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.

When Christians Replace the First Commandment with an Eleventh Commandment

When Christians Replace the First Commandment with an Eleventh Commandment

May 23, 2024 by David Fowler

I’ve learned that idolatry is a subtle thing. I was once a political idolator. The idolatry was presented in the form of an Eleventh Commandment, “Thou shalt not speak evil against a fellow Republican.”  Sometimes Republicans d...
A Disappointing “Assault on Science” by the Pro-Life Community

A Disappointing “Assault on Science” by the Pro-Life Community

May 16, 2024 by David Fowler

The lead article in a mailer I received this week from a national organization “dedicated to building a culture of life” was titled, “Assault on Science.” I thought, “About time.” But the assault was nothing like w...
Must the Turning Point in History That Is Upon Us Be Bloody?

Must the Turning Point in History That Is Upon Us Be Bloody?

May 10, 2024 by David Fowler

The present situation in our nation is untenable. And if you have a sense that this untenability is not the result of incidental causes that will pass, allowing our social order to return to “normal,” you know our nation, even each state ...
Is Eric Metaxas’s Letter to the American Church 86 Years Too Late?

Is Eric Metaxas’s Letter to the American Church 86 Years Too Late?

May 2, 2024 by David Fowler

Many politically conservative Christians are applauding Eric Metaxas’s Letter to the American Church for telling it like it is and telling Christians, ministers in particular, to wake up and get involved politically lest our nation descend into...
Parental Rights Bill Provides Insight into the Competency of Most Republican Legislators

Parental Rights Bill Provides Insight into the Competency of Most Republican Legislators

Apr 25, 2024 by David Fowler

Being a Tennessee legislator is hard, not just because the level of acrimony is becoming worse, but because the whole nature of the world changed on June 26, 2015, and, sadly, only about three or four of Tennessee’s legislators, at most, have t...
What Seems to Unite Donald Trump, Kari Lake, and Pro-Life Abolitionists and Incrementalists

What Seems to Unite Donald Trump, Kari Lake, and Pro-Life Abolitionists and Incrementalists

Apr 19, 2024 by David Fowler

The abortion position of Donald Trump, Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Kari Lake’s response to the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision reinstating an 1864 law prohibiting abortion, and the reaction of the Alabama legislature to the IVF deci...
Did Evangelicalism Help Formulate Trump’s Views on Abortion?

Did Evangelicalism Help Formulate Trump’s Views on Abortion?

Apr 10, 2024 by David Fowler

On Monday, Donald Trump released a video putting forward his position on abortion. It was predicated on six religious precepts as best I could tell. Each reminded me of something I see within the evangelical culture that protested his position. Did h...
Did Biden Offer Christians an Image of God Awareness Day for Easter?

Did Biden Offer Christians an Image of God Awareness Day for Easter?

Apr 4, 2024 by David Fowler

President Biden’s proclamation of Transgender Awareness Day coincided with Easter Sunday. Perhaps he thought it was a great day for the proclamation, because he noted we are all made in the image of God. Easter is, in fact, a great day for reco...
My Long Lesson in Political Folly

My Long Lesson in Political Folly

Mar 22, 2024 by David Fowler

I am almost 66 years of age. I am completing my 29th year at the state legislature, 12 as a state Senator and 17 as a lawyer-lobbyist. Every one of those years was needed for God to teach me what I needed to finish life well in the sphere of law and ...
Controversy Surrounding the Attorney General’s Opinion on State Sovereignty

Controversy Surrounding the Attorney General’s Opinion on State Sovereignty

Mar 14, 2024 by David Fowler

A good friend asked for my opinion on a statement released by another organization critical of a formal opinion issued by the Tennessee Attorney General’s office on the constitutionality of Senate Bill 2775/House Bill 2795, the “Restoring...

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