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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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Needed: A ‘New Birth of Freedom’ That Will Scare the Left and Christians Alike

Though out of town last week during our observation of Independence Day, I couldn’t help but ruminate on Abraham Lincoln’s assertion as he surveyed the blood-covered fields of Gettysburg that we were a nation “conceived in liberty” and urged upon…
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Is the Stare Decisis Really the Obstacle to Reversing Roe v. Wade?

Two United States Supreme Court decisions from last week bode well for the possibility the abortion precedents of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey could be overturned. They underscore why I believe a well-drawn and supported “fetal heartbeat…
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The TN Democratic Party Exposes Religious Liberty Gibberish

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Last week I said that a religious liberty that means religious neutrality is impossible. And this week the chair of Tennessee’s Democratic Party proved me right. The proof came in the form of a letter from the party’s chair, Mary Mancini, to the…
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Is the Demise of Today’s Version of Religious Liberty Needed?

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Barronelle Stutzman is a florist in Richland, Wash., who is alleged to have violated that state’s law prohibiting her from refusing services to persons based on their sexual orientation. This week, the Washington Supreme Court upheld the judgments of…
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Coming to the Rec Center Swimming Pool Near You

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On February 15, 2019, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that gives a clear picture of the constitutionally required degeneracy that lies ahead if two U.S. Supreme Court decisions from the past are not dealt with soon and decisively.…
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Will Tennessee’s Legislature Make the Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Mistake Alabama Made?

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If Alabama’s new law abolishing the issuance of marriage licenses was intended to circumvent the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision regarding marriage, its Legislature utterly failed. Five years ago, some of Tennessee’s House members…
Who will be the next TN House Speaker?
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Picking the Next House Speaker

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With the impending resignation of state Representative Glen Casada as Speaker, the question turns to “Who’s next?” As someone who has either served in the legislature or observed it from up close for 25 years, unless some particular things and attitudes…
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Will the House Republican Caucus Avoid Riding the Moral High Horse on Monday?

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As I continue to contemplate on the one hand the lascivious nature of the texts exchanged between the House Speaker and his Chief of Staff two years ago and accompanying issues of racism in the state House and, on the other hand, the moral outrage expressed…
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Casada, Cothren, Politicians, and Christians

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Earlier this year God broke and humbled me in a deeper and more profound way than ever before, yet it was deeply and profoundly life giving, too. As a result, the events of this week surrounding Tennessee’s House of Representatives, its Speaker, and…
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Tennessee Lawsuit Relies on the U.S. Constitution’s New ‘Dignity Clause’

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Last week three individuals sued Governor Lee and his Commissioner of Health in federal court because Tennessee law does not allow individuals to change their sex on their birth certificate once they have figured out the “sex” with which they want…

Past Blogposts

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Was Kavanaugh the End or Beginning of a Revolution?

As I watched video of people banging on the doors to the U.S. Supreme Court chambers while Justice Kavanaugh was being sworn in last Saturday, I couldn’t help but wonder, am I witnessing the end of the first American revolution or the beginning of a new one? Over the last few years, I’ve heard talk […]

Judge Kavanaugh with daughters, photo of wedding, and photo of a baby

Is Abortion Really THE Issue Regarding Kavanaugh’s Confirmation?

Over the last few weeks we’ve learned that Democrats fear and conservatives hope that Brett Kavanaugh, if confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, will provide a fifth vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, prevent a president (Trump, in particular) from being indicted while in office, and limit the deference that courts have been giving to […]

July 9, 2018 - President Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Weighty Issues Associated With Judging Kavanaugh

Being a “public figure” who has had to leave my home with my family because of escalating threats that ended with a death, emails using every profanity and expression of ill will I could conceive, and lampooning by cartoon editorialists who think they know me but don’t, my heart broke as I observed yesterday’s Senate […]

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Did Feinstein Cast the Stone That Strikes the Match?

I never was very good at using a stone flint to start a fire, but by casting a “stone” at Brett Kavanaugh, Senator Feinstein may have thrown the flint that starts the fire that burns down what’s left of our Republic. As I watched the unfolding of the events last week surrounding the accusation that […]

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What Will Next Week’s Constitution Day Celebrate?

September 17th is a special day, designated by Congress as Constitution Day. It’s the date, when, in 1787, following a speech by Benjamin Franklin, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention endorsed and submitted our Constitution to the Congress of the Confederation. It was then the crowning achievement in the art of civil government, but perhaps […]

Brett Kavanaugh, the U.S. flag, and the U.S. Supreme Court building

Is America Still ‘the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave’?

The antics associated with misnomered “hearings” on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court demonstrate why the last line of our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” might more accurately refer to America as the ‘land of the un-free, because we’re home of the uncourageous.’ We Are Not Free When Governed by a […]

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Will Tennessee’s Attorney General Lead the U.S. Supreme Court Showdown?

This week, Tennessee’s attorney general, Herbert Slatery, joined the attorney generals in 15 other states in filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. As I read the brief, I wanted both to cheer and spit nails. I hope these words will serve the salutary purpose of having Attorney General […]

‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ More Than Make-Believe

The latest educational fad arrived in Clarksville, Tennessee, last week. It’s “Drag Queen Story Hour.” Before it comes to your public library or the public school attended by your child or grandchild, you better understand what’s so insidious about this movement. Thankfully, there is a way to address this. “Drag Queen Story Hour” or, in […]

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Will the Next Governor Challenge the Prevailing Myth?

As I was writing a brief last week for the Tennessee Supreme Court, I couldn’t believe some of what I said as my thoughts flowed through the keyboard and onto the page. What I wrote exposes a great myth held by a majority within our society, and I suspect the next governor will have to […]

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‘Pharisaical’ Politics on the Left and the Right?

I was recently asked a question in the context of a discussion about various LGBT policy issues that was so different from the others. It had to do with Pharisees. Am I a Pharisee? The question actually came in the form of a text from a pastor who supports some or all of the policy […]