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)
  • 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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  • Pray for the Attorney Generals (March 25, 2015)

    This week attorneys for the states of Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky will be finishing and filing with the United States Supreme Court perhaps the most important briefs they’ve ever written. Those briefs will be arguing that the U.S. Constitution does not prohibit states from upholding God’s design for marriage in our states’ laws.

    Since we are exhorted by Scripture to pray for those in authority, it is right and appropriate that we pray for those in our Attorney General’s office as they write their briefs. Join us at FACT in praying that their arguments in support of marriage will be clear and persuasive.

    And we can join with others across the nation who are praying for marriage by joining the praying community:

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  • Oral Arguments on Marriage Spark Season of Prayer (March 18, 2015)

    Ecclesiastes 3:1 declares this truth: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

    And the next 40 days is a time during which many are calling for a season of prayer and fasting for the institution of marriage. That’s because on April 28th the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the marriage laws in Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.

    In 1 Timothy we are exhorted to pray for all those in authority, and while many think our nine Justices’ minds are made up on this issue, Proverbs reminds us that the heart of the King is like channels of water in the hands of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.

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  • The Right Side of History (March 10, 2015)

    On April 28th the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of Tennessee’s marriage law.

    As the debate over marriage rages, some say that those who believe marriage is between a man and a woman will wind up on the “wrong side of history?”

    But who winds up on the “right side of history” is a tricky question, because who is to say when enough time has passed for the truth about marriage to have been proved?

    Thankfully, the unerring, unchanging Word of God tells us that the truth about marriage has been established by the God who not only created it, but who also directs the flow of history toward His unalterable purposes. His truth wins out.

    And that knowledge should be enough to keep Christians from being too worried about being on the wrong side of history

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  • Tennessee is Leading the Way (March 3, 2015)

    A national news story last week showed that what we do in Tennessee may encourage other states to “do the right thing” too, this time in countering the so-called “gay agenda.”

    Last week Arkansas passed a bill that prevented local governments from mandating that private businesses include special rights for their employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. In opposing the law, the largest pro-gay lobbying organization in America said, “I think for folks who really want to turn back the tide on LGBT equality, these bills are unfortunately something they’re looking into.”

    They are looking into these laws because Tennessee passed the first such law, at the insistence of The Family Action Council of Tennessee. It is encouraging to know that by supporting good laws here, we just may have a positive impact beyond our borders.

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  • Catch Them Doing Something Right! (February 25, 2015)

    There’s nothing like praise from your employer, is there? In America, we elect those who represent us in government. So, in essence, we are the “employer” of our legislators.

    Every week our state Senators and Representatives are in and out of committee meetings, attending floor sessions, and meeting throughout the day with other legislators, all-the-while trying to move their own legislation through the process.

    And they’re frequently meeting with lobbyists and constituents. Unfortunately, all too often they only hear from people who have something to complain about and rarely get praise. So if you like the work your state Senator and Representative are doing, take a minute to call their office and let them know they’re doing a good job.

    Go to our website to find your legislators’ phone numbers so you can tell them to keep up the good work. It will be a great encouragement to them.

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  • Don’t Forget About Tennessee (February 18, 2015)

    With so much going on in Washington, D.C. it’s easy to forget that the legislation being considered by the Tennessee General Assembly right now is just as likely to affect your family and your religious liberty. But which ones of the thousands of filed bills do you really need to know about? And how do you learn about them without the “spin” you get from politicians and the mainstream media?

    That’s easy. Just attend one of the eight State Legislative Issues Briefings being hosted across Tennessee by The Family Action Council of Tennessee, starting next week.

    At these free, one-hour briefings, former state Senator David Fowler will put his twenty years in state politics to work for you to give you the information you need to know and show you how you can let your voice be heard. Make your reservation now.

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  • Ministers’ Day on the Hill (February 11, 2015)

    Martin Luther King Jr. said that the church was to be the conscience of the state and, indeed, it must do so because, as Solomon said, “A divine decision is in the lips of the King; he should not err in judgment.”

    God cares about how the authority He extends to civil government is used, and who better to engage our legislators than the ministers of our local churches?

    That’s why The Family Action Council of Tennessee is teaming up with other organizations to host Ministers’ Day on the Hill. This free event for ministers will be at the state Capitol on February 24th.

    Ministers’ Day on the Hill will inform ministers about the issues our legislators are facing and provide time for them to pray for their legislators. Urge your minister to attend Ministers’ Day on the Hill, February 24th.

    For more information and to register: Ministers’ Day on the Hill 2015

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  • Curbing Campus Sexual Violence (February 4, 2015)

    C.S. Lewis wrote in the Abolition of Man: “We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”

    And a similar sentiment could have been expressed about the meeting higher education officials had last week to talk about how to curb sexual violence on college campuses.

    Sadly, the colleges spent more time talking about process than substance. They discussed how to avoid dangerous situations, the impact of alcohol, and how to handle incident reports, but missing was any discussion of things like the effect of pornography and whether there are any God-given boundaries for sexual intimacy.

    No doubt, Lewis would have said of the meeting, “They avoid discussing boundaries, and then are shocked to find students behave like there are none.”

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  • Vanderbilt’s History of Hypocrisy (January 28, 2015)

    When a Vanderbilt University professor pointed out “the dangers of radical Islam” in a recent Tennessean editorial, the University sent out an official campus-wide email saying it didn’t want its Muslim students to feel “unwelcome or unsafe.”

    That’s a bit surprising. A few years ago, the University didn’t make the campus Christian organizations feel “welcome” if they believed sex was only for a married man and woman. They were kicked off campus.

    Ironically, a Muslim listed as an adjunct professor later said publicly that he agreed with Islam that homosexuals deserved the death penalty.

    Interestingly no “official email” went out assuring homosexuals they were welcome and safe.

    Perhaps the University thought it had done enough for them by previously kicking the “homophobic Christians” off campus.

    If you think about it, the University’s hypocritical view of tolerance is almost funny.

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  • Tennessee Legislature Begins With A Bang (January 21, 2015)

    The 109th General Assembly convened last week with a “bang,” literally. As all the members, surrounded by family, friends, and supporters, gathered to be sworn in, about 30 abortion supporters came inside the Capitol and literally pounded a drum and chanted, “My Body. My Choice.” The many first-time visitors to the Capitol got a “dose of reality” about politics.

    But soon those legislators will get another “dose of reality” about politics when they return in two weeks for a special session on the Governor’s proposed expansion of Tennessee’s version of Medicaid, allowed under Obamacare. While there were no “drums,” the rhetoric between some House and Senate leaders about which chamber should vote on the legislation first was pretty strong.

    Between legislation on abortion and expanding Medicaid, it looks like this coming session could get quite noisy quite fast.

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  • Speech, Satire and Grace (January 14, 2015)

    Last week, Islamic terrorists killed several journalists that wrote for the French satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo. But when we think about satire, which holds up human vices and follies to public ridicule or scorn, we have to ask ourselves as Christians if it is a godly form of speech, even if it is protected by the First Amendment. That we have the right to use satire doesn’t mean it is right.

    Proverbs tells us in many different ways that harsh words stir up anger but words rightly spoken are like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

    Specifically it says that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” In these violent days, speech seasoned more by grace than by satire may be the better tasting fruit.

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  • Our Legislators Need Your Prayers (January 7, 2015)

    As our legislative session begins next week, let’s pray diligently for our new leaders. 1 Timothy 2: 1-2 tells us to pray “for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

    What kinds of things should we pray for? Wisdom and discernment as our legislators weed through massive amounts of information, the courage to do what is right, the understanding that biblical truth should be their standard, safety as our legislators travel from their homes to Nashville weekly, and protection for their family relationships as they will be separated for the next several months.

    As we intercede, we can rest assured that God is directing our leaders. Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.”

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  • Are Children Just Commodities (December 31, 2014)

    We just celebrated the birth of Jesus to a “single mom.” In Bible times, that was a scandal, but now it’s commonplace. Increasingly, unmarried women are having babies—and it is not all the result of unplanned, crisis pregnancies.

    The pregnancies in question are those where there is no intention to provide a child with a relationship to one of his or her biological parents. Single women are simply going to sperm banks to “get” a father for their baby. This may satisfy the “needs” of the adult, but what about the child? Doesn’t the child have any rights?

    Before the idea that children are a “commodity” to enhance a single adult’s lifestyle takes too firm a root, we must think about the ethical implications of what we’re doing. And in January FACT will ask the Tennessee legislature to do just 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
 

And on Appalachian Radio Group stations.

Kingsport WPWT 870 AM / 100.7 FM
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