The Murderous World of Professor Singer

If you don’t know Pete Singer, you need to find out about him.  He’s a professor of bioethics at Princeton University and a top adviser to President Obama on the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” which was recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Professor Singer’s influence on your future healthcare options can’t be over-emphasized.  He has strong opinions on how you should be cared for in your doctor’s office.  He’s a proponent of something called “utilitarian bioethics” which traces its roots to the 19th century principles of John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham.  But it is Mr. Singer who brought their ideas into the 21st century…….and into your doctor’s office. What Mr. Singer believes can be learned in his book Practical Ethics (2011).  I’ll try to summarize it for you:  Morality doesn’t come from God but from giving as many of us as possible what we want and need.  Think about that. Who does the giving?  The government.  And what does the government give?  What we want and need.  The government decides what we want and need and gives as much of it as possible to as many of us as possible.  Taxpayers earn money through hard work, pay taxes to support government programs and government planners like Mr. Singer decide who needs what and then give to those they think are in need. 
 
Scary?  You don’t know the half of it.  For Mr. Singer, the world is a vast “problem” and people like him who are in positions of power are charged by the government to solve these “problems” by judicious “distribution of resources.”  In other words, all of the “stuff” in the world is like a big pie and there are a fixed number of available slices.  Mr. Singer wants to give the slices to those people with the highest chance of contributing back to the pie through their work.  That means healthy young people should be given more resources than the sick, the old, the disabled, or children.  It’s like social triage.  Medical decisions would be made logically on the basis of each person’s total future productive value and “happiness.”  All these judgements would be left up to people like Mr. Singer, who are obviously so much smarter than the rest of us.  In his 1977 book Ecoscience:  Population, Resources,Environment, Mr. Singer writes that “…one teenager is equivalent to saving fourteen 85-year-olds,”  This is the morality of one of Mr. Obama’s top advisors on health care.  He goes on to say that “:killing a newborn baby is never equivalent to killing a person.”  Note that a newborn isn’t a person.  And that he isn’t talking about abortion, as horrible as that is.  He’s actually talking about killing a newborn infant.  He calls this a “post-birth abortion.”  I call it murder, as the law does.  In my opinion, he’s one of the most dangerous men in America because he has the confidence of our President.
 
This world view believes there is no God, no objective truth, no sense of the value and dignity of each human life.  I’m talking here about the intrinsic value, not the “bioethical” value assigned to a life by someone like Mr. Singer.  Anyone not seen as valuable by him should be allowed to die.  Medical resources would be rationed by panels of government experts who would determine if your surgery or medication would make you more “valuable” to society.  If the panel didn’t find you worthy of treatment, you’d be allowed to die or even assisted in committing suicide.  The disabled or elderly or infants would be classified as “nonpersons.”  It sounds like a science-fiction nightmare, but this is what is being taught at universities around our country.  And Mr. Singer is advising our President.
 
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Mr. Singer deciding who lives and who dies.  I don’t believe most of America would agree with his world view either.  So we have to do our homework and we have to stand up for the value and dignity of every human life.  I believe that God has created us in His image (Genesis 1:26) and that He sent His only Son to save us and bring us back to Himself (John 3:16).  I believe that it is God Who creates us in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13) and from the moment of our creation until the moment of our natural death, we live in His care, in the palm of His hand (Isaiah 49:16).  I believe Jesus calls us to care for and protect “the least” of our brothers and sisters (Matthew 25:40).  Our Catholic faith has always taken care of the sick and the poor among us.  Our Bishops have made it clear that we will not stop our ministry despite the HHS mandate.  To cease protecting human life is to cease to be Catholic, and to cease to be the Bride of Christ.  I believe that God loves Mr. Singer just as much as He loves you and me.  So I believe it’s my duty to pray for his conversion and to do all that I can to be an example of Christ’ love to those “nonpersons” that Mr. Singer would like to eliminate.  I plan to be an abundant “waster” of resources to help others, in whatever way I can.  Let’s remember the charity of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta who cared for the sick and the dying with such love and compassion.  May her example lead us to defend and protect every human life, without exception.
 
“At the end of this life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.  We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.  I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in.’ ” 

                                                             —Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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