On Queen's Birthday weekend ethicist Peter Singer was presented with the Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. This award "is awarded for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large".
What is astounding is that Peter Singer's positions on many issues should in no way be described as being in the best interests of humanity. It is clearly dangerous to quote the man (even if it is from his own books) so I will present you with exactly what the man himself says:
This is reflective of Australia, by and large. Peter Singer's opinions on infanticide, euthanasia, bestiality and mental disabilities is, in a word, abhorrent. He is as far from promoting human dignity as anyone in the last few decades and Australia has awarded him with this eminent award. So what is the process of achieving this award?
"The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens.
The Order operates on the principles of independence and freedom from political patronage.
Nominations to the General Division of the Order of Australia come directly from the community....
Every nomination is then considered by the Council for the Order of Australia. The Council makes recommendations direct to the Governor-General."
It is hard to understand how such a decision was made by such an illustrious group. Peter Singer's views are well-published and self-preached. To honour him is to place his loony and dangerous notions in the highest regard.
Albert Mohler's podcast on the issue is worth quoting at length:
"We are known by our endorsements!
We are known by with kind of behaviour and character that we want to hold up to be emulated by others. Australia is now holding up a man who is infamous.
A man who, in terms of such things that were accused and alleged over against the Nazi medical experiments and the war criminals, is advocating things that go beyond what even many of the Nazi's had contemplated.....
One of the things that marks the insanity of our post-Christian, post-modern, post-whatever age is the fact that there seems to be a complete loss of any kind of objective moral standard that makes any sense. What makes this particularly insidious is that Peter Singer's thought has been directed directly against the integrity and the sanctity of human life. Of the claim that every single human life is special because every single human being is made in God's image.
What we have in Peter Singer is the inevitable result of the complete secularisation of biomedical ethics and what his thought indicates is that when indeed the field of bioethics is thoroughly and pervasively secularised you are left with no standard by which anything can be designated as uniquely human, setting human beings apart as having a special dignity from the rest of creation.....
[N]ow the nation of Australia brings ignominy and infamy upon itself by naming Peter Singer one of its most illustrious citizens. Naming him Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia. By this action the nation of Australia indicates that the Order of Australia is indeed compatible with infanticide, involuntary euthanasia and with the classification of human beings as nothing more than one species that is, by his estimation, a blight upon the planet."