Fordham University is under fire for allowing a campus lecture by a controversial educator who believes infanticide and bestiality are permissible, the Daily Caller reports
The Jesuit campus allowed Peter Singer, a tenured professor of bioethics at Princeton University, to speak, despite having barred conservative columnist Ann Coulter.
Fordham’s media relations website said Singer spoke Friday as part of a panel the university said “will provoke Christians to think about other animals in new ways.”
The Daily Caller reports that in addition to supporting bestiality and immediately granting equal legal rights to animals, Singer advocates euthanizing the mentally ill and aborting disabled infants on utilitarian grounds.
In another essay, “Taking Life,’’ he writes that “killing a disabled infant is not morally equivalent to killing a person.”
“Very often it is not wrong at all,” he added in the piece, titled “Justifying Infanticide and Non-Voluntary Euthanasia.’’
He notes that newborns should not be considered people until approximately a month after their birth.
The Cardinal Newman Society, a non-profit group that promotes the renewal of the Catholic identity on college campus, condemned Fordham’s decision to allow Singer to speak.
“Be assured, this is not a Peter Singer scandal. This is a Fordham scandal,” the society said on its website.
But James Schall, a Jesuit and a senior government professor at Georgetown University, defended Singer’s appearance, but condemned his views as “lethal really, and incoherent, but too much of the culture accepts it.’’
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