Normally a nations best known philosopher would be awarded this distinction without controversy, but Singer is known for promoting many horrific ideas.
Bioethicist Wesley Smith, wrote a commentary that was published yesterday in the National Review on the awarding of Peter Singer with the Order of Australia that was entitled: Australia Awards Infanticide guru Highest Civic Award.
Smith clearly explains what Peter Singer's ideology promotes. Smith stated:
This is a disgrace: Peter Singer has won Australia’s highest civic award. From the Princeton press release:
Singer is best known for advocating the ethical propriety of infanticide. But that isn’t nearly the limit of his odious advocacy. Here is a partial list of some other notable Singer bon mots:
Singer supports using cognitively disabled people in medical experiments instead of animals that have a higher “quality of life.”
Singer does not believe humans reach “full moral status” until after the age of two.
Singer supports non-voluntary euthanasia of human “non-persons.”
Singer has defended bestiality.
Singer started the “Great Ape Project” that would establish a “community of equals” among humans, gorillas, bonobos, chimpanzees, and orangutans.
Singer has questioned whether “the continuance of the human species is justifiable,” since it will result in suffering.
Singer believes “speciesism” — viewing humans as having greater value than animals — is akin to racism.
Singer believes that animals should be given “equal consideration” with humans in utilitarian policy analyses.
Singer asserted that Australia’s greenhouse-gas emissions are morally equivalent to “waging aggressive war on Bangladesh."
Well, you get the idea. As the old song says, it’s a sign of the times. The more radical and anti–human exceptionalism a public intellectual’s views, the greater his or her chances are of receiving civic and academic accolades.Comment: Smith is not alone in his disgust that Singer was awarded the Order of Australia. An article by Christian Kerr that was published in the Australian yesterday is entitled: Award for Singer 'madness.'
Whereas, I agree that Peter Singer is Australia's most famous philosopher and certainly one of the most famous philosophers in the world, I also agree that his philosophical ideology is incredibly destructive to the equality of all human beings and (if accepted) will lead to the acceptance of infanticide and non-voluntary euthanasia of people with disabilities and cognitive conditions.
The world needs more people who are willing and able to challenge and tear apart Singer's philosophy as an attack on human dignity and human equality.