Health and Sanctity of Life
Why not murder?
Another justification Singer offers for killing a “non-person” is that it frees “persons” or society, from what they may see as the “burden” imposed by the life of a “non-person”. In Practical Ethics, which is often used as a textbook, Singer advocates making it legal to kill disabled infants up to 28 days after birth as well as older “non-persons with disabilities”.
Peter Singer is Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and while Singer’s ideas are repugnant to anyone who takes God seriously, they are completely logical within an evolutionary worldview. People like Singer see humans as simply being smart, hairless apes. From an evolutionist perspective it makes perfect sense to cull the herd of the defective ones. Just as it would make no sense for a farmer to keep alive a defective cow or pig that would keep breeding defective offspring, for the logical and consistent evolutionist it makes no sense to keep alive defective children that will someday breed more defective children. The name for this is eugenics and it was the philosophical basis for much of what the Nazis did. Peter Singer would vehemently deny it, but he is in reality the philosophical child of not only Charles Darwin, but also Francis Darwin, Madison Grant and Adolf Hitler. Define someone as a “non-person” whether based on race, religion, state of development or disability and it then becomes acceptable to do what you wish to them, up to and including murder. It was precisely because the Supreme Court declared the unborn “non-persons” that it became legal to kill them. It is what the Nazis did to the Jews 40 years earlier.
The reason we aren’t supposed to murder, even those that some would consider defective or inconvenient, is that we were made in the image of God and God tells us thou shalt not murder. To those who take God seriously that really is enough. God does allow for capital punishment, but only for those who earn it.