Bettina Morris

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Bettina Angelica Morris (b. 1965) is President Emeritus of the Wiwax Secular Humanism Society and a winner of the Martanidia Prize for Peace.

Bettina Morris in 1999 on learning she'd received the Alice, Countess Angkatell Chair in Ethics Professorship at the Spearman College of Law at Murthwaite University.

Early Life and Education

Bettina Morris grew up in a working class family in Bruff, in suburban Murthwaite; her parents both worked in the warehouses at Wynard Port. Upon graduating from Bruff Secondary, she received a scholarship to Barry College, where she studied philosophy for two years before transferring to Murthwaite University, in order to be closer to her mother, who was dying of cancer. After getting her degree, she was accepted to the Flemming School of Law at Pagett University, where she was president of the law review. After receiving her juris doctor, she received a fellowship in philosophy at Royal Wiwax University.

Career

In 1993, she was offered a full professorship at the Spearman College of Law at Murthwaite University, her undergraduate alma mater. Although initially she taught mostly general law classes, in 1995 she began teaching legal ethics. In 1999, she was given the Alice, Countess Angkatell Chair in Ethics professorship.

In 2003, Morris left academia to become president of the Wiwax Secular Humanism Society, Wiwaxia's largest spiritual organization of which some 35 percent of adults in the country are members.

Martanidia Peace Prize

In 2014, Morris was awarded the Martanidia Peace Prize for her work against authoritarian regimes around the world. The jury wrote: "Bettina Morris has selflessly advocated for suffering refugees everywhere, not just those who have escaped the horrors of a totalitarian regime and are attempting to make new lives for themselves far from their beloved home, but also giving hope to those who still must live under extreme conditions under a government bent on imposing its unjust will on a helpless populace." [1]

In her speech at the prize ceremony, Morris famously stated: "Two wrongs cannot a right make: Countering seemingly random acts of violence with state-sponsored acts of violence only adds to human misery. A government that executes and imprisons its citizens en masse for protesting unjust conditions or actively pursuing change, will ultimately pay a heavy price. And a religion imposed by the government is no longer a religion, but a law that must be obeyed rather than believed in, ruling out the possibility of faith entirely." [2]

References

  1. Martanidia Prize Committee official announcement of the 2014 prizes.
  2. excerpt from Bettina Morris official speech on receiving the Martanidia Peace Prize 2014