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.

Capitalism and Marxism: Two Sides  of the Same Coin?

Capitalism and Marxism: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Apr 22, 2022 by David Fowler

Tennessee’s legislature recently enacted a bill requiring public schools to teach the “virtues of capitalism . . . as compared to other . . . economic systems such as communism and socialism.” I would have voted for the bill, I supp...
My Easter Confession: When MAGA Met Easter

My Easter Confession: When MAGA Met Easter

Apr 15, 2022 by David Fowler

I was a “MAGA man” before MAGA was a thing. What might distinguish me from some MAGA enthusiasts today, but perhaps not many Christians, is that when I ran for the State Senate in 1994, I aspired to bring Biblical principles to the legisl...
“Woe to you lawyers,” “Serpents,” “Brood of Vipers”—Jesus.

“Woe to you lawyers,” “Serpents,” “Brood of Vipers”—Jesus.

Apr 8, 2022 by David Fowler

The last Sunday service before I headed from Chattanooga to Cincinnati for law school, my pastor presented me with a briefcase and reminded me that Jesus had said, “Woe to you lawyers.” Debate over the Marital Contract Recording Act has h...
SCOTUS Nominee Judge Jackson on Abortion and Natural Marriage

SCOTUS Nominee Judge Jackson on Abortion and Natural Marriage

Apr 1, 2022 by David Fowler

For the last few years, I have argued that the Ninth Amendment protects rights not enumerated in the text of Constitution and the Bill of Rights, specifically the right to life and the right of a man and woman to participate in the historical institu...
A “Word” on Why America and the Church Are So Divided

A “Word” on Why America and the Church Are So Divided

Mar 25, 2022 by David Fowler

To George Bernard Shaw has been attributed the statement, “England and America are two countries separated by the same language.”  Funny, but true. True, but not funny is that America is now a country divided by the same languag...
The "Lost" Purpose For Christian Marriage

The "Lost" Purpose For Christian Marriage

Mar 18, 2022 by David Fowler

I was frank last week about the sad state of evangelicalism, but today I will be frank about myself and the low view of marriage I held most of my life. It was driven home to me when a pastor who was interviewing me for a podcast mused that the ...
The True State of Evangelicalism in Tennessee Becomes Clear

The True State of Evangelicalism in Tennessee Becomes Clear

Mar 11, 2022 by David Fowler

Last Sunday a friend told me at church that my writing has become more “frank,” a step down from “camel-hair wearing and locust-eating” from a couple of weeks ago. Nevertheless, be forewarned: If you don’t want fran...
Public Education Controversies Aren’t Controversial Enough

Public Education Controversies Aren’t Controversial Enough

Mar 4, 2022 by David Fowler

From parents divided along lines of regulating COVID, textbooks, “porn” in libraries, “don’t say gay,” to sex education, some or all of which is driving charter school and student voucher legislation, public education ha...
The Futility of Conservative Politicians and Christian Political Organizations-Cause and Correction

The Futility of Conservative Politicians and Christian Political Organizations-Cause and Correction

Feb 25, 2022 by David Fowler

Last week a pastor well known in certain Baptist circles in Tennessee texted these words to me after receiving my new book about the United States Supreme Court, The Naked Court-Understanding and Resisting a Damnable United States Supreme Court, &ldq...
CPED is Real and Deadly; State Politicians Are Highly Susceptible

CPED is Real and Deadly; State Politicians Are Highly Susceptible

Feb 17, 2022 by David Fowler

After meeting this week with a respected state legislator who I personally like and whose moral values I share, I left disheartened. CPED is killing our nation. I fear those now trying to recruit candidates to run for the legislature will not look fo...

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