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.

Shining the Light on Roe v. Wade and the ‘Heartbeat’ Bill Controversy

Shining the Light on Roe v. Wade and the ‘Heartbeat’ Bill Controversy

Aug 9, 2019 by David Fowler

Next Monday and Tuesday the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear lawyers wrangle over the constitutional defensibility of a so-called “fetal heartbeat” bill. The version of the bill passed by the House is a ‘heartbeat’ bill. C...
My Joshua Harris Moment and the Challenge of Christian Cultural Engagement

My Joshua Harris Moment and the Challenge of Christian Cultural Engagement

Aug 2, 2019 by David Fowler

This week, Joshua Harris, a preacher who rose to prominence within certain segments of Christianity through his book I Kissed Dating Goodbye, has now said, “By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian.&rdq...
Sanders, Tlaib, and the Minimum Wage

Sanders, Tlaib, and the Minimum Wage

Jul 26, 2019 by David Fowler

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, a socialist, says the minimum wage needs to be raised from $7.25 to $15 (though he’s unwilling to allow his employees to increase their gross income as a result!) and then U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib wants to ...
Constitutionality of New TN Marriage Law and Personal Repentance

Constitutionality of New TN Marriage Law and Personal Repentance

Jul 19, 2019 by David Fowler

The other week I read in The Tennessean that the state’s lawyers did not satisfy a federal district court judge’s demand that they provide a “rational basis” for a new Tennessee law that bans ministers with online ordinations ...
Needed: A ‘New Birth of Freedom’ That Will Scare the Left and Christians Alike

Needed: A ‘New Birth of Freedom’ That Will Scare the Left and Christians Alike

Jul 12, 2019 by David Fowler

Though out of town last week during our observation of Independence Day, I couldn’t help but ruminate on Abraham Lincoln’s assertion as he surveyed the blood-covered fields of Gettysburg that we were a nation “conceived in liberty&r...
Is the Stare Decisis Really the Obstacle to Reversing Roe v. Wade?

Is the Stare Decisis Really the Obstacle to Reversing Roe v. Wade?

Jun 28, 2019 by David Fowler

Two United States Supreme Court decisions from last week bode well for the possibility the abortion precedents of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey could be overturned. They underscore why I believe a well-drawn and supported “fetal h...
The TN Democratic Party Exposes Religious Liberty Gibberish

The TN Democratic Party Exposes Religious Liberty Gibberish

Jun 21, 2019 by David Fowler

Last week I said that a religious liberty that means religious neutrality is impossible. And this week the chair of Tennessee’s Democratic Party proved me right. The proof came in the form of a letter from the party’s chair, Mary Manci...
Is the Demise of Today’s Version of Religious Liberty Needed?

Is the Demise of Today’s Version of Religious Liberty Needed?

Jun 14, 2019 by David Fowler

Barronelle Stutzman is a florist in Richland, Wash., who is alleged to have violated that state’s law prohibiting her from refusing services to persons based on their sexual orientation. This week, the Washington Supreme Court upheld the judgme...
Coming to the Rec Center Swimming Pool Near You

Coming to the Rec Center Swimming Pool Near You

Jun 7, 2019 by David Fowler

On February 15, 2019, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that gives a clear picture of the constitutionally required degeneracy that lies ahead if two U.S. Supreme Court decisions from the past are not dealt with soon and decisi...
Will Tennessee’s Legislature Make the Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Mistake Alabama Made?

Will Tennessee’s Legislature Make the Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Mistake Alabama Made?

May 31, 2019 by David Fowler

If Alabama’s new law abolishing the issuance of marriage licenses was intended to circumvent the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision regarding marriage, its Legislature utterly failed. Five years ago, some of Tennessee&rsqu...

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