Peter Singer, who supports infanticide, comes to the defense of convicted molestor
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Peter Singer, the notorious Princeton ethics professor who promotes infanticide, is defending sexual assault against people with severe disabilities.
In an April 3 op-ed in The New York Times, Singer comes to the defense of Anna Stubblefield, herself an ethics professor at Rutgers, was convicted in January 2016 of sexually molesting a 30-year-old man with severe cerebral palsy and no ability to speak. She is sentenced to 12 years in prison for two counts of aggravated sexual assault.
Stubblefield has publicly argued that cognitive disability is socially constructed — academic jargon meaning illusory, not objectively real and consisting only in fluid societal beliefs. She uses this argument to come to the conclusion that a severely incapacitated person without the ability to speak is capable of consenting to sex.
Stubblefield is now filing an appeal, and Singer and his colleague Jeff McMahan, professor of moral philosophy at Oxford, argued in their op-ed that the victim, D.J., was capable of consenting to sex through "facilitated communication," where a facilitating party holds a disabled person's arms and "helps" the disabled person type on a keyboard.
Singer, himself a professed "effective altruist," has a long history of publicly expressing support for the moral acceptance not only of abortion but of infanticide, arguing that parents should have the legal option to kill their newborn up to 28 days after birth.
Singer has also claimed some animal species have greater rights than some human beings. He literally wrote the book on the animal rights movement, coining the term "speciesism," which led to the formation of the organization PETA. He has made remarks to the effect that he would rescue pigs from a burning building before he'd rescue an infant human being.
Singer has also publicly written of his support for acts of bestiality, and is a supporter of euthanasia. Archbishop Anthony Fisher, OP debated Singer on the latter subject in 2015.
While the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)contains passages condemning infanticide and abortion (2271), rape (2356), incest (2388) and euthanasia (2276–2279), the CCC exposes the faults of Singer's utilitarianism in its discussion on the sources of morality in paragraphs 1750–1754.
The Church teaches that the moral liceity of an act has three sources: the object in itself, the intention of the act and the circumstances surrounding the act. From these principles the Church teaches, "An evil action cannot be justified by reference to a good intention." This is the reason the Church teaches against weapons of war that kill indiscriminately.
The Vatican Council II document Gaudium et Spes (16) underscores the following regarding the relationship of sin to the malformation of moral conscience: "Conscience frequently errs from invincible ignorance without losing its dignity. The same cannot be said for a man who cares but little for truth and goodness or for a conscience which by degrees grows practically sightless as a result of habitual sin."
This is corroborated by Ephesians 4:18, as St. Paul proclaims "they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart."
Likewise in Romans 1:21-22, 28-29 St. Paul explains:
[F]or although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools,... And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct. They were filled with all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity, they are gossips,"
These Scriptures and documents of the Church can serve as an aid in understanding how rationalization of raping someone with cerebral palsy can be found among three tenured professors of ethics from prestigious universities.