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In our blog, read about the political and cultural issues affecting Tennesseans written from a conservative perspective. Commentaries are typically written by David Fowler, an attorney who served in the Tennessee state Senate for 12 years before joining FACT as President.

Alabama's Judge Roy Moore

Is Alabama’s Senate Race a Harbinger of Things to Come?

It seems to me that our country is becoming increasingly chaotic, violent, and fractured. I think I’m finally beginning to grasp what, at root, is happening, and if I’m right, I think the electoral plight of one politician may give us some insight…
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What Makes the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act a Good Law?

I found very interesting some of the arguments made by members of the U.S. House of Representative in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Those arguments reminded me of a debate I had on Amendment 1, the pro-life amendment on the ballot…
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Diagnosing the Las Vegas Massacre

Twenty-four years ago, I was diagnosed with a physical malady with which I would live the rest of my life. I couldn’t help but think about that as I read about the shooting earlier this week in Las Vegas and some of the reactions to it. Diagnosing…
Mitch McConnell, Steve Bannon, and Roy Moore

My Open Letters to Mitch McConnell, Steve Bannon, and Roy Moore

This week was the culmination of the Republican primary war between Sen. Mitch McConnell and former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, which former Trump advisor Steve Bannon publicly jumped into during the last several days. I hope you’ll find…
stack of books against a chalkboard, map of U.S. with words "We the people," and the TN Capitol

Constitution Day, Gubernatorial Candidates, and Public Education

September 17th was Constitution Day, commemorating that same date in 1787 when a majority of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention approved the draft of the U.S. Constitution they sent to Congress for consideration. As I read the results of a…
the devastation that a hurricane can do

Hurricane Stories Help Us Identify Our Worldview

Like most Americans, I’ve been keeping up with the hurricanes that have recently wrought so much destruction to the shores of Texas and Florida. And I have found three hurricane-related news stories particularly interesting because they have approached…
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DACA, 'Dreamers,' and My Dream

This week President Trump began the process of winding down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) that was instituted by President Obama by executive order. The program prevented the deportation of those adults who are not here legally…
Nashville Statement

Will You Affirm or Deny the Nashville Statement?

This week a group of evangelical heavyweights met in Nashville and released a document called the “Nashville Statement.” It speaks to the issues of human sexuality rooted in the psalmist’s declaration that it is God “who has made us, and not we…
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Jennifer Beals, Karl Marx, and Monuments

With all the controversy now swirling over monuments of those who fought on behalf of the Confederate States of America, I found a comment this week by actress Jennifer Beals worth pondering. Rarely do I find anything coming out of Hollywood worth repeating,…
Statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville’s Chaos Provided the Reminder I Needed

As I read about the violence that took place in Charlottesville last Saturday, I thought about both what I needed to say in this commentary and what I could say that might constructively add to what has already been said by other concerned commentators.…
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Tennessee Conservatives Better Connect the Dots

The 2018 election cycle is going to be interesting because of the number of incumbents in the Tennessee Legislature who will not be running for reelection. Most of them are Republicans, and mostly likely there will be primaries. What do I predict? My…
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Is Liberty Becoming a Scary Idea?

In the course of a recent radio interview about religious liberty, the interviewer stated that his numerous interviews with different people about that subject suggested that our society is becoming increasingly factionalized and that each faction is…