FACT Report

The FACT Report is a one-minute radio commentary on events that impact life, the family and religious liberty in Tennessee.

The FACT Report is heard weekly on the Bott Radio Network, including Memphis on WCRV 640 AM and Nashville on WCRT 1160 AM. (Full station list below)
  • Will the Obergefell Decision Shoot Down the Second Amendment? (September 2, 2015)


    Usually, Second Amendment advocates don’t care about things like the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision that morphed the word “liberty” in the Fourteenth Amendment into a right to same-sex “marriage” and put it on a collision course with the constitutional right to freedom of religion. But maybe they should.

    With some now trying to morph freedom of religion into freedom of worship whereby same-sex “marriage” obtains a constitutional preference, what is to keep the Court from someday saying that the “right to keep and bear arms” was only intended to protect one’s “liberty” in the context of home invasions and that people have a right not to have their life or liberty threatened by people who carry guns in public?

    Were that to happen, some Second Amendment supporters may just feel like they’ve shot themselves in the foot by not caring more about marriage.

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  • Mom, Dad, and the Tennessee Supreme Court (August 26, 2015)

    The Administrative Office of the Courts, that serves under the auspices of Tennessee’s Supreme Court, recently attempted to replace the words “Mother” and “Father” on a court form with “Parent 1” and “Parent 2”, sparking a firestorm.

    The Court probably thought it was merely accommodating same-sex marriages, but the form did not have to be changed to do that. It allowed the parties to check whichever term they thought applied to them. So the change really just slighted those parents who are proud to wear the title mom and dad. But more importantly, it revealed that our Supreme Court might not appreciate the unique and complementary roles a mom and dad play in their child’s life. 

    The same attitude on the US Supreme Court that gave us same-sex marriages appears to have infected Tennessee’s Supreme Court as well.

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  • Can a Conservative President Fix the Supreme Court? (August 19, 2015)

    With Republicans focusing on presidential candidates, one has to ask if conservatives are going to fall for the same kind of thinking about presidential elections that has failed in the past.

    For example, many rightly worry about constitutional abuses by the Supreme Court and think that by electing the right president we’ll get new conservative Justices.

    But to think that is to forget that the U.S. Senate must confirm those nominated, and a Republican Senate that can’t figure out how to defund Planned Parenthood after the latest scandal regarding the sale of fetal tissue is one that can stymie even the best of presidents.

    After all, when President Reagan couldn’t get conservative jurist Robert Bork through the Senate, he had to settle for Justice Kennedy, who just redefined marriage. So don’t expect a new president alone to fix the Court.

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  • Creating a Right to Assisted Suicide in Tennessee (August 5, 2015)

    Did it ever cross your mind that the Supreme Court’s same-sex “marriage” decision might give rise to a constitutional “right to die” that would make Tennessee’s laws against physician-assisted suicide unconstitutional? If not, then it should.

    In a pending lawsuit in Tennessee arguing that our law is unconstitutional, the marriage decision was cited as legal support for a constitutional right to die. The reason is that the Court’s recent marriage decision essentially rejected the reasoning the Court used almost twenty years ago in deciding that assisted suicide was not a constitutional right.

    But since the Court also said twenty years ago that same-sex “marriage” was not a constitutional right, what will keep the Court from changing its mind on this issue? The answer is nothing. We must understand that more than marriage was affected the Court’s recent decision.

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  • The Next New Constitutional Right (July 29, 2015)

    The Supreme Court’s marriage ruling may wind up giving rise to a new constitutional right to third party reproductive assistance.

    While such assistance has already been used to create families where none was biologically possible, the “constitutional right” to same-sex “marriage” takes the issue of access to reproductive technologies to another level.

    As advocates for a child’s right to know his or her biological parents demand legal limits to use of these technologies expect same-sex couples to argue that those laws violate some new-fangled “right to procreate” unnaturally.

    After all, the Supreme Court has spoken in the past about “procreational autonomy,” though always in the context of heterosexual relations. But the fact that the Court always spoke of marriage as a heterosexual relationship didn’t stop it from redefining marriage. So what will stop it from redefining “procreation” too?

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  • Redefining “Parent” is Sure to Come (July 22, 2015)

    When the Supreme Court ruled on same-sex “marriage,” it didn’t just change the definition of marriage. It may have also forced us to redefine the word “parent.”

    Who qualifies as a “parent” under various state laws is very important when, for example, a teacher, physician, or government official like a social worker or Juvenile Court Judge is dealing with a child.

    In the past, the law of parentage presumed that a married man was the father of the child his wife bore. But what if one woman in the lesbian “marriage” gets impregnated through sperm donation? Should the courts just assume that the other spouse is also a parent?

    As Tennessee’s courts address these issues, let’s hope they don’t just concede the reinterpretation of every statute premised upon the truth that real marriage is one man and one woman.

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  • Reminding the Supreme Court (July 8, 2015)

    Supreme Court Justice Scalia, in dissenting from the recent marriage decision, wrote:

    “Hubris is sometimes defined as o’erweening pride; and pride, we know, goeth before a fall. … With each decision of ours that takes from the People a question properly left to them—with each decision that is unabashedly based not on law, but on the “reasoned judgment” of a bare majority of this Court—we move one step closer to being reminded of our impotence.”

    Americans needed that reminder, because it is past time for us to remind our federal judges that their authority flows from Almighty God through “we the people.” In the days ahead, we need to find ways to “remind them of their impotence” if they think it is their prerogative to overrule millennia of thinking regarding marriage and the votes of millions of Americans.

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  • Death and Rebirth of the Supreme Court (July 1, 2015)

    Last week the U.S. Supreme Court issued two of its most significant rulings ever. One upheld a key provision in Obamacare, and the other redefined marriage for all fifty states.

    But they were significant not just because of the result.

    In the Obamacare ruling, the Court said that the clear language of the statute didn’t mean what it said, and in the marriage ruling, they found a right that had no language in the Constitution to support it. When the Court can give words whatever meaning it wants to give them, then as Justice Scalia said, nine lawyers on the Court rule us.

    Last week we witnessed the death of the Court as a judicial institution and its birth as a full-fledged political body asserting its supremacy over every other governing body, including the very people who created it.

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  • Thinking in Black and White (June 24, 2015)

    When Rachel Dolezal, a woman with white ancestry, wanted to “identify” as black, many wondered, “What will people think of next?” And that’s a great question.

    We need to realize that our culture no longer thinks the way people have thought forever—that if a certain thing is true, like begin white, then it’s opposite, like being black, is not true.

    But as Francis Schaeffer pointed out, with the death of absolutes and the embrace of relativism, reality is no longer understood as something real that is either this way or that way, but is what we perceive it to be. After all, a culture that can disconnect one’s gender from biology to embrace transgenderism can also think about race like Ms. Dolezal.

    You might say things aren’t as black and white as they used to be.

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  • Paving the Way for Independence (June 17, 2015)

    Soon we will celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but this week our English ancestors are remembering the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

    While a political declaration of rights written by a group of thirteenth-century barons to protect their rights and property against a tyrannical king might seem irrelevant to us, it was a breakthrough in the civil rights of people relative to their government.

    In fact, our right under the Fifth Amendment to our Constitution not to have our property seized or to be punished for a crime without due process of law is a direct descendant of the Magna Carta.

    So, even as we prepare to give thanks to God for our nation’s independence, let us also give thanks to God for those who paved the way for us.

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  • Good News on Abortion Numbers (June 10, 2015)

    It seems like bad news has been coming in waves for social conservatives, but a recent Associated Press survey of all the states that compile comprehensive abortion data is encouraging.

    Since 2010 abortions have declined in nearly all the states, even in states with weak prolife laws. There are as many explanations for the drop as there are people offering them, but certainly one factor is the proliferation of prolife laws.

    The pro-abortion research group, Guttmacher Institute, reports that 267 abortion restrictions have been enacted in 31 states since 2011. And those laws that protect women have contributed to the closure of 70 abortion clinics in a dozen states.

    With the recent passage of prolife laws made possible by the passage of Amendment 1 last November, Tennesseans can only hope that we, too, will see a decline in abortions.

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  • Follow the Crowd Leadership (June 3, 2015)

    Robert Gates, leader of the Boy Scouts of America, in announcing that Scouting needed to be open to homosexual leaders, said, “We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be.”

    In doing so, he revealed the fact that he is anything but a leader. Yes, a leader sees the world as it is, but he also sees it as it should be and courageously leads others in that direction. But Gates didn’t say that homosexual male leaders was a good thing and that Scouting needed to go in that direction. Gates demonstrated a leadership defined by a resignation to following the crowd. With follow-the-crowd leaders saying they want to train future leaders, perhaps boys who want to be leaders should follow the crowd over to the scouting alternative, Trail Life USA.

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  • Continue to Pray for Marriage (May 27, 2015)

    The U.S. Supreme Court has not yet made a decision as to whether the one man-one woman marriage laws in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan are constitutional. The decision should come no later than June 30th.

    While we wait to hear whether the highest Court in our land decides to redefine marriage to include same-sex “marriage,” we are joining with other concerned Americans around the nation to stand for God’s design for marriage. 

    Now is the time for the Body of Christ to stand in the gap for the institution of marriage .The Bible says the prayers of a righteous man or woman avails much, so join our Pray4Marriage Movement on Facebook or online. You will get daily reminders and encouragement, That’s www DOT Pray, the number 4, marriage dot O-R-G or pray, the number 4, marriage on Facebook.

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  • Wordviews Matter on Gender (May 20, 2015)

    During the oral arguments on same-sex “marriage,” Justice Ginsburg articulated the worldview behind same-sex “marriage” that is fueling the current push for transgendered bathrooms and locker rooms.

    Justice Ginsburg said,
    “[Proponents of same-sex “marriage”] wouldn’t be asking for this relief if the law of marriage was what it was a millennium ago. There was a change in the institution of marriage to make it egalitarian when it wasn’t egalitarian. And same-sex unions wouldn’t—wouldn’t fit into what marriage was once.”

    In other words, to her, changes in equality regarding the roles of men and women in marriage reveal an evolution in our understanding of the sexes that now justifies treating the sexes themselves as interchangeable. But if interchangeable in marriage, then why not in the locker room as well? It’s a real-life lesson in the fact that worldviews matter.

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  • Why is Marriage Fundamental? (May 13, 2015)

    During oral arguments in the Supreme Court on the issue of marriage, Justice Sotomayor said that the Court’s analysis should start with the question, “Is marriage fundamental?” Unfortunately, neither she nor any of the other Justices nor the attorneys arguing the case answered the question.

    According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word “fundamental” means something that “serves as an original or generating source.” Obviously, what made marriage, as historically defined, fundamental is its function as the “generating source” of children. Just as obviously same-sex couples cannot share in that fundamental function in the same way as a man and a woman. That’s why marriage never included same-sex couples but has always required a man and a woman.

    As we await a ruling, let’s continue to pray our Court doesn’t get the answer to Justice Sotomayor’s question fundamentally wrong.

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  • Suppressing the Truth in Court (May 6, 2015)

    Romans 1 tells us that the truth about God is evident to men, but because men are unrighteous, they suppress the truth. And in the oral arguments before the Supreme Court last week over the definition of marriage, we saw an aspect of this Scriptural truth played out.

    Justice Kennedy essentially began the arguments by recognizing that for millennia people across the globe have defined marriage in such a way as to require persons of the opposite sex.

    He was seemingly uncomfortable with the tension playing out in his head – he saw an “evident” truth regarding marriage but was being asked to suppress that truth.

    As Romans says, those who deny the truth of God always exchange it for something else, a lie. Let’s pray our Supreme Court won’t do that, and recognize the truth of God regarding marriage.

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  • What if the Court Redefines Marriage (April 29, 2015)

    On April 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments about the constitutionality of Tennessee’s marriage laws.

    And by June, we will know whether states will be allowed to uphold God’s design for marriage or be forced to lawfully join together that which God has said should not be joined together.

    But whatever the Court decides, our first response as Christians should be like that of King David, after fasting and praying earnestly for the life of his son born through Bathsheba. When God’s judgment finally came, David broke his fast and worshipped the LORD. As Christians, we know that our God is sovereign and His judgments are always righteous and true.

    Then we should recommit ourselves to our own marriages so that, over time, those who want to redefine marriage will see the beauty of doing marriage God’s way.

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  • Two Things the Supreme Court Can’t Say (April 22, 2015)

    Two recent events make clear two reasons the Supreme Court cannot give if it rules that Tennessee’s marriage laws are unconstitutional.

    One asserted reason for striking down marriage laws is that homosexuals are a “suspect class” of citizens who need special protection from laws that would “discriminate” against them. Historically, a group must be viewed as  “politically powerless” to get special protection, but the lightning speed at which Indiana’s political leaders gutted their recently enacted religious liberty law when homosexuals threatened a state boycott shows they are certainly not politically powerless.

    A second reason they cannot give is that America seems ready for same-sex “marriage.” With twenty-four states filing briefs supporting real marriage, that reason seems gone, too.

    While the Justices may rule against marriage, we at least know two reasons they cannot credibly use to justify their decision.

    Please pray for the institution of marriage. Next Tuesday, April 28th, is when the U. S. Supreme court will hear oral arguments about the constitutionality of marriage laws in our state, as well as in KY, MI, and Ohio.

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  • Giving Apple the Law It Wants (April 15, 2015)

    When Apple’s Tim Cook said the Indiana Religious Freedom (RFRA) law was bad because it might allow a Christian to not bake a cake for a same-sex “wedding,” why didn’t anyone ask him why it was okay for his business to exclude the Manhattan Declaration’s app in support of marriage, life, and religious liberty from his i-Tunes store?

    Apparently, Mr. Cook hasn’t thought about whether the power of government to force some people to convey messages they don’t agree with could ever be applied to him.

    The default position for Christians is to “turn the other cheek,” but the Apostle Paul did assert his rights under Roman law when they were violated.

    Perhaps if Christians begin to ask judges to apply to Mr. Cook and some of his friends the law they think they want, they just might think again.

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  • The End of Christianity as We Know It (April 1, 2015)

    The hysterical reaction to Indiana’s law protecting religious liberty has made it clear that Christianity as we know it – where Christians can live consistently with the historic doctrines of the church and still get along with everybody – is coming to an end. What will take its place is a costly Christianity, the kind of which Dietrich Bonheoffer wrote before he was hanged for his opposition to Hitler’s totalitarian Nazi regime.

    But that kind of Christianity is really true to its historical roots. Christianity will always be rooted in the Cross, and only those willing to embrace that Cross really embrace Christianity.

    Soon those who fill the pews and pulpits of America’s churches will have to think about whether they will really embrace the costliness of the Cross. And Easter is just the right time of year to think about that.

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The FACT Report is heard weekly on these Bott Radio Stations.

Memphis –  WCRV 640 AM & 100.7 FM
Nashville WCRT 1160 AM & 103.9 FM
 

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Kingsport WPWT 870 AM / 100.7 FM
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