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.

Abortion Was Not the Real Issue in Roe v. Wade

Abortion Was Not the Real Issue in Roe v. Wade

Jun 18, 2021 by David Fowler

Last month the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear a case involving Mississippi’s ban on all elective abortion from and after fifteen weeks gestation. The options before the Court in terms of whether to affirm Roe v. Wade and Plann...
Can a Democratic Congress Protect Abortion if Roe is Overturned?

Can a Democratic Congress Protect Abortion if Roe is Overturned?

Jun 11, 2021 by David Fowler

The Washington Post ran a story this week headlined, “The Supreme Court may toss Roe. But Congress can still preserve abortion rights.” Assuming Democrats can get the votes in the U.S. Senate to enact the abortion-protecting leg...
Reflections on Pride Month: Shouldn’t It Be for Everyone?

Reflections on Pride Month: Shouldn’t It Be for Everyone?

Jun 4, 2021 by David Fowler

Several years ago, June was designated as “Pride Month” by the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender community. That designation has since been picked up and celebrated by many in the business community and even many civil governing bo...
Getting the Most Out of Each Day’s Litany of Troublesome News

Getting the Most Out of Each Day’s Litany of Troublesome News

May 28, 2021 by David Fowler

An unexpected and unlikely friend of mine—one who is my polar opposite politically and theologically—recently said, after several years of observing me, something like this, “You’ve changed. You just seem a whole...
How to Put the Final Nail in Roe’s Coffin

How to Put the Final Nail in Roe’s Coffin

May 21, 2021 by David Fowler

It is good news that after ten months the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear an appeal from the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit holding unconstitutional Mississippi’s ban on all abortions after 15 weeks, except f...
Biden Omitting “God” From Day of Prayer: Good or Bad?

Biden Omitting “God” From Day of Prayer: Good or Bad?

May 14, 2021 by David Fowler

The timing could not have been better if I had planned it. Last week was the National Day of Pray and, as required by law, President Biden issued a Proclamation calling on citizens to pray. He also gave a short address, but in neither did he use ...
Leaving Ourselves Defenseless Against Critical Race Theory

Leaving Ourselves Defenseless Against Critical Race Theory

May 7, 2021 by David Fowler

The timing could not have coincided better if I had planned it. On Monday, the state House began a last-minute push to prevent public schools from teaching key components of Critical Race Theory (it passed Wednesday). On Tuesday, George W. Bush c...
My Prediction After State’s Oral Argument Defending Abortion Ban Laws

My Prediction After State’s Oral Argument Defending Abortion Ban Laws

Apr 30, 2021 by David Fowler

Yesterday I listened to the oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit over the correctness of federal District Court Judge William Campbell’s decision to prevent enforcement of Governor Lee’s abortion legi...
Vaccines and Religious Liberty: How Might Christians Approach the Issue?

Vaccines and Religious Liberty: How Might Christians Approach the Issue?

Apr 22, 2021 by David Fowler

I’ve had a few people ask me recently why our website does not list any COVID-related bills, including those about vaccines, under the “religious liberty” heading on our website’s legislative bill tracking page. There is a...
Accused of Bearing False Witness? No, But the Process Needs Fixing

Accused of Bearing False Witness? No, But the Process Needs Fixing

Apr 15, 2021 by David Fowler

On Wednesday I was accused by a legislator I like, and who is generally conservative, of being “ungodly” because I “bore false witness” against that legislator’s vote in favor of House Bill 1379. I did not bear false...

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