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 Power of the People (November 19, 2014)


    Recently a federal lawsuit was filed to have the vote on Amendment 1 declared invalid because a provision in the state constitution ties passage of amendments to a minimum number of people who vote in the Governor’s election. The plaintiffs argue this provision means you can’t vote on an amendment if you don’t vote for governor.

    But, according to our constitution, the power to alter and reform the constitution remains in the hands of “the people.” It says the “people shall approve” amendments, not just voters in a gubernatorial race. It’s our fundamental right as citizens to vote and not to vote as we see fit.

    Why is it that those who support abortion are willing to find words in the constitution that aren’t there, like abortion, but refuse to recognize the words “the people” that are there?

    Amendment 1 Lawsuit Explained

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  • Three Wins in Three Days (November 12, 2014)

    Three big wins in three days.

    First, the people approved Amendment 1, effectively allowing our state legislature to re-enact common sense abortion regulations struck down by our state Supreme Court decision 14 years ago.

    Second, a state Court of Appeals upheld a law that prohibits local governments from requiring private businesses to give special rights to citizens beyond those protected by state law. For example, the law keeps local governments from making private businesses extend special rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    Third, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Tennessee’s definition of marriage. It was the first federal Court of Appeals win for marriage after four other circuits said the constitution required “gay marriage.”

    With three victories in three days, it was almost as if a Triune God was reminding us that He is still on His throne.

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  • Amendment 1 Wins (November 5, 2014)

    Tuesday Tennesseans took a major step toward restoring a culture of life in their state by approving Amendment 1.

    With its passage, the people reclaimed the power the state Supreme Court had taken from them to pass the kind of common-sense abortion regulations that other states have had.

    The amendment itself was 13 years in the making, having first been filed with the legislature in January 2001. And its passage was opposed by millions of dollars provided by ACLU and Planned Parenthood offices from across the country.

    But, as with David’s victory over Goliath, God took the effort of hundreds of everyday citizens and pastors across the state and from a variety of denominations to proclaim the truth about the amendment. And in the end, Truth won out and a great victory for Life was won.

    Thanks to all those who voted “yes” on Amendment 1.

    Read David’s press statement about the Amendment 1 victory.

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  • Setting the Record Straight (October 29, 2014)

    The ‘No on 1’ campaign is trying to deceive Tennesseans about Tennessee’s abortion laws.  So let’s set the record straight. 

    First, the ad by a law professor who is board chair of a Planned Parenthood office says that Amendment 1 will “force governmental interference into private medical decisions.” The plain language of the Amendment shows that’s not true.

    Second, Planned Parenthood got the state Supreme Court to strike down our abortion-specific informed consent law because it required the doctor to personally inform” the woman about the procedure. But if you were going to have an irreversible, life-changing surgery, wouldn’t you want to speak with the doctor? 

    Lastly, laws regulating physician operated abortion clinics have been declared unconstitutional, so they are not licensed and inspected like other outpatient surgery centers. 

    These are the facts. Please vote yes on Amendment 1.

    Read David’s related commentary, A Time for Truth on Amendment 1

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  • Amendment 1 Misinformation (October 22, 2014)

    If you’ve seen any of the commercials against Amendment 1 and if you actually know what the amendment says, you’d have to wonder if the truth really matters.  

    In a generally pro-life state, Planned Parenthood doesn’t want to tell the truth – that it supports abortion on demand and makes lots of money off of abortions.  

    So, to rile up a jaded public that distrusts government, a law professor says that Amendment 1 would “force governmental interference into private medical decisions.” But what that lawyer, chair of Planned Parenthood’s board in Middle TN, didn’t say is the language of the Amendment actually says the “people retain the right” to decide what policies we should have on abortion. 

    Laws ensuring that women have the truth and that all abortion clinics are regulated isn’t a truth Planned Parenthood wants people to know.

    Learn more about Amendment 1

    Read David’s related commentary, Is Doctor Suess Writing the Ads Against Amendment 1?

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  • Stewarding Your Vote (October 15, 2014)

    Have you ever thought of voting as an act of stewardship? In Romans 13 the Apostle Paul tells us that authority comes from God.  If God is the Creator, then authority must come from him. Not surprisingly Paul also refers to those who hold God’s authority in the civil realm his “ministers.”

    But in our form of government it is not just elected officials who are vested with an authority that comes from God. Voters hold the “power of the ballot box,” an expression that gives recognition to the fact that we, too, are exercising authority and power when we vote.

    Therefore, as with all the other things we receive from God, we are called to steward our vote according to His precepts and principles. And so, with early voting now going on, make sure you steward your vote well.

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  • Vanderbilt’s Inclusivity Exposed (October 8, 2014)

    In 2012, Vanderbilt University pushed to bar all discrimination on campus, even if it meant kicking out campus Christian student clubs that didn’t allow its student leaders to engage in homosexual behavior.

    When those clubs pointed out that the University allowed fraternities and sororities to continue discriminating on the basis of sex and gender, contrary to the University’s non-discrimination policy, the University said it was operating consistent with federal law. But federal law did not require Vanderbilt to keep the sexes separate.

    Now other private universities are requiring fraternal organizations to go coed. So, Vanderbilt must now follow suit or it will look like its real objective was not prohibiting discrimination but actually discriminating against conservative Christian clubs.

    But if it does, the fraternal organizations who ignored the plight of the Christian clubs may find there’s no one to defend them.

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  • Will Churches Use Their Influence? (October 1, 2014)

    A recent Pew Research Center poll shows nearly three-quarters of the public thinks religion is losing influence in American life.

    Unfortunately the percentage of Americans who want churches and other houses of worship to express their views on social and political issues is only 49%.

    But let’s hope the church’s influence isn’t waning in Tennessee and that pastors here will speak up in the coming weeks. That’s because Tennesseans will be voting on an amendment to its state constitution that would allow the state to once again have an abortion specific informed consent law after our state Supreme Court said our law was unconstitutional.

    Without support from informed Christians, the amendment will fail and our state’s laws will continue not to protect women and the unborn. Now is the time for pastor to be an influence for life.

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  • A Threat Greater Than ISIS (September 24, 2014)

    An email calling for prayer has been circulating about the beheading of innocent children in Iraq. While the situation was overstated, many have been burdened by the fact that even one child might be beheaded. 

    But are we equally burdened by the fact that thousands of children meet an identical fate every day under the guise of reproductive rights?  And in Tennessee the situation is particularly alarming. Ever since our state Supreme Court found a ‘right to abortion’ in our state constitution in 2000, women have flocked to Tennessee to have their abortions, making our percentage of abortions for out-of-state women 3rd highest in the nation. 

    At our website learn more about how Amendment 1 on the ballot on November 4th will address our state Supreme Court’s ruling and what you can do to protect the lives of innocent children.

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  • 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.

    More On This Issue

    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.

    More On This Issue

    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.

    More On This Issue

    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. 

    More On This Issue

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

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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.