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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.

Really? Soldiers' Dog Tags Establish Religion?

Really? Soldiers' Dog Tags Establish Religion?

Dec 5, 2019 by David Fowler

This week I read a news story that involved the intersection of civil government and personal religious beliefs. It demonstrates the mess the U.S. Supreme Court has made of the First Amendment. What people don’t realize is the Court’s sub...
Thanksgiving Exposes the Truth About Atheists and Me

Thanksgiving Exposes the Truth About Atheists and Me

Nov 27, 2019 by David Fowler

G.K. Chesterton once said, “When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” What I have come to realize in celebrating Thanksgiving this year is that atheists have no reason t...
On Being Thankful

On Being Thankful

Nov 21, 2019 by David Fowler

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. All of us have something for which we can be thankful, even if it’s only being thankful that things aren’t worse. But is it possible to cultivate a thankful heart that continues to beat even when things are ...
Let the Rule of Law Life Act Replace the ‘Heartbeat’ Bill

Let the Rule of Law Life Act Replace the ‘Heartbeat’ Bill

Nov 15, 2019 by David Fowler

At the conclusion of two days of testimony in August before the Judiciary Committee of the Tennessee Senate on Senate Bill 1236, known as the “heartbeat bill,” I was asked by the committee’s vice chair, Senator Jon Lundberg, to rewo...
Tennessee Pastors Put Same-Sex 'Marriage' in the Crosshairs of Free Speech

Tennessee Pastors Put Same-Sex 'Marriage' in the Crosshairs of Free Speech

Nov 8, 2019 by David Fowler

Yesterday, an organization representing a number of Christian pastors and churches raised the stakes a bit higher in litigation pending before the Tennessee Court of Appeals over the constitutionality of actions urged by the Haslam administration bac...
The Opportunity That Shines Through the Darkening Shadows

The Opportunity That Shines Through the Darkening Shadows

Nov 1, 2019 by David Fowler

Apart from my wedding day, the birth of my daughter, and now her twins, there isn’t anything else I have looked forward to with such a sense of anticipation as what may unfold over the next few months. Two voices from history’s past have ...
The God-Given Marriage Initiative Asks, What Really Is Marriage Anyway?

The God-Given Marriage Initiative Asks, What Really Is Marriage Anyway?

Oct 25, 2019 by David Fowler

This week the organization of which I am a part launched a new initiative, God-Given Marriage. Some will say the U.S. Supreme Court settled the “issue” of marriage in 2015 in the decision known as Obergefell v. Hodges. To the contrary, I ...
Are ‘We’ Ready to Pass William Barr’s Test?

Are ‘We’ Ready to Pass William Barr’s Test?

Oct 18, 2019 by David Fowler

William Barr, attorney general for the United States, gave a brilliant, insightful speech last week at the University of Notre Dame. My attention was captured by this statement, because of one I’d read earlier this week by a politician I admire...
What I Gleaned From the Governor’s Call to Prayer and Fasting

What I Gleaned From the Governor’s Call to Prayer and Fasting

Oct 11, 2019 by David Fowler

Earlier this week Governor Lee issued a proclamation for October 10th urging citizens to engage in a day of prayer and fasting. A big event relative to the proclamation was scheduled for the large civic auditorium in Nashville. Some greeted it with e...
The Severity of America’s Identity Crisis Heartbreak

The Severity of America’s Identity Crisis Heartbreak

Oct 4, 2019 by David Fowler

In several different ways, my heart broke yesterday when I read that between 2013 and June 2019, the Food and Drug Administration had recorded 6,379 deaths and 25,645 “serious” reactions in patients who took the hormone blocker Lupron. It...

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