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.

Is Pro-life Despair Concerning Roe v. Wade’s Reversal Justified?

Is Pro-life Despair Concerning Roe v. Wade’s Reversal Justified?

Feb 21, 2020

Last week I spoke with a legislator who gave voice to what a number of legislators believe: The U.S. Supreme Court is not ready to reverse Roe v. Wade, so enacting any legislation—even that proposed by the governor—thinking it might lead ...
Will SCOTUS Use Louisiana’s Abortion Law to Overturn Roe v. Wade?

Will SCOTUS Use Louisiana’s Abortion Law to Overturn Roe v. Wade?

Feb 14, 2020

In August, members of the Judiciary Committee of the Tennessee Senate heard two pro-life legal experts say that it was not wise to enact any legislation that challenges the legitimacy of Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) and its progenitor, Roe v. W...
Good and Bad Pro-Life Incremental Legislation

Good and Bad Pro-Life Incremental Legislation

Feb 7, 2020

Most likely the Tennessee Legislature will approve some pro-life legislation this session. For the Christian, the issue underlying every proposal will be whether incrementalism—not enacting legislation that directly attacks Roe v. Wade and Case...
Governor Lee Is Between a Litigious Rock and a Constitutional Hard Place

Governor Lee Is Between a Litigious Rock and a Constitutional Hard Place

Jan 31, 2020

By February 17, Governor Bill Lee will have to make a very hard decision with the potential for national repercussions. He will get sued either way, so he must base his decision on what, in his head and heart, he really believes and let the chips fal...
Tennessee Thrives and the Lie From the Pit of Hell

Tennessee Thrives and the Lie From the Pit of Hell

Jan 17, 2020

Tuesday, the Tennessee Senate passed and sent to the governor a bill that, in sum, prohibits a governor from trying, by executive order or regulation, to force private organizations to make adoption placements in violation of their religious beliefs ...
Do Refugee Opponents, Political Conservatives, and Evangelicals Really Want to ‘Save’ America?

Do Refugee Opponents, Political Conservatives, and Evangelicals Really Want to ‘Save’ America?

Jan 10, 2020

Last week I wrote about the governor’s decision regarding refugee resettlement in relation to Congressman Mark Green’s national commentary that only federalism could “save America.” I said I didn’t think Tennessee’...
What to Make of Congressman Green’s Prescription for Saving America

What to Make of Congressman Green’s Prescription for Saving America

Jan 3, 2020

On January 1, the U.S. representative from Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District, Mark Green, penned an editorial in which he said, “I’m more convinced than ever that the only thing that will save America is what started America: F...

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