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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.

Upcoming State Legislation Will Separate the Sheep from the Goats

Upcoming State Legislation Will Separate the Sheep from the Goats

Mar 26, 2021 by David Fowler

In politics, a war takes place every primary election cycle among Republican gubernatorial and legislative candidates over who is the real conservative. In the general election, a more subtle war occurs between those who claim to be Christians...
The Link in Principle Between Mask Mandates and Roe v. Wade

The Link in Principle Between Mask Mandates and Roe v. Wade

Jan 28, 2021 by David Fowler

I have often quoted Alexis de Tocqueville’s statement that “if lights that guide us ever go out, they will fade little by little, as if of their own accord” and that “[c]onfining ourselves to practice, we may lose sight of b...
Will Ballot Issues Make Tennessee’s Constitution Meaningless?

Will Ballot Issues Make Tennessee’s Constitution Meaningless?

Jul 30, 2020 by David Fowler

  This week, Tennessee’s Supreme Court heard oral arguments in regard to a lawsuit in which a handful of Tennesseans alleged that Tennessee’s absentee ballot statutes violate their right to vote. As I read some of the questions the ...
Federal Court’ Opinion on Tennessee Abortion Law Painful to Read

Federal Court’ Opinion on Tennessee Abortion Law Painful to Read

Jul 30, 2020 by David Fowler

Everybody knew the federal district court would prevent the state from enforcing the abortion law that the legislature passed on the last day of the legislative session. District courts adhere closely to U.S. Supreme Court precedent. However, it seem...
Tennessee Physician Comes Clean on What Abortion Really Means

Tennessee Physician Comes Clean on What Abortion Really Means

Jul 24, 2020 by David Fowler

The Tennessean just completed a fascinating series of guest editorials on abortion. The argument of the physician in support of legal abortion was so transparent that I was astounded to find it in print. What he admitted in regard to abortion was not...
Growing Threats to Civil Liberty Have a Silver Lining

Growing Threats to Civil Liberty Have a Silver Lining

Jul 17, 2020 by David Fowler

I think I’ve found a silver lining for those who are frustrated with the governor’s Executive Orders on COVID and the two most recent court defeats on abortion—the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Louisiana’s abortion la...
Abortion Legislation Has Exposed What I Most Treasure

Abortion Legislation Has Exposed What I Most Treasure

May 29, 2020 by David Fowler

Wednesday was one of my most unpleasant legislative experiences in 25 years, because I was compelled to speak critically of a pro-life bill proposed, sponsored, and supported by people I like and respect and whose pro-life convictions I would never q...
Did Last Week’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision Kill Roe v. Wade?

Did Last Week’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision Kill Roe v. Wade?

May 1, 2020 by David Fowler

Last week, in Ramos v. Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court gave Governor Lee and the Tennessee General Assembly a precedent that should encourage them to reconsider the “laddered” approach to abortion legislation that the Senate Ju...
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...
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...

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