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.

Bill Lee, Republican Legislators, and Christian Leaders: Time Is Running Out for You

Bill Lee, Republican Legislators, and Christian Leaders: Time Is Running Out for You

Feb 16, 2024 by David Fowler

“Does anybody know what time it is? Does anybody really care?” are the lyrics to a song released by the band, Chicago, in 1969. Good questions and appropriate to our time. The time for our governor, legislators, and Christian leaders to n...
From Marx to After School Satan Clubs and the Conversion of Our Children.

From Marx to After School Satan Clubs and the Conversion of Our Children.

Feb 8, 2024 by David Fowler

In 2012, I brought to the legislature a bill that encouraged teachers to present the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warning, and human cloning.” ...
Lessons on Parental Rights Learned from My Hydrangeas

Lessons on Parental Rights Learned from My Hydrangeas

Feb 2, 2024 by David Fowler

Lessons on Parental Rights Learned from My Hydrangeas   And odd sounding title for sure, but I learned something from transplanting hydrangeas from my parents’ yard to mine that I think will serve us well as we think about a piece of st...
My Thoughts on Federal Parental Rights Legislation: #%*&@!!!

My Thoughts on Federal Parental Rights Legislation: #%*&@!!!

Jan 25, 2024 by David Fowler

I got an email last Friday urging me and others like me to support “a critically important piece of legislation in Congress” by U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and James Lankford (R-OK). It “would require any imposition on parental r...
The Shift in Law That Has Made Abortion Laws a Nightmare

The Shift in Law That Has Made Abortion Laws a Nightmare

Jan 17, 2024 by David Fowler

The reversal of Roe v. Wade last summer has spawned lawsuits by Tennessee women and physicians concerned about the state’s new laws criminalizing abortion and bills providing exceptions to that law. The lawsuits and bills have provided a mirror...
Why I Dreaded a Reporter’s Call Last Week

Why I Dreaded a Reporter’s Call Last Week

Jan 11, 2024 by David Fowler

A newspaper reporter called last week to ask me questions “about the local, state and national political issues that you see as increasingly salient to the conservative Christian community in Tennessee, and what sorts of forces drive these...
How Memphis’s After School Satan Club Schools Christians

How Memphis’s After School Satan Club Schools Christians

Jan 5, 2024 by David Fowler

This week The Satanic Temple plans to launch its first after-school program in Tennessee at an elementary school that is part of the Memphis-Shelby County Schools (MSCS) system. It’s called the After School Satan Club. Rather than dec...
How Might a Potential Pro-life Law Define Christianity?

How Might a Potential Pro-life Law Define Christianity?

Dec 29, 2023 by David Fowler

Monday will mark the beginning of a new year, and soon I will mark my twenty-ninth year at the state legislature. Yet, this year I plan to take a whole new approach to lobbying. The need for change was brought to a head this month by a growing nation...
Don’t Let the Fauci Grinches Steal Christmas

Don’t Let the Fauci Grinches Steal Christmas

Dec 22, 2023 by David Fowler

Every year the profundity of the Christmas story grows and matures in me. But I sense that Fauci Grinches have stolen from many Christians (I have been one of them) and from all others the most glorious and astounding good news they could ever hope t...
Did the U.S. Supreme Court “Create” Nominal Christianity? What Can Be Done About It?

Did the U.S. Supreme Court “Create” Nominal Christianity? What Can Be Done About It?

Dec 15, 2023 by David Fowler

If you grew up around Christians, you may have heard of “nominal Christians.” I just realized the United States Supreme Court helped create them—pastors and lay persons alike. It established the jurisprudential climate that has help...

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