by Andrew McQuitty

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What? Me, Murder? (6 of 10)
Andrew McQuitty
Exodus 20:13

''Anything I do to exploit another person for my own selfish ends is to dehumanize--to murder--that other person'' (John Huffman).

Introduction: the mosaic of murder. . .

''Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.'' Oh yeah? Not so in the Twilight Zone--or in real life, either. If you've ever been on the business end of hurtful words that pierce like arrows, you know that you can die a thousand deaths and still have a heartbeat. That brings us to the sixth commandment: ''You shall not murder'' (Ex. 20.13). Now you may not have killed anybody for quite some time! But God says murder is not just homicide. It's that and more. It's a frame of mind, an attitude. To understand God's perspective, let's look at the morality, the methods, and the motive of murder. . .

I. Murder's morality

What's so murderous about murder?

That's a pertinent question in an evolution-brainwashed culture. If our forebears crawled by chance out of the primeval soup and we are nothing more than evolved amoebae's, what's wrong with murder? If it's permissible to exterminate a cockroach that annoys me, why shouldn't I be justified in exterminating a person that annoys me? The infamous Australian ''ethicist'' Peter Singer has the temerity to ask that question publicly. He has recently been appointed the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University's Center for Human Values.

According to Singer, religious morality in the world today is dead. Thus, unquestioned respect for the sanctity of human life is dead as well. Dr. Singer teaches, therefore, that many times animals will be more deserving of life than certain humans, including disabled babies and adults who are brain-injured. His most famous suggestion is that babies should not be considered ''persons'' until they are one month old. Before that time, parents and their doctors should be free to kill a baby if, for ins ...

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