Haven Bradford Gow

Mr. Gow was a Wilbur Foundation Literary Fellow when he wrote this article.

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The Morality of Capital Punishment

Shortly before midnight on Dec. 6 1982, convicted murderer Charles Brooks was strapped to a hospital cart in a room adjacent to the death chamber of the Huntsville, Texas, prison. At 12:09 a.m., Charles Brooks’ right arm received the first lethal injection legally administered in the United States. Seven minutes after the lethal drugs were … Read more

God and America: Allies or Enemies?

According to the First Amendment scholar Michael Malbin, “We all know that religion was an important part of the Founding Fathers’ scheme of government. Far from wanting a purely secular nation, their aim was to channel religion, to transform it, to preserve the useful parts while putting the dangerous parts under the control of civil … Read more

Secularism and Infanticide: The Nexus

Last year in Bloomington, Indiana, a newly-born baby was diagnosed by physicians as suffering from Down’s syndrome. The doctors proceeded to put this question to the baby’s parents: Should we treat him or let him starve to death? The parents replied that the “quality of life” is more important than the mere “right to live,” … Read more

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