Skip to comments.Peter Singer: If a House Were On Fire I’d Save 200 Pigs Before Saving One Human Child
Posted on 06/23/2015 11:17:49 AM PDT by Morgana
Peter Singer is something of a house ethicist for the New York Times and especially beloved of the weak liberal thinker, Nicolas Kristof.
While I think he should be treated the same as if he were a racist for his anti-human equality views, the media here mostly ooh and aah.
That is why I was pleased to see Singer pushed in an interview by a Swiss newspaper to claim that the lives of 200 (or some other number of) pigs should be saved from a fire over that of a single human baby. From the interview (Google translation):
Q: A newborn do not deem worthy of protection than an embryo. On the other hand you do not speak people per se a higher status than to animals.
Singer: Not belonging to the human species makes it morally wrong to kill a living being. Why should all members of the species Homo sapiens have a right to life and other species not? This idea arises only our religious heritage. We have been taught for centuries that man was created in the image of God that God has given us dominion over the animals and that we have immortal souls.
Why? Because if we are not all deemed morally equalregardless of our capacities, age, or capabilitiesthere is no way to philosophically sustain universal human rights. Indeed, if our moral value depends on the outcome of our utilitarian-measured characteristics moment, to moment, to moment, no one is safe.
Then, Singer reveals his inner anti-humanism:
Q: If you were standing in front of a burning house, where 200 pigs and a child befänden, and you could save either the animals or the child, what would you do?
Singer: The suffering of animals at some point so great that you should decide to free the animals and not the child. Whether this point is reached at 200 or two million animals, I do not know. But one must not be burned countless animals in order to save a childs life.
What if it was Singers baby? Good grief.
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The proper answer would be for Singer to say he could not perceive a circumstance in which the lives of pigs would matter more than that of a human being.
This comment exhibits the same invidious thinking as racism, just different potential victims.
Remember this the next time Nicolas Kristof turns to Singer as an authority in proper morality.
LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.
He has 200 girlfriends?
Pigs tend to panic. Maybe they’d run him down in the muck and mire.
This leftist guy favors cops? Who woulda guessed....
Well, he could be fed to the pigs.
Too bad Singer’s parents didn’t produce a human child.
Leftist lunacy on display.
Rush asked today, which came first, liberalism or insanity.
I assert that liberalism began with the serpent offering the alternative worldview of man being god unto himself and capable of defining good and evil for himself.
This removal of any foundation of truth will invariable lead to nihilism, insanity, and the desire for death.
So, to answer Rush - Liberalism as a worldview came before insanity.
Good little libs always pick animal, reptiles & fish over humans, even of those humans providing the food for other humans, reptiles & animals.
He’s just being loyal to his family
Ever notice how some people just seem to outlive their usefulness?
What if the child was Hillary’s granddaughter?
I see he associates/identifies himself with pigs. Figures.
Well, it would be good to know precisely at what point that equivalency is reached so that we can plan accordingly. Because if Singer doesn't know where this point is reached, how does he know it's reached at all?
Frankly I'm surprised this silly old fraud is still taken seriously by anyone other than the chronically navel-gazing academics, who treat ethics as some sort of parlor logic game founded on premises of fairy dust. He lives to outrage, but he only bores.
HE’s so much bacon. He lives on Animal Farm. What do you expect? From swine?
Good people like MD Gov. Larry Hogan find themselves fighting life-threatening cancer, while assholes like Singer, George Soros and the Clintons seem to live well into their 90s.
Too bad his mother didn’t share his sentiments
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