Readers of DC Comics in the 1960s might remember Bizarro World, the cube-shaped planet that spawned sundry alter-ego versions of Superman and other superheroes. Bizarro World, also known as “Htrae,” or Earth spelled backwards, gave us such notables as Wonderzarro, Bizarro Flash, The Yellow Lantern and Batzarro, the World’s Worst Detective. Their motto: ”Us do opposite of all Earthly things! Us hate beauty! Us love ugliness! Is big crime to make anything perfect on Bizarro World!”
Flash forward to 2012, and one might think Bizzaro World has overtaken several prominent universities and colleges in the United States. A case in point: Fordham University, a Jesuit-founded school in New York City. Fordham’s President Joseph M. McShane had a conniption fit recently when the College Republicans invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus. McShane accused Coulter of spewing hate and said her message is “aimed squarely at the dark side of our nature.” As a result of his rebuke, the College Republicans rescinded their invitation to Coulter.
Now, we learn that while Coulter was being blackballed by this august university, no one on campus apparently perceived any hypocrisy in extending open arms and offering a public speaking platform to Peter Singer. Who’s Peter Singer, you ask? He’s a tenured “bioethics” professor at Princeton University who preaches against killing animals but believes it’s perfectly acceptable to commit infanticide on baby humans through their first month of life. He’s a radical proponent of animal liberation, but also has defended bestiality, believing society ought to loosen its strictures against sex with animals.
Singer’s appearance didn’t faze McShane in the least, or draw one word of condemnation from the Fordham president. The DC Comics writers weren’t just entertaining. They were prophets, who foresaw Bizarro World right around the corner.