Father Miscamble’s defense of Harry Truman

Here is a link to Father Miscamble’s recent essay defending Harry Truman.

Father Miscamble’s essay is a response to an earlier essay by Christopher Tollefsen in which Tollefsen criticizes Father Miscamble’s book (“The Most Controversial Decision”) about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Tollefsen contends that Father Miscamble has abandoned a moral absolute–that the intentional killing of the innocent is always wrong–and that so doing is ultimatley threatening to the pro-life cause.  Miscamble contends that “Tollefsen’s critique is rather abstract and detached from a real understanding of the war against Japan in 1945 and the courses of action open to Harry Truman.” In the end, Miscamble concludes that his position doesn’t lead to “the unraveling of the entire pro-life garment. [Miscamble believes] that Truman pursued the least-harmful course of action available to end a ghastly war, a course that resulted in the least loss of life.”

Richard M.

Richard Myers

Richard S. Myers, the Vice-President of UFL, is Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law, where he teaches Antitrust, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, and Religious Freedom. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College and earned his law degree at Notre Dame, where he won the law school's highest academic prize. He began his legal career by clerking for Judge John F. Kilkenny of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Myers also worked for Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C. He taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law before joining the Ave Maria faculty. He is a co-editor of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives (Catholic University of American Press, 2004) and a co-editor of Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy (Scarecrow Press, 2007). He has also published extensively on constitutional law in law reviews and also testified before Congressional and state legislative hearings on life issues. Married to Mollie Murphy, who is also on the faculty at Ave Maria School of Law, they are the proud parents of six children - Michael, Patrick, Clare, Kathleen, Matthew, and Andrew.