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.

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...
Schumer’s Attack on Supreme Court Justices—Mission Accomplished

Schumer’s Attack on Supreme Court Justices—Mission Accomplished

Mar 13, 2020 by David Fowler

In my view, most pundits completely missed the point of Senator Chuck Schumer’s attack on Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh last week when the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing arguments on the constitutionality of Louisiana’s aborti...
Test the Limits or Pull the Trigger—Two Approaches to Abortion

Test the Limits or Pull the Trigger—Two Approaches to Abortion

Mar 6, 2020 by David Fowler

Governor Lee’s abortion legislation (SB 2196/HB 2263) sailed out of the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. This coming Tuesday, both the governor’s proposal and the Rule of Law Life Act (SB 1780/HB 1962) will be on the c...
The Pro-Life Issue That Stopped Me in My Tracks

The Pro-Life Issue That Stopped Me in My Tracks

Feb 28, 2020 by David Fowler

Next week we will see the details of Governor Lee’s proposed legislation on abortion. In anticipation of that, a friend suggested to me last week that I pull together in one article a summary of the key points I’ve made over recent months...
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 by David Fowler

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 ...

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