When it comes to criticising homosexuality or other forms of immorality, expressing a view that homosexual behaviour is sinful is these days viewed as "hate speech".
And at law of course, incitement to commit some crimes is indeed a crime.
But 'philosophers' advocating outright murder of newborns is, apparently, perfectly ok because it is "purely theroretical". Indeed, the outraged responses to the article, according to the journal's editor, represent a threat to academic discussion and freedom!
Abortion and infanticide are equivalent
You may have read about the Melbourne academics - based at Monash and Melbourne Universities - who have come under attack over the last few days following the release of an article in an 'ethics' journal advocating that infanticide be allowed.
The article in question itself correctly concludes that killing newborns is morally equivalent to abortion.
The problem of course is the rationale it uses to reach that conclusion, namely that because the foetus and new-born allegedly 'cannot conceptualize' their life, it is ok to kill them if the child represents an inconvenience to the mother.
No surprise that this view of "ethics" should come out of Melbourne - this is after all the State in which late term abortion is permitted.
And there shouldn't really be any surprise at this logical extension of the arguments for abortion - indeed a Canadian court recently accepted just this argument in an infanticide case.
Reversion to paganism
The real importance of the story, it seems to me, is that it provides yet more evidence of the unravelling of Western civilization.
When Christianity was legalized in the Roman Empire, one of the first pieces of legislation Constantine's Christian advisors put up was a prohibition on infanticide, which back then was normally done by 'exposing' newborn infants at the whim of the father.
Now we are apparently more enlightened about it all - it is the decision of the mother, and should be done 'painlessly'.
Yes, I'm sure that makes all the difference in the world to the child denied a life.