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Subject: Protests about Peter Singer

Protesters denounce Princeton's hiring of controversial bioethics professor,
Peter Singer:

Copyright  1999 Associated Press
By JOHN CURRAN

   PRINCETON, NJ (April 17, 1999 8:01 PM EDT
   http://www.nandotimes.com) - More than 100 protesters denounced
   Princeton University on Saturday for hiring a philosopher whose
   controversial views include allowing parents to end the lives of
   severely disabled infants.

   "Nazi Germany did the same thing to the disabled, judging their lives
   not worth living. We object to that," said John Scaturro, 49, who
   protested near the Ivy League school along with his wife and young
   daughter.

   University officials stood by the appointment of Peter Singer, a
   professor whose academic work they say will contribute to scholarship
   and ethics debates at Princeton.

   Singer, a professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, was
   appointed last year to the Ira W. DeCamp Professorship of Bioethics at
   the university's Center for Human Values. He is to begin work in July.

   The 52-year-old academic is widely considered the father of the
   international animal rights movement, and has argued parents should
   have the right to euthanize newborn children who have severe
   handicaps.

   In his books, Singer has said that children less than one month old
   have no human consciousness and do not have the same rights as others.

   "Killing a defective infant is not morally equivalent to killing a
   person," he wrote in one book. "Sometimes it is not wrong at all."

   His appointment at Princeton has drawn fierce opposition from
   anti-abortion groups, the disabled and others.

   Daniel Robert, 51, who uses a wheelchair, protested while wearing a
   black T-shirt that said "Not Dead Yet."

   "I don't want people killing babies like me or adults like me," Robert
   said. "We're just as proud to be alive as anyone else. And we have
   that right."

   Many protesters said Singer's hiring gives inappropriate legitimacy to
   his views.

   Princeton spokesman Justin Harmon defended Singer's hiring and
   suggested that some of his harshest critics have not read his books.

   "According to the experts in the field, he is the one of the strongest
   bioethicists out there," Harmon said. "He's been hired because of the
   strength of his teaching and his research, not because of any
   particular point of view he holds for or against any issue."