (noon - 1:30 EDT) | Chris Hook, Scott Carson, Scott Robe
  • THURSDAY Oct. 3 (8pm EDT) | Texas A&M | Does Natural Law Require a Moral Law Giver? | Dr. Francis Beckwith (Baylor University) 
  • FRIDAY Oct. 4 (7pm EDT) | UC Irvine | Doing the Right Thing at the Beginning of Life | Dr. Scott Rae (Biola University)

This national series and dialogue is being sponsored by Ratio Christi, The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). 

In conjunction with Doing the Right Thing Week the ADF is sponsoring FREE2DISAGREE, a campaign for free speech on campus. As a student at a public college or university, do you have the opportunity to express your beliefs or viewpoint? What if the prevailing sentiment on campus is against you? Would you be free to disagree with your peers? Your professors? Doing the Right Thing Week will challenge what you think--in a good way. Free2Disagree will challenge you to speak up. Agree or disagree, robust discussion is worth the effort. And if you ever find yourself unfairly censored or punished for expressing your views on campus, check out

Be free. Free to Disagree.

Simulcast: Each of the five evenings of Ethics Week events will be available live by online video stream. The simulcast can be watched by an individual, a small group, or a large gathering. You, your church, youth group, university group, or other gathering can watch for one day, multiple days, or all five days for the same price . . . free. Details here.

We hope you can join us.

Additional Details

8:00 - 10:45 PM Eastern Time
Location Name:
Rutgers University
59 Biel Road

New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Cook Campus Center MPR (Multipurpose room)
Admission Details:
Free Admission. Online live stream also available.

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For More Info:
Additional Links
Facebook Event
Ethics Week Website
Live online stream registration
The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview
Ratio Christi
Alliance Defending Freedom's 'Speak Up Movement'
RC Rutgers Facebook Page
Related Organizations
Alliance Defending Freedom
Colson Center
Ratio Christi

Speaker Information

  • Kellie Fiedorek

    Litigation counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, researcher for ADF's Center for Marriage and Family, author, and speaker.

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  • Ryan T. Anderson

    Researcher and writer regarding marriage, religious liberty, justice, bio-ethics, and natural law theory with The Heritage Foundation.

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