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)
  • Is ISIS The Real Crisis? (September 17, 2014)


    Last week the President insisted that our Air Force will “degrade” and “destroy” ISIS, but is it possible that the threat of terror from foreign intruders might be a judgment by God from outside our nation because of what we have allowed to be degraded and destroyed inside our nation?

    We have degraded life through abortion on demand and are busily going about degrading and destroying the institution of marriage that God created as that most perfect reflection of His Triune nature.

    Perhaps our real problem is spiritual, and ISIS is just one manifestation of that problem.

    If so, then things like the upcoming Sacred Assembly outside the state Capitol on October 5th is critical to our defense. Perhaps the weapon of the warfare in which we need to engage is prayer and not just military strikes by air.

    Read David’s related commentary, Is the Crisis Really ISIS?

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  • Do Christians Really Want Revival? (September 10, 2014)

    John the Baptist told the scribes and Pharisees who came to watch him baptize those who were repenting to “bring forth fruit worthy of repentance.”

    True repentance always produces the fruit of righteousness. And righteousness presumes a measurable standard. But a recent Barna study shows only 10% of American pastors are preaching what the Bible has to say about the issues facing America, even though 90% of them of them acknowledge that the Bible addresses those issues. 

    The problems is this: If Christians don’t know how their views on the issues and their responses to them are wrong, then they can’t “turn from their wicked ways” to produce “fruit” worthy of repentance.

    If pastors aren’t willing to instruct about our sinful ways or we’re not willing to be instructed, then maybe we really don’t want revival after all.

    Read David’s related commentary, Do We Really Want Revival In America.

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  • Republican Control and Social Conservatives (September 3, 2014)

    The rhetoric within Tennessee’s Republican Party over Common Core escalated last week with one Republican legislator calling the Governor a traitor to the party for his role in trying to defeat in the primaries some of the incumbent Republicans who opposed Common Core. If the party’s leaders are wise, they won’t dismiss such accusations as easily as did the Governor.  

    More than one hundred years of Democratic control of the legislature was broken by Republicans over two issues – Democratic support for an income tax and abortion. In other words, Republicans rode to the majority on the backs of fiscal and social conservatives.  

    Republicans who think they can disregard and even try to root social conservatives out of the legislature and still retain their power ought to remember that ten years ago the Democrats didn’t think they would lose their power either.

    Read David’s related commentary, Republican Parallels to the Democratic Demise.

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  • When Lawlessness Abounds (August 27, 2014)

    The lawlessness we’ve seen in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, is at root another kind of lawlessness. Jesus said that when lawlessness abounds, the love of many will grow cold.

    Of course, He was not referring to violations of civil law, but to denial of the moral law of God. 

    When we deny God’s moral law, love must grow cold because every man becomes a law unto himself. And that produces people who care only for themselves. Sadly, many Christians who say God’s love frees us from the law have forgotten that Jesus said loving God and our neighbor was a summation of what it meant to keep the Ten Commandments.

    So if we’re to return law and order to our streets, let’s pray the church will lift up the law, not just join the calls for curfews and calm.

    Read David’s related commentary, Calm and Curfews Aren’t Enough.

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  • Are Today’s Politicians Up To The Task? (August 20, 2014)

    Last week the Navy said it was replacing certain vessels with a new design because of changes in modern warfare. Similarly, political “warfare” has changed, and many of today’s Christian politicians don’t seem equipped for the job.

    In the past, Christian and non-Christians politicians more or less shared a set of fundamental beliefs, the divide being how to apply those beliefs to a particular problem.  

    But today the dividing line is whether we believe there is a God who intervenes in time and space to hold men and governments accountable for unjust and unrighteous judgments.

    Unfortunately, Christian politicians who are not trained to know how to challenge those politicians who hold to the prevailing God-is-dead-or-irrelevant view of the universe won’t cut it any more. And if the church doesn’t train them or know how to, then America may be sunk.

    Read David’s related commentary, Are Today’s Politicians Up To The Task?

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  • A Meaningless Definition of Marriage (August 13, 2014)

    Same-sex marriage rallies were held prior to last week’s arguments in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals over the constitutionality of Tennessee’s marriage laws. The rallies touted the slogan, “love is love.” That may work on a bumper sticker, but it’s unworkable as a definition for marriage. 

    If marriage is just love and if all love should be treated equally because it’s the “same,” then we’re not talking about redefining marriage to include same-sex couples; we’re talking about un-defining marriage.  

    If love is love, then how could a judge say it’s irrational to limit marital love to a man and a woman and then say it’s rational to limit marital love to just two people? The judge can’t if “love is love.”

    Catchy bumper sticker arguments sound nice, but if marriage can mean anything, then marriage essentially means nothing.

    Read David’s related commentary, Reducing Marriage to a Bumper Sticker Slogan.

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  • Un-Defining Marriage (August 6, 2014)

    This week three judges on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on the constitutionality of Tennessee’s definition of marriage.  

    However, the real issue isn’t constitutional, but simply the definition of marriage. If marriage is between a man and a woman, then two people of the same sex are not being denied the right to marry. By definition, their relationship is not a marriage. 

    But those arguing for same-sex marriage are actually arguing to un-define marriage. If marriage has disconnected from biology, then there is no reason that marriage should be limited to two people. After all, any number of people can claim they are in love, and if so, how could they be denied the right to marry? 

    If same-sex marriage proponents win, then marriage can mean anything . . . which means it will mean nothing at all.

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  • 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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    Read David’s related commentary, The Religion Caesar and Obama Have in Common.

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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.

    Watch David’s related video, Constitutional Roulette, Anyone?

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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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    Read David’s related commentary, Our Culture of Lies.

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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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    Read David’s related commentary, The Cure for Cantor.

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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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    Read David’s related commentary, Advertisement Ignites a Debate.

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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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    Read David’s related commentary, Amendment 2 is Second for a Reason.

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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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    Read David’s related commentary, also called Squeezing the Middle Class.

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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
 

And on Appalachian Radio Group stations.

Kingsport WPWT 870 AM / 100.7 FM
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Our Mission: To equip Tennesseans and their public officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good.