Fordham University welcomed infanticide and bestiality advocate Peter Singer to campus on Friday after they effectively banned conservative pundit Ann Coulter because she is “hateful,” and “needlessly provocative.”
But encouraging people to have sex with their pets and killing babies up to one month after birth is just fine, according to the Fordham University President Joseph M. McShane.
Singer spoke at the New York college on Friday on a panel sponsored by the Department of Bioethics. The program promised students that the panel would, “provoke Christians to think about other animals in new ways.”
He talked about the relationship between humans and animals, calling it the equivalent of racism or sexism to assume human superiority over other species.
“The more I thought about this, it seemed to me that this simply was a prejudice or a pattern of thought that we had developed in our own interest,” Singer said, according to the Fordham Observer. “Something called speciesism was at work here.”
Singer is a well-known advocate of inter-special sexual relationships. In a 2001 essay called “Heavy Petting,” Singer wrote that societal taboos against people having sex with their pets was slowly beginning to fade away at that there should be no shame in indulging in sexual behavior with an animal because, “occasionally mutually satisfying activities may develop.”
He is also a fond of the idea that abortion should be made legal up until one month after the birth of a child. In an essay written in 1993, called “Taking Life,” he proposed his hypothesis that children do not really become people until about a month after birth.
That way, if a couple was unsure whether they were up to the challenge of having a child, they could give birth and then have a month to decide if they wanted to keep the child. If the couple decided their sleepless nights and altered lifestyle were not what they really wanted, they could choose to put the child to sleep.
Disabled infants, according to Singer, aren’t really people at all.
“Killing a disabled infant is not morally equivalent to killing a person,” he said. “Very often it is not wrong at all.”
But when Fordham University College Republicans invited Ann Coulter to campus, a student protest prompted President McShane to intervene and prevent the conservative from coming.
McShane stopped short of banning Coulter outright, but he sent an e-mail to the entire staff, faculty and student body questioning the, “judgement and maturity of the College Republicans,” for choosing such a, “hateful and needlessly provocative,” speaker.
“The College Republicans have unwittingly provided Fordham with a test of its character: Do we abandon our ideals in the face of repugnant speech and seek to stifle Ms. Coulter’s (and the student organizers’) opinions, or do we use her appearance as an opportunity to prove that our ideas are better and our faith in the academy — and one another — stronger?” McShane said in his email.
In response to the pressure, Fordham’s College Republicans chose to rescind the invitation to Coulter, who had already agreed to speak for only $10,000, half of her usual speaker fee, because of the group’s budget limitations.
“She uses provocative speech to entice debate and make a statement about what she believes in,” said Vice President of Fordham’s College Republicans Emily Harman. “Bringing a person with such strong opinions to campus presents the opportunity for a powerful discourse on the varying ideals that Fordham University can represent.”
She said the College Republicans did not support all of Coulter’s controversial statements, like her language in calling President Barack Obama a ‘retard’ and calling former Senator John Edwards a ‘faggot,’ but thought she was a strong voice for conservatives.
It is a sad day in American society when infanticide and bestiality are preferred over politically incorrect word choices.