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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.

Vaccines and Religious Liberty: How Might Christians Approach the Issue?

Vaccines and Religious Liberty: How Might Christians Approach the Issue?

Apr 22, 2021 by David Fowler

I’ve had a few people ask me recently why our website does not list any COVID-related bills, including those about vaccines, under the “religious liberty” heading on our website’s legislative bill tracking page. There is a...
Unmasking the COVID Mask Legislation—Look Before You Leap.

Unmasking the COVID Mask Legislation—Look Before You Leap.

Feb 26, 2021 by David Fowler

Because of my political history and legal background, I have been asked a number of questions about COVID-related legislation and, in particular, mask requirements. I am concerned that citizens may urge their legislators to take actions on masks th...
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...
Chief Justice Roberts, Stop Ducking And Do Your Job

Chief Justice Roberts, Stop Ducking And Do Your Job

Dec 3, 2020 by David Fowler

Chief Justice John Roberts has gotten on my last nerve. After violating his oath of office this summer to avoid controversy in a high-profile abortion case, he ducked out on another high-profile social issue type case last week. This one involved the...
The ‘Well-Being Check Up’ Tennessee Needs

The ‘Well-Being Check Up’ Tennessee Needs

Aug 21, 2020 by David Fowler

Last week, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education released a child well-being toolkit that government officials were to use to “ensur[e] that the needs of Tennessee children are met during and after extended periods away from school.&rdquo...
Will Tennessee’s Representatives Restore Representative Government to Tennessee?

Will Tennessee’s Representatives Restore Representative Government to Tennessee?

Jul 10, 2020 by David Fowler

When Governor Lee’s COVID-19 Executive Order first ordered certain businesses to close, I looked up the law on which he relied and saw it passed while I was still in the state Senate. My heart sank on the assumption I probably voted for it. How...
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 ...

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