June 2016 marks our 10-year anniversary, so we wanted to share the 10 best things that God (and you!) have helped us accomplish. Thanks again for your support through the years.
Though many might think we have only championed traditional marriage in the last few years, standing for biblical marriage is something we have done since we launched as a family policy council ten years ago.
In 2000, the Tennessee Supreme Court took the “right to abortion” under Roe v. Wade to a new level, finding an even stronger, more judicially protected right to abortion in the Tennessee Constitution. That’s why FACT President David Fowler, a state senator at the time, drafted and filed in 2001 what would become Amendment 1 (Senate Joint Resolution 127) and spent the next 13 years heralding the need for this amendment.
Since its inception, FACT has been leading the fight to ensure that our state’s public policy reflects God’s design for human sexuality to the fullest extent possible. There is no doubt that laws that undermine God’s norms for human sexuality lead to cultural mainstreaming of sexual license and confusion.
Childhood is difficult enough, but it’s made even more difficult when there are forces in our public educational system that work against faith and the values and principles parents have been teaching their children. That’s why FACT and its legislative arm, Family Action of Tennessee, have taken an interest over the years in what goes on in our public school classrooms and colleges.
FACT and its legislative arm, Family Action of Tennessee, have taken an interest over the years protecting the rights of parents, particularly when it comes to matters of sexuality in our public schools and colleges and faith in God.
Other than our sexual mores, nothing is under greater attack in our country than religious liberty, and the two go hand-in-hand. But this trend is not something that has recently come to FACT’s attention.
We strongly believe that only a biblical worldview will allow us to understand the world in which we live and understand how we should approach the issues we’re confronted with in the public square. And we believe it is important that people know how to spot unbiblical worldviews and effectively engage others from a biblical worldview perspective.
FACT has always believed that the first step toward good public policy is to elect candidates who hold strong, biblically based positions on public policy. That’s why we’ve been involved in voter education efforts beginning with the very first election cycle following our initial year (which was consumed with the marriage amendment campaign) and expanded our efforts every election cycle since then.
Over the years media outlets have come to view The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT) as the thought leader on today’s hot-button social issues in Tennessee politics. In fact, a profile piece just published by National Public Radio said, FACT was “the moving force behind much of the socially conservative legislation proposed in Tennessee this past year (2016).” The story notes how FACT’s work on the “bathroom bill” this year revealed how FACT’s president “has become one of this state’s most powerful lobbyists.”
The Family Action Council of Tennessee got its start when its current President, David Fowler, then a state Senator, joined with a member of the policy team then at Focus on the Family, to host a breakfast in Chattanooga to help raise some money for the organization to incorporate and hire someone else to run it. That was in February 2006. Three weeks later, Mr. Fowler announced he was not running for re-election, was leaving his law practice, and was going to head up this new organization commonly referred to as “FACT.”
Thanks to your faithful prayers and generous financial support, we have come a long way in a decade to stand in the gap and advocate for life, family, marriage, and religious liberty in our state. If you want to help us continue the work, please consider joining other Tennesseans by giving your special gift to our “Ten Years for Tennessee” campaign today!