When we were children, monsters would move from movie screens and story books to the shadows in our rooms or dark corners of our imaginations. Today they appear in the nightly news and history books, in the aftermath of their crimes, or on the internet wearing black masks, recording their crimes against the “Nation of the Cross”, or anyone else that lives differently than them.
But sometimes they walk along side us, posing as intelligent and well adjusted adults, only revealing their fangs when opening their mouths.
Peter Singer, a Princeton University “Ethics” professor has suggested with a straight face that severely disabled infants be killed to cut health care costs and for moral reasons. He also said it would be “quite reasonable” for doctors to kill infants with severe disabilities under Obamacare.
Several times during a recent radio interview Singer argued the health-care system under Obamacare should openly acknowledge health-care rationing (remember the debate and alarm over “Death Panels” when Obamacare was just a bill?) and that the country should acknowledge the necessity of “intentionally ending the lives of severely disabled infants.”
In one of his rather infamous books, Practical Ethics, Singer declared, “Human babies are not born self-aware, or capable of grasping that they exist over time. They are not persons.” Singer also repeatedly referred to a disabled infant as “it” during the recent interview.
Aside from the obvious stain that Princeton University wears from putting (and keeping) someone like Singer in a position of prestige, one doesn’t have to be a professor to realize Singer’s ideas are nothing more than newly crafted versions of the failed Eugenics thinking, utilized by the Nazis. I’m not suggesting that Singer is a Nazi, just that his ideas are Nazi-ish.
And here is why I’m compelled to criticize: Long before the Nazi’s Eugenics philosophy bore the most vile fruit, deceiving entire nations and slaughtering millions of innocent people, they began as ideas and concepts floated out amongst intelligent and reasonable people, topics of lectures from podiums, conversations around dinner tables and polished narratives in books.
The language was well crafted and rehearsed; it re-defined terms like personhood, moral, good, bad, life and death. The repulsiveness of the ideas were sugar coated and made more palatable, and then served up so frequently that they became an acquired taste.
I see a dark part of history starting to repeat itself, and we Catholics must open the blinds to scatter the monsters back to the shadows, or the closets or under the beds, or wherever monsters go when lights are turned on.
The real danger we find ourselves in is that the Peter Singers of our world may be influencing authorities. Government officials and administrators, far removed from the vulnerable human beings they discuss, may like that Singer’s words provide a sterile, “practical” and subjective reality, allowing them to adopt both convenient solutions to complex issues, and personal plausible deniability.
I often write for Catholics and non-Catholic Christians in the workplace. Before anyone dismisses this article as just a philosophical argument, consider that if human lives can be redefined and reduced to mere data inside government and academic institutions, they can also be compromised in many ways within our corporations, as we pursue financial targets or personal performance goals!
The real, objective truth about life is still Biology 101, it begins at conception. Each human being is unique and capable of unprecedented accomplishments – at every stage.
And about the infants Peter Singer thinks are unworthy of this world? Let us never discard this universal truth, so eloquently delivered by Saint Pope John Paul II, in his 1995 encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life):
“At the dawn of salvation, it is the Birth of a Child which is proclaimed as joyful news…Christmas also reveals the full meaning of every human birth, and the joy which accompanies the Birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfillment of joy at every child born into the world”.