Cleaning Up the Supreme Court’s Obergefell Mess

When the U.S. Supreme Court in the Obergefell case decided it could redefine marriage for all the states, it created a mess. Fixing it will take an assist from the states. A decision this week by the same state Supreme Court that first gave us same-sex…

A Political Lesson I Learned the Hard Way

I’ve learned some lessons the hard way. One of those lessons I learned was when I got sued in federal court and lost. I couldn’t help but think of that lesson as I’ve observed the recent goings-on in the state House. That lawsuit was by a state…

The New Frontier for Liberals in Tennessee

The conflict between Tennessee’s increasingly liberal cities and the state Legislature is about to explode. The left’s tactic of running to the courts to get what they want is taking on a new twist, and the Legislature must address it. What I see…

The Supreme Court Is the Tip of the Iceberg This November

Certainly, the appointments that will take place within the U.S. Supreme Court over the next four to eight years are important, but we can’t focus only on “the tip of the iceberg” when it comes to the federal judiciary and the increasing control…

Is Quitting the Best Way to Defend Marriage?

This week I couldn’t help but think of what Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” It came to mind when I learned a national organization I respect was quitting on the most important issue…

What the Texas-Tennessee Bathroom Decision Means

This week a federal district court judge ruled in the “bathroom” lawsuit filed by Texas and Tennessee and several other states. The lawsuit involved the legal effect of the “guidance letter” sent by the Obama administration telling public schools…

Can Trump Protect Religious Liberty?

Is religious liberty really under attack in the United States? If so, will Donald Trump, if he’s elected, really be able to protect it from further attack? Many of my Christian friends probably wonder why I would even pose the first question, because,…

Common Core 2.0—‘In Loco Parentis’ Gone Loco

It looks like the Tennessee Department of Education did not learn its lesson with Common Core. Through a new educational initiative, the Department is going down a similar path with something that is even worse. It is taking the Latin phrase in loco parentis…

My Judicial Hypothetical Proves Prophetic

While there are many fine constitutionally sound judges in our country, the judicial system, as a whole, is broken. Last April I predicted that judges who are not very careful in their application of Obergefell’s holdings to Tennessee’s marriage license…

Breaking Through the Millennial 'Matrix'

In a scene from The Matrix, Neo (the film’s protagonist, played by Keanu Reeves) is confronted with the truth that everything in his life to that point had been controlled and that he was not free at all, that he was only allowed certain freedoms (in…

The Slow Death of Religious Liberty

The Supreme Court refused to hear a case in which the State of Washington changed its pharmacy referral rules for the sole purpose of forcing a handful of pharmacists to carry the “morning after” pill in violation of their religious and moral belief…

When Legislators Behave Badly—What Should Be Done?

Twenty-two different people have told the Attorney General that Republican State Representative Jeremy Durham engaged in various kinds of sexual innuendo and relations with them. He has suspended his campaign but has chosen not to resign. What should…