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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.

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Will I Lose My Law License?

The Tennessee Supreme Court will soon be considering a proposed change to the rules of ethics that govern licensed attorneys that could well result in my disbarment because of the things I've written the last few weeks about marriage. The proposed…
Constitution of the United States and the Liberty Bell

What Are Inalienable Rights and Liberty Worth to You?

After my mother went to heaven, my dad eventually remarried. After the marriage ceremony, the minister asked my dad and me to join him in his office, and we'd get the marriage license and application for the certificate of marriage signed. I now appreciate…
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A Really Hard Question: What Is Marriage Worth to You?

The last three weeks I've raised some hard questions that certain Christians—ministers, young couples, and future parents—are going to have to answer. This week I ask perhaps the hardest question of all, one all evangelical Christians will have to…
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How Long Before Parents Have to Be Licensed by the State?

The last two weeks we’ve talked about hard decisions Christians are going to have to make. If you are a young Christian couple or you have a child or grandchild who someday hopes to be a parent, then you need to read this. In the coming years, Christian…
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Should Christian Couples Get Legally Married?

I know that question sounds bizarre, but after what I wrote last week about whether Christian ministers should continue being agents of the state for legalizing marriages that state law defines contrary to God’s law, a couple of thoughtful people asked…
Tennessee marriage license receipt

Are Tennessee’s Evangelical Pastors Licensing Same-Sex ‘Marriages’?

After the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, I couldn’t help but think of the number of evangelical pastors who told me they would never solemnize a same-sex “marriage,” because it was contrary to the Word of God. But it dawned…
David Fowler, his wife Linda, and daughter Allison after winning the legislative seat

Image Is Everything in Tennessee Politics

The year before I ran for the state Senate, a person I did not know came up to me at a Christian event in my hometown and said, “I think you should run for the Legislature.” His reason shocked me, but this incident came to mind because of something…
Implosion of LifeWay's Draper Tower in Nashville and a photo of the Tennessee state Capitol under construction

Some Legislators Work Through the Implosion of their Ivory Tower

I recently watched a video of the implosion of the LifeWay Draper Tower, a Nashville landmark associated with the Southern Baptist Convention. In the video, you can hear the explosion rumbling deep below, but nothing is happening. Then a few windows pop…
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Gubernatorial Education Forum Questions Were Educational

The gubernatorial candidates at this week’s televised forum on public education answered, for the most part, the questions that were asked of them. But the questions themselves, particularly the big one not asked, were very educational. The questions…
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‘Marriage’ and My Secret Marriage Sign

Shortly after my wife and I married (36 years ago), we developed a way in which we could secretly express our marital love for each other. I would often use it when waiting to take the podium for a political event or when sitting apart from her in the…

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