Hawkins's column is one of the many reasons why I don’t trust especially religious conservatives to fight for freedom with any kind of sincerity. They really don’t "believe" in it. All actions, all events, can be ascribed to "God's will." Existing as a living human being is not important, we're all just "passing through" on our way to existence in some ethereal realm. Existence in a provable world is to be followed by existence in an unprovable world (heaven, hell, or purgatory). A "failed life" is one that eschews the need for faith in an all-knowing, all-powerful ghost (a creature imbued with contradictory attributes).