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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.

Memphis Gay Rights Bill Withdrawn

Yesterday morning something took place in Memphis you won’t read about in your local paper. And it is something that may not have happened in any major American city. And The Family Action Council was there playing a leading role. In case you missed…

Pastors and Pro-Family Advocates Make Their Voices Heard

On Tuesday, August 10, the Personnel, Intergovernmental and Annexation committee of the Memphis City Council met to consider a resolution that would require all entities that do business with the city or use city facilities to agree to give special employment…

Federal Judge: Traditional Marriage Is Now ‘Unconstitutional’

On Wednesday, August 4, 2010, Chief Judge Vaughan Walker overturned the will of seven million California voters by declaring Prop 8, which define marriage as the union of one man and woman, “unconstitutional.” Although the decision was not unexpected…

Time to Stop the Hate!

Hate that threatens violence to those with whom we disagree is wrong. Calling everyone who disagrees with you “hateful” is also wrong. It is not hateful simply to have another point of view, as some would have us believe. Both discourage and stifle…

Judging the Judges

When voting for Supreme Court judge, nobody in Tennessee has information on our judicial candidates, at least with respect to the way they have voted on cases and their judicial philosophy. The Tennessee Bar Association essentially won't allow it. A…

Does Early Voting Need Changing?

Early voting costs you money—and more. The Secretary of State announced on Monday that more than half a million Tennesseans voted early this year—setting a new record for a state primary election. That is good news. But is early voting all good…

When Being Right Is Not Enough

I just attended a conference for lawyers who strategically seek to defend the First Amendment rights of Christians and heard the statement, “Stupid for Jesus is still stupid.” In the context of public office, a candidate who loves God and has all…

Lend Me Your Ears

No one knows it all. And the candidate who thinks he knows it all doesn’t know how little he knows. Avoid that candidate. But most candidates are not that arrogant (or at least not openly so). So, who will have a candidate’s ear? This is an important…

Un-Spinning the ‘Sin’ of Spin

It’s telling that we have a television news channel with a show called The No Spin Zone. News is supposed to provide facts. But in politics everyone (it seems) tries to put “their spin” on the facts. And when it comes to campaign promises, one really…

Supreme Court or Supreme Contempt?

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kegan has given too many signals of her contempt for the law to believe that anyone would vote to confirm her. Here are just three examples. The most recent example is found in the opinion by federal District Judge…

Reaching Beyond the Border

Family Action of Tennessee, FACT's sister organization, has joined several others groups to reverse the ruling of an activist judge who thinks she can singlehandedly overturn 200 years of religious freedom in America. Many don’t realize that The…

Is a Person a ‘Top Ten’ Type Candidate?

When I think about late night talk shows, I admit having enjoyed some of David Letterman’s “Top Ten” lists. It can be pretty funny. When I think about whom to vote for, I’m mindful that God has given us his “Top Ten” list, too. Having a list…