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.

Thanksgiving from One ‘As Mad as a Wet Hen’—Me.

Thanksgiving from One ‘As Mad as a Wet Hen’—Me.

Nov 25, 2022 by David Fowler

Tuesday morning, I had a great sense of thanksgiving flood over me in the absolute strangest context. I was as mad as the proverbial wet hen with some people—good people—who have been grinding me down over the import to the work of God in...
An Open Letter to Clergy and Church Leadership

An Open Letter to Clergy and Church Leadership

Nov 17, 2022 by David Fowler

I had just begun to read my Bible Wednesday morning when my spirit began “crying out to God” as Christians put it. Yet I could not gather in my mind or form in my mouth words to express the multitude of disconsolations weighing on me beca...
Monday’s Eulogy Provides Tuesday’s Election Lesson

Monday’s Eulogy Provides Tuesday’s Election Lesson

Nov 11, 2022 by David Fowler

On Monday, I gave the eulogy for the interment of my 91-year-old father’s mortal remains. Little did I realize that preparations for his eulogy would provide a fresh insight into Tuesday’s election and its outcomes. And, no, thoughts of t...
Good or Bad—A Tennessee County Promotes “Judeo-Christian Values”?

Good or Bad—A Tennessee County Promotes “Judeo-Christian Values”?

Nov 4, 2022 by David Fowler

The Sumner County (Tennessee) Commission recently voted 20 to 4 in favor of adding a preamble to its Standing Rules and Procedures stating an intent that the operation of its government be “reflective of the Judeo-Christian values inherent...
Why Has Active Christian Political Engagement Produced So Little Good?

Why Has Active Christian Political Engagement Produced So Little Good?

Oct 27, 2022 by David Fowler

On July 3, 1995, as a first-term state Senator, I gave a speech to the Downtown Chattanooga Rotary Club, one for which I would now be excoriated. The speech became a front-page, above-the-fold headline story. But there is one major thing I did not th...
Final Thoughts on Amendment 1 and the Right to Work

Final Thoughts on Amendment 1 and the Right to Work

Oct 20, 2022 by David Fowler

Thinking through and watching the debate over Amendment 1 to Tennessee’s Constitution, the so-called “Right to Work” amendment, has been a painful experience for me for two reasons. Today I share why in order that those who want to ...
Amendment 4—What is the Relationship Between Ministers and the State Legislature

Amendment 4—What is the Relationship Between Ministers and the State Legislature

Oct 13, 2022 by David Fowler

Amendment 4 on the ballot this November would remove from Tennessee’s Constitution the prohibition on any “minister of the Gospel or priest of any denomination . . . serving in either House of the Legislature.” It may seem like voti...
Amendment 1—Marxist Ideology Pointing to the Church’s Failure?

Amendment 1—Marxist Ideology Pointing to the Church’s Failure?

Oct 7, 2022 by David Fowler

The provocative heading about Amendment 1 to the Tennessee Constitution, the so-called “right to work” amendment, is not intended to indict anyone, but to provoke deeper reflection among those willing to consider a perspective not advance...
Is Bad News a Good Sign That a Counter-Revolution is Coming?

Is Bad News a Good Sign That a Counter-Revolution is Coming?

Sep 30, 2022 by David Fowler

I received two communications this week—one from a pastor upset over yet another drag queen show in our state and one about an over-the-top FBI raid of a Catholic pro-life advocate’s home. I see these situations as the harbingers of a cou...
Matt Walsh’s ‘Vanderbilt Bombshell’—What will the Governor or the Legislature Do?

Matt Walsh’s ‘Vanderbilt Bombshell’—What will the Governor or the Legislature Do?

Sep 23, 2022 by David Fowler

According to the Daily Wire, “Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Lee has called for an investigation of the Pediatric Transgender Clinic at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) after shocking videos posted by Mat...

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