Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Upside down values
The Queen’s birthday honours list reflects the contribution of those held in high esteem by the nation. If that is so, our nation of Australia has an inverted sense of what is honourable.
The award of Companion of the Order of Australia to Professor Peter Singer, philosopher and bioethicist is beyond comprehension. Formerly of Monash University and now based at Princeton, he has been described as the most dangerous man on earth.
Peter Singer is a quietly spoken ethicist whose rigorous logic leads to unimaginable conclusions. One such conclusion is that infants should not be welcomed into the community until they are a month old. Prior to that they are “non persons”, whose right to life is tenuous. Yes, he supports infanticide and the idea made infamous by the Nazis that there is a concept of a life not worth living.
I heard Peter Singer in a TV interview in 1998 state that his intention is to replace the Judeo-Christian ethic that provides the legal and moral framework of many western nations.
If he succeeds, heaven help us.
Award for Singer 'madness'