Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Peter Singer honored by Australia

Australia has dishonored herself in appointing Peter Singer a Companion of the Order of Australia this week. Singer is famous for his radically narrow views on who counts as a human person with moral significance and natural rights. He upholds the permissibility of infanticide up to the age of two, experimentation on the disabled, and non-voluntary euthanasia of those whose lives fall short of a certain measure of quality of life. The award has provoked controversy, with many Australians outraged, but some supporting the award. Green Party leader Christine Milne said, ""Peter Singer . . . deserves his global reputation for challenging people to reconsider their views on ethical behaviour, animal welfare and the human condition." Read the full story here.