“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20, ESV)
It is was with shock and horror that I learned that ‘ethicist’ Peter Singer was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) this week at the 2012 Queen’s Birthday honours. This is the greatest civic honour in Australia and given for “merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or humanity at large”.
Who is Peter Singer? According to this Australian born Princeton professor the newborn “are not rational, self-conscious beings with a desire to live.Since, in Singer’s criteria, personhood hinges on these factors, killing a newborn (or fetus) is not the same as killing a person. In fact, some acts of infanticide are less problematic than killing a happy cat.” Singer states
“that newborns lack the essential characteristics of personhood—”rationality, autonomy, and self-consciousness”—and therefore “killing a newborn baby is never equivalent to killing a person, that is, a being who wants to go on living.”
Singer does not have anything intrinsically against bestiality either.
And as far as experimentation on the mentally disabled is concerned Singer claims:
“many times animals will be more deserving of life than certain humans, including disabled babies and adults who are brain-injured or in vegetative comas. Presumably, a healthy chimp’s preference for life is more intense than a disabled infant’s. This philosophy would rule out most medical experimentation on animals, as well as the breeding of animals to provide organs for human transplants.”
On the website of the Global Atheist Convention we are told that Time magazine in 2005 named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2008 readers of Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines voted him one of the 100 leading public intellectuals in the world.
Yes, Peter Singer was awarded by our honorable Government “merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or humanity at large”
So, if this is good, what is bad?
Beware if you are still campaigning for the truth of God’s Word, the sanctity of Marriage, the sanctity of life, or the care of elderly in nursing homes!
The Australian newspaper published this very sobering article in response to the award made to Singer.
(P.S. Perhaps you would like to write to the Governor General and/or the Prime Minister and tell them what you think of the fact that Peter Singer was made Companion of the Order of Australia – I have!)