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.

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...
Be Afraid of Tennessee’s God-like Republican Legislature, Very Afraid

Be Afraid of Tennessee’s God-like Republican Legislature, Very Afraid

Apr 9, 2021 by David Fowler

A bill coming up next week in the Tennessee legislature should send a strong signal to Christians and conservative, small-government Republicans (e.g., those concerned with COVID mandates) that they have much to be concerned with when it comes to...
Is God Using Our Legislature to Bring About the End of Religious Liberty and the Beginning of Revival?

Is God Using Our Legislature to Bring About the End of Religious Liberty and the Beginning of Revival?

Apr 2, 2021 by David Fowler

God could not have better timed the sequence of political and legal events over the last week leading up to Good Friday. A new state law and a new LGBTQ lawsuit against Union University in Jackson, Tennessee may be harbingers of a reviv...
Upcoming State Legislation Will Separate the Sheep from the Goats

Upcoming State Legislation Will Separate the Sheep from the Goats

Mar 26, 2021 by David Fowler

In politics, a war takes place every primary election cycle among Republican gubernatorial and legislative candidates over who is the real conservative. In the general election, a more subtle war occurs between those who claim to be Christians...
The Close Connection Between Transgenderism and the Gospel

The Close Connection Between Transgenderism and the Gospel

Mar 18, 2021 by David Fowler

Tuesday morning, over coffee, I read a story about actor Ellen Page’s transition to Elliot Page. Later that morning I went down to the legislature to testify on a bill prohibiting a governor or local government from limiting attendance at a w...
Tennessee House Subcommittee Shows Representative Government Is on the Ropes

Tennessee House Subcommittee Shows Representative Government Is on the Ropes

Mar 11, 2021 by David Fowler

After the political dust settled on January 6th, a friend asked me, “David, is the Republic lost?” The House Civil Justice Subcommittee’s actions on Tuesday regarding Metro-Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle showed that t...
Removing Chancellor Lyle

Removing Chancellor Lyle

Mar 5, 2021 by David Fowler

One of the most important constitutional issues before the Tennessee General Assembly is House Resolution 23 by Representative Tim Rudd. It calls for the creation of a House and Senate Committee to determine whether Chancellor Ellen Lyle should be ...

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