Sunday, May 18, 2008

Paul Singer: Killing newborn babies, A-Okay?

Zen Tiger left a response to a post, linked here, that I didn't want to get lost. Here it is for you to consider and to consider how far we have de-volved, as Americans with our once honored view of the sanctity of life - all human life - that we would now have a professor teaching of a mother's right to kill her newborn baby (the one she missed out on aborting by having its brains sucked out of its tiny skull with its tiny heart still beating) in what some would have in yester-year considered a prestigious university, Princeton, if I am not mistaken. The same Princeton that gives us the angry Mrs. "First Lady In Waiting" Obama. God help us, that is if He still looks our way... You can look up the book for yourself, read and enjoy. In the one review I read, Mr. Singer is tauted as a forward-thinking philosopher. I wonder if he would have seen the humanity in the injecting of Terri Shiavo with a lethal drug instead of the state-sanctioned brutal murder that was carried out with not a drop of water being allowed to touch her lips as she was starved and dehydrated unto death. My God, the shame we have upon us... From Zen Tiger at New Zealand Conservative: ~~~~~ Peter Singer writes in Rethinking Life and Death: "Human babies are not born self-aware or grasping their lives over time. They are not persons. Hence their lives would seem to be no more worthy of protection than the life of a fetus." This is the basis for his argument it is alright to kill newborn babies. I think his defenders say his argument is much more nuanced than that. Whatever. His argument is that he draws a line, and the line is on self-awareness and an understanding of time. On that basis, you can murder many people, and certainly premature babies. It's only one way of drawing a line, and when lines are drawn, the reasons and excuses come thick and fast. It's been relabeled as "new morality". Where's the morality in avoiding the word "murder"? ~~~~~


Blogger ZenTiger said...

Thanks for the hattip. I've been wanting to do a proper post about Peter Singer and the "new morality" for a while, and your link encourages me to expand on the topic.

I've read a couple of interesting pieces on the Euthanasia debate, which has an overlap in this area too. We can see the damage the "pro-death" lobby have done in misrepresenting the issues (using terms such as "right to die" and "pro-choice" is just the tip of the iceberg). Palliative care has come a long way, and some of the stories about pain control being unattainable are exaggerated.

Oops, this is starting to get to be a long comment, but without the references required to counter any of the inevitable bleating from the naysayers. Later.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Beach Girl said...

Zen Tiger, I think it is worth the effort for a good post or series of posts. Let me know and I'll link them here as well when you start posting them.

I was appalled with the Terri Shiavo murder. I know we do allow people to die routinely due to illness, etc; but the manner of her case was so outrageous. Her situation and the callousness with which the ending of her life was approached got me writing again. I wrote in a journal daily. If you recall, Pope John Paul was transitioning as well at time. I often thought Terri went to prepare a place for him as he followed her three days later.

I've linked to your blog. Just let me know when you do follow-up posts. Thank you...

8:57 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Will do, Beach Girl.

Thanks for the link. You've been linked too. You've got a whole bunch of interesting posts for me to read through. You can thank Crusader Rabbit for the introduction!

11:03 PM  
Blogger Beach Girl said...

Zen Tiger, I get a little "radical" from time to time but just enthusiasm. I love Crusader Rabbit and the entire crew there, also at A Western Heart...

1:58 PM  

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