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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.

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‘Touchy-Feely’ Christianity in the Public Square

Conservatives, including myself, are often flummoxed by the fact that liberals do not find their logical, rational arguments persuasive. But a statement by a conservative politician about religion and a new “gender identity” law helped me better understand…
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Can the Tide of Civil Unrest Be Stopped?

Wednesday U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise was shot for being a Republican. The previous day, a liberal, white college professor reported that he still felt physically unsafe on campus, because he opposed “A Day of Absence” event that asked white people to…
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What I Want in a Governor

The 2018 race for governor is taking off, with four declared candidates and another two or three looking to join the race in another month or two, so it’s not surprising that I got a call from a friend asking me about the names that are circulating…
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A Good Tennessee Marriage Court Ruling Provides Ray of Hope

I got an email from a lawyer friend this week in which he said, “I have become so jaded that I expect nothing good out of courts.” I didn’t realize how much I had begun to share his sentiment until I received a ruling from a Tennessee judge this…
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Lesbians’ ‘Fake Liberty’ Threatens True Liberty

We hear a lot these days about “fake news,” but what about “fake liberty?” That’s exactly the kind of liberty four lesbian couples asserted in a lawsuit they recently filed against the state of Tennessee. On May 7th, the lesbian couples filed…
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Why Miss USA Made Some People So Angry

When I read of the flap over the comment Kara McCullough, the newly crowned Miss USA, made that health care was not a right, I couldn’t help but think of a conversation I had a few years back with my now 86-year-old dad. It helped put the question of…

Nature Isn’t Natural Anymore

A new law stating that words used in Tennessee’s statutes should be given their “natural and ordinary meaning” provoked a firestorm of controversy by the proponents of same-sex marriage. It appears that the word “natural” in the legislation…
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Christian Judge Ignores Wormwood’s Advice

The Screwtape Letters begins with Screwtape, an experienced demon, giving his demon nephew Wormwood advice on how to keep a person from becoming a Christian. Screwtape’s first bit of advice is this: Don’t allow the discussion of Christianity to be…
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Can Our Form of Government Continue to Work?

I heard from a number of “new” RINOs after last week’s commentary, and they, like me, are increasingly frustrated with the direction of our government. This week I’d like to suggest something more radical than a mere change in the function of…
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Am I a RINO?

As I’ve watched Republicans over the last few years, I have developed an uneasy feeling that I am becoming a RINO, a term which, to the political novice, means “Republican In Name Only.” That may shock my conservative friends, but you may be a RINO,…
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Will the Legislature Finally Bite Back?

There is supposed to be a balance of powers between the three branches of state government. But that balance is out of whack, tilted in favor of the supposed “least dangerous branch”—the judiciary. The proverbial tail, in this case the judiciary,…
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The Little Guys in the House Are a ‘Gas’ to Watch

I don’t usually comment on Tennessee political issues that are outside the focus of the organization for which I work, but what is going on with the gas tax is just too interesting to let slide. To appreciate what’s going on, you need to understand…