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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.

The Tennessee Legislature Reconvenes with Primaries Looming Ahead

The Tennessee Legislature Reconvenes with Primaries Looming Ahead

May 22, 2020 by David Fowler

The Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes June 1, and it is still up in the air as to how much regular business it will conduct. I suspect it will be rather short, because primary season will be around the corner. But I have come to believe that perh...
Alice in Wonderland Meets Judge Humpty Dumpty in ‘Transgender’ Lawsuit

Alice in Wonderland Meets Judge Humpty Dumpty in ‘Transgender’ Lawsuit

May 15, 2020 by David Fowler

A good friend of mine is knee-deep in a lawsuit over “transgenderism” in high school sports. As I read what the judge in that case told the lawyers representing the biological female plaintiffs concerning the words they must use, I felt l...
Representative Self-Government Was on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Docket Wednesday

Representative Self-Government Was on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Docket Wednesday

May 8, 2020 by David Fowler

Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on an extremely important case involving the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Obamacare contraception mandate. But the heart of the issue transcends the mandate itself. That’s why the sta...
Did Last Week’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision Kill Roe v. Wade?

Did Last Week’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision Kill Roe v. Wade?

May 1, 2020 by David Fowler

Last week, in Ramos v. Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court gave Governor Lee and the Tennessee General Assembly a precedent that should encourage them to reconsider the “laddered” approach to abortion legislation that the Senate Ju...
Tennessee Is Acting Like a Real State By Suing the Federal Government

Tennessee Is Acting Like a Real State By Suing the Federal Government

Apr 24, 2020 by David Fowler

Earlier this week I read a friend-of-the-court brief prepared by my friend Joanne Bregman. The brief was submitted to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of Eagle Forum of Tennessee, run by my friend, Bobbie Patray, and Eagle Forum nationally. ...
Will TN Let Abortion Clinics Keep Getting Away with Murder?

Will TN Let Abortion Clinics Keep Getting Away with Murder?

Apr 17, 2020 by David Fowler

This week several Tennessee abortion clinics sued to have a federal district court in Nashville prevent Governor Lee’s executive orders on social distancing and essential services from applying to their abortion practice. Parts of the press rel...
COVID-19, I Would Like You to Meet ‘Good Friday’

COVID-19, I Would Like You to Meet ‘Good Friday’

Apr 10, 2020 by David Fowler

I don’t think I’ve seen anything like what we’re now experiencing with COVID-19 in terms of the news cycle; almost every news story has something to do with the virus. It is hard to think of anything else. But this week, thoughts of...
If Abortion Is Protected From COVID-19 Orders, Why Isn’t Worship?

If Abortion Is Protected From COVID-19 Orders, Why Isn’t Worship?

Apr 3, 2020 by David Fowler

This week, a pastor of a megachurch in Florida was arrested because the church continued to hold worship services in violation of the state’s COVID-19–predicated “sheltering” order and three federal judges ruled unconstitution...
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...

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