Miguel Diaz Claims to be Pro-Life. Is He?

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Miguel Diaz, Obama’s nominee as ambassador to the Vatican, claims to be pro-life.  What evidence exists to support this contention?   I find it hard to take this claim seriously, because of his activities in helping to elect the most pro-abortion President in our nation’s history, including serving on his Catholic Advisory Council during the campaign.  This from his faculty listing at Saint John’s School of Theology:  

“Member of Barack Obama’s Catholic advisory group during the 2008 presidential campaign. In recognition of his participation in the advisory council, Dr. Díaz and his wife Marian received an invitation to the inaugural events. Dr. Díaz’s involvement in the campaign and participation in the inaugural events were both covered extensively in a variety of media.”   

I can find no listings for any pro-life activities.  I have attempted to research any pro-life activities by him and thus far I have come up with zilch.  I would appreciate it if any of our readers could provide me with answers to the following questions.

1.    Has he written articles in which he calls for the legal banning of abortions?

2.    Has he engaged in political activities on behalf of pro-life candidates?

3.    Has he participated in pro-life marches?

4.    Has he protested at abortion clinics?

5.    Has he volunteered at pro-life crisis pregnancy centers?

6.    What pro-life organizations is he a member of?

7.    Has he contributed funds to pro-life organizations?

8.    Has he written to elected officials in support of pro-life legislation?

9.    Has he witten to elected officials in opposition to pro-abortion legislation?

10.  Has he done anything which would cause someone to conclude that he is a pro-lifer, other than making the simple assertion that he is?

If one is going to claim to be pro-life, the least he should be able to do is to provide some evidence to support the assertion.

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22 Responses to Miguel Diaz Claims to be Pro-Life. Is He?

  1. Oh, come on, Donald! Those things aren’t necessary to being pro-life. Hey, Notre Dame’s administration don’t do any of those things, and we all know they’re pro-life.

    I’ve read over on Vox Nova that all you need to be pro-life is to determinedly claim to be pro-life whenever questioned. (One poster routinely mentions using NFP as a pro-life credential.) A healthy contempt for pro-life activists is also a popular feature of a true pro-life orientation. And of course a properly nuanced support for President Obama and other actively pro-abort Democrats is de riguer.

    If you don’t believe me, just ask Doug Kmiec. I know he’s important, because I saw him on TV just yesterday with Mary Ann Glendon, and I keeping reading that he’s pro-life. Even his debate opponent, Robert George, agreed he’s pro-life.

    So if all those guys are called pro-life, why shouldn’t Dr. Diaz be called pro-life?

  2. Matt McDonald says:

    Given that list you might actually exclude Barak Obama, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, sounds like you’re being narrow minded.

  3. S.B. says:

    I’m reminded for some reason of the occasion recently where I asked Gerald Campbell to list all of his many pro-life activities over the past year, given that one of the VN bloggers had been so indignant that I would doubt Gerald’s sincere commitment to changing the culture (as he so often claims he wants to do, rather than changing the law). Well, unsurprisingly, he couldn’t point to any effort he had made — none whatsoever, not even a blog comment — to persuade people to be pro-life. For some people (and I’m not claiming Diaz is necessarily among them), the claim to be against abortion is just a convenient lie, given that all of their efforts are in the opposite direction.

    I wonder why you don’t see the same phenomenon as to other life issues. I.e., people who support the death penalty usually admit it and defend it. I don’t see a substantial crowd of people who claim to be against the death penalty, but who spend all their time arguing against any legal restrictions on the death penalty; or who say that they’d rather change the culture to be against the death penalty, even while spending all their time trying to convince people that the death penalty is a legitimate choice.

  4. For some people …, the claim to be against abortion is just a convenient lie, given that all of their efforts are in the opposite direction.

    I couldn’t agree more. And you can also see this in the contempt that they show for people who do argue and work for legal protections for the unborn, the strawman arguments they frequently raise using language identical to the pro-aborts’ and their constant insistence that abortion is no more evil, no more bad, and no more urgent than a host of other issues.

  5. Gerard E. says:

    Anyone who poses for an official picture in t-shirt and sport jacket should be questioned on all matters of critical importance. Lest we allow this possible scene at the Vatican…. “HEEEY….Benny…..lookin’ good today……what’s shakin’, Bacon?”{

  6. Tito Edwards says:

    Gerald Campbell has already outed himself as a pro-choice/pro-abort. Another dissident Catholic to boot.

  7. The same “test” could be thrown at you:

    Donald M. CLAIMS to believe the Church’s teaching about war, that you take just war teaching seriously. Does he?

    I can find no listings for any activities that suggest he takes it seriously. I have attempted to research any anti-war activities by him, for example, and thus far I have come up with zilch. I would appreciate it if any of our readers could provide me with answers to the following questions.

    1. Has he written articles in which he calls for rigorous application of just war principles in the context of the United States?

    2. Has he engaged in political activities on behalf of candidates who make a presumption against war?

    3. Has he participated in anti-war marches?

    4. Has he volunteered to counsel any Catholic conscientious objectors?

    6. What peace organizations is he a member of?

    7. Has he contributed funds to peace organizations?

    8. Has he written to elected officials opposing unjust wars?

    9. Has he ever publicly agreed with the Vatican’s opposition to a particular war? Or has he opposed the Vatican at every turn on this issue?

    10. Has he EVER come to the conclusion that a war waged by the United States of America is unjust? Or have all of them, in his opinion, been just?

    11. Has he done anything which would cause someone to conclude that he is is in favor of peace and opposes unjust wars, other than making the simple assertion that he is?

    If one is going to claim to be in favor of peace, to make a presumption against war, and to be an advocate of the just war teachings of the Church, the least he should be able to do is to provide some evidence to support the assertion.

  8. Donald R. McClarey says:

    I haven’t been nominated for the post of ambassador to the Vatican Catholic Anarchist, nor have I ever claimed to be a peacenik, but I’ll play your game.

    “1. Has he written articles in which he calls for rigorous application of just war principles in the context of the United States?”

    I have examined many of America’s wars from a just war stance. I would direct you to the many posts on this blog that I have written about the American Civil War.

    “2. Has he engaged in political activities on behalf of candidates who make a presumption against war?”

    Ronald Wilson Reagan, the man who ended the Cold War without firing a shot.

    “3. Has he participated in anti-war marches?”

    Marched in one? I led one! Against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.

    “4. Has he volunteered to counsel any Catholic conscientious objectors?”

    Yes. I counseled him that he needed to rethink his position in light of the history of the Church. He is now finishing his 19th year in the Marine Corp and is a full colonel.

    “6. What peace organizations is he a member of?”

    U.S.Army reserve association. Roman Catholic Church. Rotary International.

    “7. Has he contributed funds to peace organizations?”

    Yep. I make contributions to various service related charities. My favorite is for paralyzed veterans.

    “8. Has he written to elected officials opposing unjust wars?”

    I wrote numerous letters against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the involvement of Cuban troops in Africa in the 1970s and 1980s.

    “9. Has he ever publicly agreed with the Vatican’s opposition to a particular war? Or has he opposed the Vatican at every turn on this issue?”

    I completely agree with the position of the Vatican in opposition to the Nazis in World War II. I also agree with the position of the Vatican in favor of the Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War. I also agreed with Pope Benedict as to the necessity of the US keeping troops in Iraq until order was restored. I also thought that the Popes were right to call for the crusades against Islam. I do have problems with some of the hundreds of wars the Popes were involved in up to the time of the dissolution of the Papal States, but time does not allow me to give an opinion as to each.

    “10. Has he EVER come to the conclusion that a war waged by the United States of America is unjust? Or have all of them, in his opinion, been just?”

    The Mexican War. In that I agree with Ulysses Grant.

    “11. Has he done anything which would cause someone to conclude that he is is in favor of peace and opposes unjust wars, other than making the simple assertion that he is?”

    See the above Catholic Anarchist.

  9. Donald, you give Michael a far more complete answer than he ever gives to any of his questioners.

  10. S.B. says:

    “8. Has he written to elected officials opposing unjust wars?”

    I wrote numerous letters against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the involvement of Cuban troops in Africa in the 1970s and 1980s.

    Those were leftist wars, and hence don’t count. You can only count protests against America.

  11. S.B. says:

    By the way, michael, way to stick it to the (few) orthodox VN bloggers, who must be wincing at seeing the dissident Ruether given a largely favorable review.

  12. Just as I suspected, Donald. You are a fraud.

  13. Donald R. McClarey says:

    No Catholic Anarchist, I simply do not, surprise!, see either the World or the Church through your ideological prism.

  14. Matt McDonald says:

    Donald,

    you rock!

    I’m a member of the NRA, does that make me a peacenik too? 🙂

    I was also opposed to the Arab invasions of Israel in 1947, 1967, and 1973, and the terrorist attacks by Arabs against Israelis 47-present! I donated money to Magen David Adom when Israel was forced to defend itself against unjust war waged by Hezbollah!

    I oppose the Islamic war against the United States, 1981-present and the rest of the world, 700-present.

    I opposed the unjust invasion of Scotland by the English, and demand that reparation be made, and that an independent Scottish state be established in Northern and Central Great Britain. 1/2 of London should be partitioned and under Scottish rule since many Scots live there also.

  15. By the way, michael, way to stick it to the (few) orthodox VN bloggers, who must be wincing at seeing the dissident Ruether given a largely favorable review.

    I have never noticed any discomfort on the part of any VN blogger with any of the heresies, dissident positions, or anti-American rants posted by any of them.

  16. No Catholic Anarchist, I simply do not, surprise!, see either the World or the Church through your ideological prism.

    It’s called hypocrisy you war-loving, flag waving nutcase.

  17. Donald makes an admirable good-faith attempt to respond to Michael’s list, but honestly one has to wonder if there’s any point in responding to such a badly expressed question. While Michael uses the phrase “just war” several times, it’s clear from several of his questions that he basically conflates pacifism (total or functional) with just war theory. As such, his list as a whole is incoherant.

  18. Donald R. McClarey says:

    I approved the above comment from the Catholic Anarchist so that our readers could see the type of comment from him that I normally delete. Catholic Anarchist, insults and bluster lend no support to an argument and merely weakens the case of the person who resorts to them. Assuming you eventually teach, I hope you remember that.

  19. Tito Edwards says:

    Speaking of reparations. The Welsh should demand freedom from their English oppressors. Be given Wales and western Wales (Cornish country) independence, compensation for men and material lost as well as payments for occupied lands that currently is labeled “England”. The Angles and the Saxons invaded, pillaged, and violated our women. For that matter, they should all return to Germany where they came since there is already a Saxony in their name. The Picts and the rest of the northern barbarians can retreat behind Hadrians wall.

  20. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Catholic Anarchist, you have shamed yourself enough in this thread. Any further comments from you in regard to this thread I will delete. Be on notice that in the future I will occasionally post some of your more insulting comments. You apparently aren’t mature enough yet to understand that such villification does you no credit, but since you have no care for your reputation neither will I. I hope for your sake future employers do not do an internet search and see examples of your more colorful diatribes.

  21. Matt McDonald says:

    Michael I,

    what actions did you take to protest the following unjust wars/acts:

    – Arab invasions of Israel 1947, 1967, 1973
    – Russian invasion of Georgia, 2008
    – Soviet invasion of Hungary, 1956
    – Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, 1968
    – Soviet invasion of Afghanistan,
    – North Korean invasion of South Korea, 1947
    – North Vietnam invasion of South Vietnam, 1956
    – North Vietnam invasion of Laos, 1958
    – North Vietnam invasion of Cambodia, 1967, 1977
    – North Vietnam invasion of South Vietnam, 1975
    – Palestinian Terrorism, 1947-present

    please cite all the posts, papers, and peace marches related to these events.

  22. Matt McDonald says:

    correction, the current Islamic war against the USA began in 1979.

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