Is Necrophilia Wrong?
Given the growing denigration of the human person, seen in matters such as the public acceptance of abortion on demand, and now euthanasia (the ‘right’ to die), it is perhaps unsurprising that the materialism that undergirds most people’s thinking had led a South African bioethicist to argue that necrophilia is not wrong. This sort of scientism will also soon lead to arguments for cannibalism, no doubt:
“The first opposition to necrophilia then is about…‘abusing’ or disrespecting the dead. But the reason we ought to be upset by someone violating a dead loved one is not because it will offend the deceased, but because it offends us. Our dead loved ones become, essentially, property. Just as we wouldn’t want someone breaking into our home and making a concubine of our toaster, we would not want the same for the bodies of our deceased loved ones. Their memory is not violated, only the corpse which once housed their living selves, personality, or whatever. Thus, we can condemn necrophilia but we should get rid of the term and simply call it property violation. There is nothing special about a dead human body.”
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