The Corner

Peter Singer Can’t Hear the “Music of Humanity”

In response to Chertoff

I have had a bit of reaction to the post I wrote the other day, quoting Peter Singer as admitting he wouldn’t raise a child with Down, and justifying the killing of the developmentally and cognitively disabled because, in his view, their lower mental capacities renders them of less moral worth than pigs.

One correspondent, the parent of a child with Down syndrome, wrote me such an evocative note that so beautifully stands against such thinking, I thought it worth sharing with The Corner readers (made public with permission):

I have a daughter with Down’s syndrome. Two other families in my neighborhood do, too.

Just as there are people who lack the capacity to appreciate any music (Milton Friedman, for instance, was one of them), there are people with the far more serious lack of capacity to appreciate the worth of other human beings.

The music of humanity that most of us hear is just noise to them. So it is with Singer… 

I love the term, “the music of humanity.”

Indeed, Peter Singer’s invidiously discriminatory views against the most vulnerable among us are worse than tone deaf. They are bigoted.

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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