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.

How COVID-19 Refocused My Thinking

How COVID-19 Refocused My Thinking

Mar 27, 2020 by David Fowler

I read something about two weeks ago, before COVID-19 social distancing began to disrupt everything, that has now really refocused my thinking. It came back to me at the end of last week because it had made me think about this question: In the midst ...
Should Our Governor Order the Suspension of Worship Services?

Should Our Governor Order the Suspension of Worship Services?

Mar 20, 2020 by David Fowler

My counterpart in Massachusetts emailed earlier this week that his state’s governor had issued an order “prohibiting gatherings of over 25 people” that included “faith-based events” and “any similar event or activi...
Schumer’s Attack on Supreme Court Justices—Mission Accomplished

Schumer’s Attack on Supreme Court Justices—Mission Accomplished

Mar 13, 2020 by David Fowler

In my view, most pundits completely missed the point of Senator Chuck Schumer’s attack on Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh last week when the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing arguments on the constitutionality of Louisiana’s aborti...
Test the Limits or Pull the Trigger—Two Approaches to Abortion

Test the Limits or Pull the Trigger—Two Approaches to Abortion

Mar 6, 2020 by David Fowler

Governor Lee’s abortion legislation (SB 2196/HB 2263) sailed out of the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. This coming Tuesday, both the governor’s proposal and the Rule of Law Life Act (SB 1780/HB 1962) will be on the c...
The Pro-Life Issue That Stopped Me in My Tracks

The Pro-Life Issue That Stopped Me in My Tracks

Feb 28, 2020 by David Fowler

Next week we will see the details of Governor Lee’s proposed legislation on abortion. In anticipation of that, a friend suggested to me last week that I pull together in one article a summary of the key points I’ve made over recent months...
Is Pro-life Despair Concerning Roe v. Wade’s Reversal Justified?

Is Pro-life Despair Concerning Roe v. Wade’s Reversal Justified?

Feb 21, 2020 by David Fowler

Last week I spoke with a legislator who gave voice to what a number of legislators believe: The U.S. Supreme Court is not ready to reverse Roe v. Wade, so enacting any legislation—even that proposed by the governor—thinking it might lead ...
Will SCOTUS Use Louisiana’s Abortion Law to Overturn Roe v. Wade?

Will SCOTUS Use Louisiana’s Abortion Law to Overturn Roe v. Wade?

Feb 14, 2020 by David Fowler

In August, members of the Judiciary Committee of the Tennessee Senate heard two pro-life legal experts say that it was not wise to enact any legislation that challenges the legitimacy of Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) and its progenitor, Roe v. W...
Good and Bad Pro-Life Incremental Legislation

Good and Bad Pro-Life Incremental Legislation

Feb 7, 2020 by David Fowler

Most likely the Tennessee Legislature will approve some pro-life legislation this session. For the Christian, the issue underlying every proposal will be whether incrementalism—not enacting legislation that directly attacks Roe v. Wade and Case...
Governor Lee Is Between a Litigious Rock and a Constitutional Hard Place

Governor Lee Is Between a Litigious Rock and a Constitutional Hard Place

Jan 31, 2020 by David Fowler

By February 17, Governor Bill Lee will have to make a very hard decision with the potential for national repercussions. He will get sued either way, so he must base his decision on what, in his head and heart, he really believes and let the chips fal...
Tennessee Thrives and the Lie From the Pit of Hell

Tennessee Thrives and the Lie From the Pit of Hell

Jan 17, 2020 by David Fowler

Tuesday, the Tennessee Senate passed and sent to the governor a bill that, in sum, prohibits a governor from trying, by executive order or regulation, to force private organizations to make adoption placements in violation of their religious beliefs ...

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