Prager U: Are Humans More Valuable Than Animals?

Should This Even Be a Question?

The latest Prager U video asks an important question: "Are you more valuable than a dog or a cat or, for that matter, a tree?"

The answer to this question should be obvious to anyone with common sense, but ever since leftist values took Western society hostage, common sense has become a rarity.

"According to the Judeo-Christian value system, human beings are infinitely valuable," the video begins. "On the other hand, secular humanism devalues the worth of humans. As ironic as it may sound, the God-based Judeo-Christian value system renders humans infinitely more valuable than any humanistic value system."

The reason for this doesn't require much philosophical meditation. Secularism denies that humans are made in the image and likeness of God, and therefore, bases human worth on feelings. This explains why 57,000,000 unborn babies have been executed since the passing of Roe v. Wade and why avowed vegans like Princeton professor Peter Singer can cry foul at the slaughter of chickens while calling for legalized infanticide

There also lies a conundrum with this. To justify the killing of humans, secularists will typically equate their unwanted group with animals while simultaneously holding animals in such high esteem. This would better be classified as a return to paganism, which venerated animals as gods, than secularism.  

Since the secular mind believes in transcendence, animals could not be held up as gods in the ancient sense (that would be a dramatic improvement, frankly) so the god has become feelings, an insidious god that, as the video points out, has lead two-thirds of American high school and college students to say that if given the choice to save their dog or a stranger from drowning, they'd save their dog. 

"One is that with the denial of the authority of higher values such as religious teachings, people increasingly make moral decisions on the basis of how they feel," says the video. "And since just about everybody feels more for their dog than for a stranger, many people simply choose the dog."

Beyond that bone-chilling example, the equating of animals to humans often results in animal rights activists performing "Theater of the Absurd" by equating the killing of chickens with the slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust.  

'"Holocaust on Your Plate" is a campaign developed by the animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that teaches that there is no difference between the barbecuing of chickens in America and the burning of Jews in the Holocaust," the video acknowledges.

This attitude would be funny if not for the fact it also puts human lives in danger, like the case of a woman in Tucson, Arizona who told firefighters her three "babies" were in the burning house.

"Thinking that the woman’s children were trapped inside, the firefighters risked their lives to save the woman’s three cats," the video solemnly illustrated. 

Unfortunately, it has only gotten worse by spreading into the environmentalist movement, who now claim a tree is just as valuable as human life.