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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 Tennessee Judge Be Crazy Like a (Judge) Fox?

The phrase “crazy like a fox” was popularized by humorist S.J. Perelman’s 1944 book by the same name. It describes a person who looks foolish but is actually very smart or clever. Last Friday, a lot of people may have thought Arkansas Circuit Court…
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Will Liberty Be ‘Battered’ by Wedding Cakes?

Multiple thoughts flooded my mind as I read the transcript of Tuesday’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court over whether a baker, Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, by refusing to make a custom wedding cake for a same-sex commitment…
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Is Your County Clerk Acting Illegally?

A storm is brewing in Bradley County, Tenn., and it’s not over whether the sheriff there should be convicted of the various crimes for which he’s been indicted. It’s a lawsuit that puts on “trial” a question about whether the Bradley County…
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The Good That Can Come When Evil Is Exposed

In anticipation of Thanksgiving, I have been thinking about the Apostle Paul’s statement, “Test all things; hold fast what is good" (1 Thess. 5:21 NKJV). There is always something good for which thanks can be given. But I’ve also been reflecting…
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Rob Briley, Roy Moore, and Me

Years ago, I wrote about former state Rep. Rob Briley after he’d returned to the state House following a horrible episode associated with his arrest for drunken driving. I couldn’t help but think of that and a political failure of my own as I read…
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The Common Thread to This Week’s Major News Stories

What a week!—the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, polls showing that millennials prefer communism to capitalism, murderous hatred displayed in a small Baptist church, and calls on the federal government for stricter gun control laws. There…
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The Lawyer and the Layman: A Modern-Day ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ Tale

I couldn’t help thinking about Aesop’s The Tortoise and the Hare as I recently sat through a deposition in connection with a contest over who gets to make laws under our Constitution. It was fun to listen in on the conversation as the layman schooled…
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The Reformation and the Heresy of White Lives Matter

I’ve been reading about the Reformation lately because next Tuesday marks the date 500 years ago when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the Wittenberg church, and I couldn’t help but think of a striking connection between…
Alabama's Judge Roy Moore

Is Alabama’s Senate Race a Harbinger of Things to Come?

It seems to me that our country is becoming increasingly chaotic, violent, and fractured. I think I’m finally beginning to grasp what, at root, is happening, and if I’m right, I think the electoral plight of one politician may give us some insight…
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What Makes the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act a Good Law?

I found very interesting some of the arguments made by members of the U.S. House of Representative in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Those arguments reminded me of a debate I had on Amendment 1, the pro-life amendment on the ballot…
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Diagnosing the Las Vegas Massacre

Twenty-four years ago, I was diagnosed with a physical malady with which I would live the rest of my life. I couldn’t help but think about that as I read about the shooting earlier this week in Las Vegas and some of the reactions to it. Diagnosing…
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My Open Letters to Mitch McConnell, Steve Bannon, and Roy Moore

This week was the culmination of the Republican primary war between Sen. Mitch McConnell and former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, which former Trump advisor Steve Bannon publicly jumped into during the last several days. I hope you’ll find…