Peter Singer

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The atheist philosopher Peter Singer defends the practice of bestiality (as well as abortion and euthanasia). Despite holding these immoral views the liberal and pro-evolution academic establishment rewarded his views with a bioethics chair at Princeton University.[1] See: Atheism and bestiality

Peter Singer is an Australian philosopher who has concentrated on such topics as abortion, animal rights, euthanasia and ending world poverty. He is an atheist, and this in some ways influences his ideas. According to Creation Ministries International, Peter Singer defends the practice of abortion and euthanasia). He has stated that bestiality is not immoral, on the grounds that he believes humans are also animals, but nevertheless has said that it is neither natural nor normal. When interviewed on The Colbert Report in December 2006 Singer stated that he was "not in favour" of humans having sex with animals. Despite holding these immoral views the liberal and pro-evolution academic establishment rewarded his views with a bioethics chair at Princeton University.[2][3] Peter Singer was installed as the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University in 1999 and in 2006 it was reported that he still worked part-time in that capacity.[4]

Singer wrote the book Animal Liberation, which puts animals and people on the same moral level.[5] Singer is best known for advocating the killing of severely disabled newborn infants at the discretion of their parents. Some have alleged that the conditions that he considers sufficiently acceptable for active infanticide include Down syndrome, spina bifida, and hemophilia.[6] However, Singer has directly denied this, claiming that his statements were distorted and taken out of context.[7]

He is currently Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne's Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.[8]

In his latest book, The Life You Can Save, he advocates donating to Third-World countries, even at the expense of local church groups and other local charities well in need of money. Singer argues that it is morally wrong for wealthier individuals to spend their money on luxuries when others are deprived. He claims to donate 25% of his own income to charities and feels that this is still inadequate and should be increased.[9]

See Also

References

  1. The Basis of a Christian Worldview
  2. CMI answers philosophy/religion professor on biblical exegesis and the problem of evil
  3. The Basis of a Christian Worldview
  4. Newsweek wrote, "The modern animal rights movement may be dated to the 1975 publication of Animal Liberation by Australian philosopher Peter Singer."http://www.amazon.com/Animal-Liberation-Peter-Singer/dp/0060011572
  5. http://www.social-ecology.org/article.php?story=20031202122825648
  6. Writings on an Ethical Life pp. 325
  7. http://www.princeton.edu/~psinger/
  8. http://www.princeton.edu/~psinger/faq.html

External links

Peter Singer's Home page

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