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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 State of the Evangelical Church in Tennessee Will Be Revealed This Tuesday

The State of the Evangelical Church in Tennessee Will Be Revealed This Tuesday

Mar 7, 2024 by David Fowler

Next Tuesday will be a watershed day for the institutional Bible-believing, evangelical churches in Tennessee. On that day, its theology and what it has been feeding into the lives of the Christians in our legislature will be revealed for all to see....
Alabama Supreme Court’s Chief Justice and the Pro-Life Community’s Conception of God

Alabama Supreme Court’s Chief Justice and the Pro-Life Community’s Conception of God

Feb 29, 2024 by David Fowler

Last week Alabama’s Supreme Court caused a distressing stir even among some in the pro-life community by holding that a frozen embryo was a “child” within the meaning of the state’s wrongful death statute. The decision means t...
Justice Alito Nailed It Monday, and His Explanation Is Damning

Justice Alito Nailed It Monday, and His Explanation Is Damning

Feb 23, 2024 by David Fowler

On Monday, United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito released an opinion in a case in which the state trial “reasoned that a person who still holds traditional religious views on questions of sexual morality is presumptively unfit to ser...
Bill Lee, Republican Legislators, and Christian Leaders: Time Is Running Out for You

Bill Lee, Republican Legislators, and Christian Leaders: Time Is Running Out for You

Feb 16, 2024 by David Fowler

“Does anybody know what time it is? Does anybody really care?” are the lyrics to a song released by the band, Chicago, in 1969. Good questions and appropriate to our time. The time for our governor, legislators, and Christian leaders to n...
From Marx to After School Satan Clubs and the Conversion of Our Children.

From Marx to After School Satan Clubs and the Conversion of Our Children.

Feb 8, 2024 by David Fowler

In 2012, I brought to the legislature a bill that encouraged teachers to present the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warning, and human cloning.” ...
Lessons on Parental Rights Learned from My Hydrangeas

Lessons on Parental Rights Learned from My Hydrangeas

Feb 2, 2024 by David Fowler

Lessons on Parental Rights Learned from My Hydrangeas   And odd sounding title for sure, but I learned something from transplanting hydrangeas from my parents’ yard to mine that I think will serve us well as we think about a piece of st...
My Thoughts on Federal Parental Rights Legislation: #%*&@!!!

My Thoughts on Federal Parental Rights Legislation: #%*&@!!!

Jan 25, 2024 by David Fowler

I got an email last Friday urging me and others like me to support “a critically important piece of legislation in Congress” by U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and James Lankford (R-OK). It “would require any imposition on parental r...
The Shift in Law That Has Made Abortion Laws a Nightmare

The Shift in Law That Has Made Abortion Laws a Nightmare

Jan 17, 2024 by David Fowler

The reversal of Roe v. Wade last summer has spawned lawsuits by Tennessee women and physicians concerned about the state’s new laws criminalizing abortion and bills providing exceptions to that law. The lawsuits and bills have provided a mirror...
Why I Dreaded a Reporter’s Call Last Week

Why I Dreaded a Reporter’s Call Last Week

Jan 11, 2024 by David Fowler

A newspaper reporter called last week to ask me questions “about the local, state and national political issues that you see as increasingly salient to the conservative Christian community in Tennessee, and what sorts of forces drive these...
How Memphis’s After School Satan Club Schools Christians

How Memphis’s After School Satan Club Schools Christians

Jan 5, 2024 by David Fowler

This week The Satanic Temple plans to launch its first after-school program in Tennessee at an elementary school that is part of the Memphis-Shelby County Schools (MSCS) system. It’s called the After School Satan Club. Rather than dec...

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