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)
  • The President and the Roman Emperors (July 31, 2014)


    Last week the President signed an executive order that requires all federal contractors, including charitable religious organizations ministering to the poor, to make those who express gender confusion in the workplace and those who engage in homosexual acts a “protected class” of employees.

    By making no exception for any religious beliefs, the President has made it clear he believes the state, through civil government, and not God, is the final authority on good and evil.

    Such a belief was also held by the Roman emperors, who made allegiance to anything higher than the state an act of treason. Though Roman Christians suffered, history tells us that God, not the state, ultimately prevailed.

    So, when people say those with a biblical sexual ethics are on the wrong side of history, they have most likely forgotten the history of the Roman empire.

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  • Judicial Quagmire (July 16, 2014)

    Tennessee is risking a judicial quagmire. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an order by the National Labor Relations Board was invalid because the President’s appointments to that board were invalid. Makes sense.

    But by the same logic, if the retention of our State’s Supreme Court justices in the August election is not valid, their subsequent decisions may be invalid.

    Here’s why.

    To be on a retention ballot, an Evaluation Commission must give a sitting justice a positive recommendation, but a trial judge recently ruled the Commission was not properly appointed.

    But if the Commission was invalid, then it couldn’t validly recommend putting the justices on the ballot.

    Can judges who aren’t supposed to be on the ballot be validly elected? And if not, can their decisions be valid? We may learn the answer the hard way.

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    Read David’s related commentary, Constitutional Crisis.

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  • Hobby Lobby Not a ‘First Amendment’ Victory (July 9, 2014)

    Christians who last week woke up to the threat to religious liberty rejoiced over the Supreme Court’s rulings for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties. But they better not go back to sleep. This was not a First Amendment victory, but a victory based on a statute, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

    Thus the victory can be turned to a defeat if a simple majority of Congress, absent a Presidential veto, repeals or restricts in scope the statute’s protections 

    In fact, the White House has already said that the statute needs to be fixed, and the very liberal Center for American Progress has released a legislative proposal to place “reasonable restrictions on religious liberty.” 

    In other words, the battle for religious liberty is about to begin in earnest, and there will be no First Amendment safety net if we lose.

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    Read David’s related commentary, Hobby Lobby Not a ‘First Amendment’ Victory

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  • Culture of Lies (July 2, 2014)

    It’s not hard to conclude that ours is now a culture of lies. Last week an incumbent Republican senator openly courted those who would have to break the law to vote for him, Tennessee was ranked the 3rd most corrupt state in the nation, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals held that gay marriage was a fundamental right without having the integrity to actually say what marriage is. 

    People have always lied, but when lies become the mark of the culture, it is quite another thing. Describing Judah’s culture before its fall, the prophet Jeremiah said:

    “They have taught their tongue to speak lies; Your dwelling place is in the midst of deceit (Jeremiah 9:3-6 NKJV).”

    Let’s pray we repent before we, too, fall under the judgment of God. 

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  • It Takes More Than Christian Doctrine (June 25, 2014)

    How much does a politician’s professed Christianity matter? When it comes to the candidate’s character or their basis for understanding right and wrong, it should matter a lot. But that’s not all that matters.

    Being a Christian doesn’t mean that a political candidate understands anything about how our form of government is supposed to work. Too many Christian candidates don’t have an adequate understanding of how a constitutional republic is supposed to work or the different roles and responsibilities assigned to the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. When it comes to knowing these things, it doesn’t really matter how holy a candidate may be.

    So, Christian voter, beware of the politician who comes to you wearing their Christianity on their sleeve. That sleeve might just be part of the sheep’s clothing under which a political wolf is hiding.

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    Read David’s related commentary, Does a Politician’s Christianity Really Matter?.

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  • A Lesson in Humility (June 18, 2014)

    The political demise of Congressman Eric Cantor reflects what can happen when a politician develops political amnesia—forgetting the core beliefs he was elected for and not listening to the concerns of his constituency.

    Cantor began his political career as a solid social and fiscal conservative. But it seems that he succumbed to power and the lure of monied special interests.

    David Brat, the political novice who beat Cantor, gave politicians an insight they should remember and keep as a priority, “First of all, I attribute it to God. I’m really humbled and thankful—I’m a Believer and so I’m humbled that God gave us this win.”

    Let’s pray that more politicians who profess a belief in God will find that belief strong enough to produce a kind of Godly humility that will mark the way in which they serve.

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  • Marriage is More than a Status (June 11, 2014)

    With Nashville on the verge of becoming the 4th city in Tennessee to extend benefits to two people in a same-sex relationship, we need to make our politicians explain why we should treat those relationships like a marriage.

    Proponents of same-sex benefits usually view marriage as simply a status to which the law provides certain benefits. Then they argue that it’s not fair for some to get those benefits and not others.

    But society didn’t “create” marriage for the purpose of giving benefits to some and not others. Rather, “marriage” is the name that societies worldwide have given to a unique relationship between men and women that provides particular benefits to society that no other relationship between two people can provide. 

    Since same-sex relationships don’t provide to society what marriage provides, we should not treat them the same either.

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    Read David’s related commentary, Marriage is Much More than Legal Benefits.

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  • Advertisement Ignites a Debate (June 4, 2014)

    Full or near full-page advertisements against Amendment 1 to Tennessee’s Constitution to be voted on in November recently ran in the lead newspapers in Tennessee’s four largest cities. The advertisement ignited a controversy because it depicted those who support the pro-life amendment as part of the “Tennessee Taliban” and some of the advertisement even showed a man in a turban standing over a prostrate woman with one foot on her shoulder.

    Ironically it is the advertisers who seem to prefer a dictatorial type political process. They seem to prefer the tyranny of a judicial dictatorship. However, the amendment is about using the democratic process created by our republican form of government whereby we, the governed, get to vote on how we should handle issues that affect us. And that is not a philosophy of government the Taliban would embrace.

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  • Would the Supreme Court Call You Irrational? (May 28, 2014)

    Amidst all the hoopla about marriage equality and love, we must not forget that what is at stake is a fundamental issue of constitutional interpretation. Unless the Court is willing to depart from precedent, a law regulating marriage should be constitutional so long as a reasonable person could rationally believe that marriage serves a legitimate state purpose.

    Could the Supreme Court really say that the state has no interest in reducing unplanned pregnancies and providing children a stable home with a mom and a dad? And could they really think no reasonable person could believe that this interest would be furthered by trying to channel naturally procreative relationship into stable, enduring relationships?

    If the Court says “no,” then it will have called the majority of Americans who support marriage irrational and unreasonable. Let’s pray the Court is not that arrogant.

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    Read David’s related commentary, The “New” Haslam-Ramsey Campaign.

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  • What Will The August Judicial Elections Mean? (May 21, 2014)

    In November, Tennesseans will vote on Amendment 2 to the state’s constitution. It would establish a process whereby judges would be appointed to the state’s Supreme Court who would thereafter be subject only to yes-no retention elections. However, in August voters will have to decide whether to retain or reject the judges currently on the state’s Supreme Court.

    By November, voters who want more judicial accountability will have to decide if retention elections can provide that accountability. Lt Governor Ron Ramsey is leading an effort to reject our current Supreme Court justices for being soft on crime, saying that such efforts show that retention elections can be real.

    Whether real or not, the best way for voters to let our politicians know they want more judicial accountability may be decided based on how they vote on these judges in August.

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    Read David’s related commentary, The “New” Haslam-Ramsey Campaign.

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  • Has the Supreme Court Ignored Its Own Advice? (May 14, 2014)

    Many Christians are rightly celebrating the Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding the constitutionality of the predominately Christian invocations given prior to meetings of the town council for Greece, New York. But the opinion also exposed the hypocrisy of the Court’s past religious rulings. The Court said that it would be wrong to “sweep away what has so long been settled”—like public invocations—because it would “begin anew the very divisions along religious lines that the Establishment Clause [was] to prevent.

    If doing that is wrong, then why has the Supreme Court spent the last sixty years sweeping away long-established public practices related to and recognizing Christianity?

    Perhaps the “very divisions along religious lines” that fracture our society today are a product of the Court’s modern practices of promoting atheism by “sweeping away” public recognitions of Christianity.

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    Read David’s related commentary, Supreme Court Exposes It’s Own Hypocrisy.

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  • Making Amendment 1 First (May 7, 2014)

    Last week a host of dignitaries, including Tennessee’s governor, kicked off a campaign to pass Amendment 2 to Tennessee’s constitution. Amendment 2 would put into the constitution a process for the “election” of judges to Tennessee’s Supreme Court that some think will add some accountability to the current process by which judges are appointed by the governor.  But the more important amendment is Amendment 1, which would restore Tennessee’s constitution to a neutral position on abortion. The amendment is needed because Tennessee’s Supreme Court “found” a right to abortion in the state’s constitution.

    If Amendment 2 fails, Tennessee will still have judges, but if Amendment 1 fails, women will be harmed and their unborn children will continue to die in higher numbers.

    Let’s hope the elected officials publicly supporting Amendment 2 will eventually do the same with Amendment 1.

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  • Squeezing the Middle Class (April 30, 2014)

    With the buying power of the middle class shrinking, each political party blames the other and claims its own economic policies are the solution. But economists say part of the squeeze is coming from skyrocketing food prices caused by natural disasters.

    The effect on the economy of things outside man’s control should remind us that God is ultimately in control. In fact, the Bible tells us that God sometimes used nature to express His judgment on unrighteous nations. Of course, not every natural disaster is God’s judgment on a group of people, but for those who take the Bible seriously, can we ignore the possibility in view of our nation’s cultural degeneracy?

    Such a thought will make the scientific man of today laugh, as well as many Christians. That’s all right. They probably laughed at Noah, too.

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  • How You Can Voice Your Values (April 23, 2014)

    Many close observers of the recently adjourned Tennessee legislature thought it was one of the most contentious sessions in decades.  In the past, much of the contention was between Republicans and Democrats or between the House and the Senate. But this year the contention seemed most obvious in the state House and more particularly among Republicans.  Rank and file Republicans in the state House seemed to chafe under the control that some of the leaders in the House tried to exercise over them. They felt like their voice was being cut off.  Similarly, many Christians feel like their voice is being drowned out and their values are being disregarded. If that describes you, and you want to know how you can better communicate your values, then register now for the Stand for Truth Seminar.

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  • Politics in the Workplace (April 16, 2014)

    In the aftermath of the forced “resignation” of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla Corporation, some conservatives commended him for never bringing his political beliefs about marriage into the workplace. But is it really good that the leader of a business is able to leave such political beliefs aside when he comes to work?

    Unlike beliefs about the best brand of ice cream, political beliefs about marriage flow from beliefs that go to the very core of how we see God, man, and the world. Aren’t those the kinds of beliefs that should influence the decisions we make, regardless of the context in which those decisions are made?

    Thankfully many owners of smaller businesses are standing up for marriage, even at risk of financial loss. When they do, let’s support them, and pray that more will follow their lead.

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    Read more about this issue in David Fowler’s recent commentary Does Mozilla Have the Right to be Intolerant?

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  • Is Progressivism Really Progress? (April 9, 2014)

    When The Family Action Council’s President recently upgraded the operating system on his computer, functions that had worked suddenly didn’t work any more.  Perhaps it is a modern-day parable about what we call “progressivism” which says “out with the old” of biblical morality and “in with the new.” But progressivism really isn’t new.  The prophet Jeremiah warned Judah of God’s coming judgment, and it was because, in his words, they “stumbled from their ways, the ancient paths.”  Like us, Judah “progressed” beyond the antiquated ways of their forefathers. So as we dispense with the sacred words that flamed the fires of liberty upon which our forefathers forged America, we might do well to consider the example of the computer – when all our “progress” comes to an end, will we function right any more.

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    Read more about this issue in David Fowler’s recent commentary What My Computer Taught Me About Progressivism

  • Antidiscrimination Act called ‘Anti-Gay Bullying’ Bill (April 2, 2014)

    The Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act recently passed by the Tennessee legislature requires our public schools to treat students with religious beliefs the same way they treat students without religious beliefs.

    Yet advocates for the homosexual agenda publicly decried the bill, saying that it “actually helps organize anti-gay bullying.”  Why would they say that?  Because, they fear a fellow student might say they thought homosexual behavior was wrong.  And that might offend someone.

    But if opinions about the rightness or wrongness of certain behaviors can be squelched simply because those opinions might offend someone or because someone else might take those words to justify committing an abusive act, then the First Amendment is meaningless.

    Christians need to understand that their ability to proclaim the truth of Christ is being eroded under the guise of just wanting people to be nice.

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    Read more about this issue in David Fowler’s recent commentary Bill to Organize ‘Anti-Gay Bullying Passes in Tennessee

  • Judge Washes Away More Than Marriage (March 26, 2014)

    The federal judge in Nashville who ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in Tennessee said there was a rising tide in favor of such marriages, but that tide is going to wash away more than marriage.

    If Tennessee is constitutionally required to accept any marriage so long as it is valid in another state, then part of our state’s sovereignty will be “washed away.” Tennesseans will no longer control what marriage means in our state.

    But worse yet are the results of a study by Oxford professor J.D. Unwin of 80 primitive tribes and six known civilizations over a 5,000-year period. His uncontroverted research showed that when societies embrace sexual license, they have always fallen and never recovered.

    The rising tide for same-sex marriage is washing away state sovereignty and perhaps the very way of life we have enjoyed.

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    Read more about this issue in David Fowler’s recent commentary Same Sex Marriage Ruling Washes Away Values We Hold Dear.

  • Gay Marriage Comes to Tennessee (March 18, 2014)

    Last Friday federal Judge Aleta Trauger ruled that Tennessee had to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples who married in another state and moved here.  In doing so the judge clearly signaled her intent to continue the war by unelected federal judges on the rights of states and the citizens of that state to set its own policies regarding marriage.

    In stating her intent to require Tennessee to recognize same sex marriages performed out of state, Judge Trauger only got one thing right – that her ruling will thwart “democratically enacted laws” that were “overwhelmingly” approved by 80% of Tennessee voters.

    If Judge Trauger continues on her present course and strikes down Tennessee’s marriage law, the cultural landscape in our state will change dramatically, affecting Christian business owners and what we teach in our public schools.

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    Read more about this issue in David Fowler’s recent statement on the ruling.

  • The Real Answer to Sex Week (March 12, 2014)

    Tennessee legislators have rightly been concerned about the educational message that Sex Week at UT Knoxville sent to our young people, but anything the legislature does to “fix” Sex Week is more of a topical solution than a remedy to the disease of the sex-is-nothing-but-biology philosophy of today.  What is needed is more men and women who are living out monogamous, healthy marriages, providing a picture of a kind of relational beauty that even the most cynical person would recognize and that would tug at the deep longing we all have for an intimacy enhanced by strong emotional bonds and the security of mutual commitment.

    We debase something really beautiful when we reduce it to nothing but biology.

    The best “argument” against things like Sex Week to provide examples of intimate relational beauty for our youth to see.

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    Read more about this issue in David Fowler’s recent commentary, The Real Answer to Sex Week 

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