Commentary

In our blog, read about the political and cultural issues affecting Tennesseans written from a conservative perspective. Commentaries are typically written by David Fowler, an attorney who served in the Tennessee state Senate for 12 years before joining FACT as President.

Barrett, Breyer, and Baloney: SCOTUS, Court Packing, and Roe v. Wade

Barrett, Breyer, and Baloney: SCOTUS, Court Packing, and Roe v. Wade

Sep 17, 2021 by David Fowler

“Barrett, Breyer, and Baloney” is not the name of a law firm that practices before the U.S. Supreme Court. Rather it is a description of my reaction to comments made this week by two Justices—one liberal, the other conservative (per...
Key Overlooked Principle in SCOTUS’ Ruling on Texas Abortion Law

Key Overlooked Principle in SCOTUS’ Ruling on Texas Abortion Law

Sep 10, 2021 by David Fowler

After further review and counsel, it seems the primary purpose of Texas’ new abortion law is to prevent abortions until the U.S. Supreme Court can decide, come next June, whether to affirm, reverse, or modify its abortion jurisprudence of the l...
What the SCOTUS Decision on the Texas Abortion Law Means

What the SCOTUS Decision on the Texas Abortion Law Means

Sep 3, 2021 by David Fowler

Dr. P. Andrew Sandlin once told me, “Political victories are perfectly compatible with losing the culture,” and he is right. The decision by the Fifth Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court not to grant an emergency stay that would have ...
Parental Rights and School Mask Mandates: It Is Worse Than You Think

Parental Rights and School Mask Mandates: It Is Worse Than You Think

Aug 26, 2021 by David Fowler

This is my last commentary on COVID-related issues, at least for a while, and parents who are frustrated with public K-12 schools and mask mandates do not really know how bad things are regarding parental rights. For the following reasons you have no...
My Open Letter to the Governor and General Assembly on COVID

My Open Letter to the Governor and General Assembly on COVID

Aug 20, 2021 by David Fowler

When in a state of crisis, one must be able to retreat to and reflect on fundamental principles to develop workable solutions. I believe Governor Lee’s Executive Order 83 and his more recent one about mask mandates in schools have given us an e...
Vaccine Mandates and Religious Liberty

Vaccine Mandates and Religious Liberty

Aug 12, 2021 by David Fowler

With a flap last week over vaccine mandates being imposed on employees of certain state and local government agencies here in Tennessee and perhaps a nationwide mandate on all persons, I couldn’t help but think of what President Obama’s C...
Vaccination Mandates: Holding Onto the Political Truths We’ve Learned

Vaccination Mandates: Holding Onto the Political Truths We’ve Learned

Aug 6, 2021 by David Fowler

Kevin DeYoung once wrote, “The only thing more difficult than finding the truth is not losing it.” While he was speaking of theological truths, his statement is universal in its application, and it relates to a letter signed last week by ...
Talking ‘Smack’ to SCOTUS on Roe v. Wade?

Talking ‘Smack’ to SCOTUS on Roe v. Wade?

Jul 30, 2021 by David Fowler

Eighty briefs were filed with the United States Supreme Court by pro-life organizations and persons in support of Mississippi’s constitutional authority to ban all elective abortions after 15 weeks. My name went on one of those briefs as its au...
The Grimm Truth Christian Conservatives Must Understand 

The Grimm Truth Christian Conservatives Must Understand 

Jul 23, 2021 by David Fowler

Many Christian political conservatives have been touting their success in passing bills protecting biological girls from competing in high school sports against transgendered persons and preventing hormone therapy for minors. This week, federal distr...
What Might Jesus Say to a Culture Clamoring About Oppression and Victimization?

What Might Jesus Say to a Culture Clamoring About Oppression and Victimization?

Jul 15, 2021 by David Fowler

Today I want to speak to what a non-Christian friend calls “the Church that’s substituted Mr. Nice for Jesus Christ” and, using Jesus’ own words, consider how He might have responded to those in American society complaining ab...

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