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FACT President Commends Attorney General for Lawsuit

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (May 25, 2016) – The following statement regarding the decision of Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery to join the lawsuit filed by the state of Texas and eight other states over Title IX can be attributed to FACT President David Fowler:

“Attorney General Slatery is to be applauded for taking affirmative action in response to the attempt by the Obama administration to use Title IX to tell parents that their children have to be exposed to a member of the opposite sex while in a state of undress. His office is doing exactly what it should be doing, fighting to protect the rights of parents to protect their children’s privacy and the right of our state to set its own domestic policies.

“It is particularly encouraging to see ten states joining North Carolina in suing the Obama administration for its outrageous overreach in using a mere ‘letter’ to change the law as it’s been interpreted for decades. This is the kind of unified pushback against the federal government that has been needed for years.

“With the Attorney General’s action today, the need for a special session to encourage the type of action that has been taken has been abated. Hopefully, the lawsuit will allow our state’s schools to operate in accordance with Title IX as it has always been interpreted without fear that they will be left to fend for themselves if actions against them are threatened.”

The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on marriage, families, life, and religious liberty. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values God’s design for the family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit FACTn.org.

Media Contact: Laura Bagby, Director of Communications  |  Office Phone: 615-261-1338  |  Email: laura.bagby@factn.org

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FACT President Blasts Obama’s Unconstitutional ‘Bathroom Edict’

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (May 13, 2016) – The following statement related to President Obama’s “guidance letter” regarding Title IX can be attributed to FACT President David Fowler:

“President Obama has outdone himself with his latest attempt to violate the right of parents to protect their children, violate the privacy of children, and trample on the Constitution and rule of law by pretending that a “guidance letter” can have the force of law. The thought that a “letter” from a government agency can change the meaning of the word “sex” to “gender identity” in a law passed in 1972 is repugnant to the Constitution and the concept of the rule of law. It is akin to an “edict” from a man who thinks himself a king.

“If this is allowed to go unchallenged, then mere letters from cabinet members will from now on become “law” and members of Congress, who have already been AWOL on this issue, can finally just permanently adjourn. Presidents acting like kings, with cabinet members as henchmen and members of the Supreme Court as consultants, can just rule us.

“We call on Gov. Haslam and Attorney General Slatery to advise our schools across the state that President Obama’s ‘guidance letter’ is not the law and can be disregarded or initiate a federal lawsuit to have the court declare the ‘guidance letter’ for what it is, a letter not a law. If our governor and chief law enforcement officer will not protect the Constitution and rule of law, then they are failing to discharge their constitutional duties, and members of the General Assembly and the public should take notice.”

The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on marriage, families, life, and religious liberty. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values God’s design for the family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit FACTn.org.

Media Contact: Laura Bagby, Director of Communications  |  Office Phone: 615-261-1338  |  Email: laura.bagby@factn.org

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FACT ‘Profoundly Disappointed’ That ‘Bathroom Bill’ Will Not Proceed in Legislature

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 18, 2016) – The following statement regarding House Bill 2414, the “bathroom bill,” can be attributed to FACT President David Fowler:

“We are thankful that Rep. Susan Lynn and Sen. Mike Bell brought the bill and we appreciate their efforts in past weeks in the face of consistent opposition from the governor’s office and others, but we join the thousands of parents across the state who are profoundly disappointed that at this point in the process Rep. Lynn has decided not to proceed with a bill that would have simply protected the privacy of the children they have entrusted to our public schools.

“We are grateful for the legislators who said they would take the bill from Rep. Lynn this year and continue to push it forward; however, it was not to be. We trust that one of them will do so next year. If so, we stand ready to assist, even as we have tried to do on the legislation this year.

“In the meantime, we would encourage citizens to monitor the policies of their local school systems and demand that their schools defend the privacy of students if threatened with lawsuits, as has already happened with one local school system.”

The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on marriage, families, life, and religious liberty. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values God’s design for the family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit FACTn.org.

Media Contact: Laura Bagby, Director of Communications  |  Office Phone: 615-261-1338  |  Email: laura.bagby@factn.org

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FACT President David Fowler’s Statements at the ‘Bathroom Bill’ Press Conference

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 18, 2016) – The following statement regarding the “bathroom bill” can be attributed to FACT President David Fowler:

“I speak today on behalf of the organization I represent, but I would note that I have with me letters from numerous ministers representing more than 22,000 members that were given to me in the last week with the understanding that I would present them to the Governor’s office. And I will do that in the days to come. They, too, are in support of the bill we are here to address, Senate Bill 2387/House Bill 2414, known as the so-called “bathroom bill.”

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“I would like to preface my remarks with a quote from a speech given by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Russian dissident, almost 40 years ago at Harvard University that I believe fits the occasion:

‘A decline in courage may be the most striking feature which an outside observer notices in the West in our days. The Western world has lost its civil courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, each government, each political party.’

“Courage is called for in these challenging times, and that is particularly true in connection with this legislation. When our elected officials are faced with intense criticism, false prophecies of economic gloom and doom, and naysayers, it is easy for them to become discouraged in their pursuit of that which is right and good. And it is right and good that those who are exhorted by Scripture to pray for all those in authority who may be discouraged come alongside them that they may be encouraged. That is our hope today.

“We come together today not to criticize those persons and business leaders who oppose House Bill 2414; though we disagree with their views, we cannot help but admire the few who appear to be willing to put their principles and their conscience above matters of mere economics.

“In fact, today we collectively call upon our legislators and governor to make that same kind of principled stand relative to the protection of the young people who attend our public schools and colleges when it comes to intimate settings like bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers.

“House Bill 2414 is not like the law passed in North Carolina because ours only applies to the bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers in our public schools and colleges that may be used by our young people.

“The bill simply requires that if our educational institutions have multi-person bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers they designate them male or female and that use of those multi-person facilities be limited to those of that biological sex. But the bill also allows accommodations for those who do not feel comfortable using the facility that corresponds to their biological sex while protecting the privacy of all students.

“We are also not here today to condemn those who experience a psychological tension with their biological anatomy. They deserve our compassion. But so does the prepubescent girl or young college woman who does not want to be in a state of undress in front of someone who is their biological opposite. The feelings of those young people must also be taken into account as well as the rights of parents, who entrust their children to our public institutions. Parents have a stake in the protection of their children that seems to have gotten lost in this debate. The General Assembly must not forget. The state must not undermine the rights of parents to protect their own children.

“This is not an issue the organization I represent nor these pastors wish we had to address, but because it is an issue in our state and because it is an issue for the parents that we represent, we believe we are compelled to address it; otherwise, we will not be faithful to what we believe.

“By being here today, we hope that we can lend courage to the many in our Legislature who believe that that little girl and that young woman deserve respect for their privacy and, moreover, deserve protection from those in our society who have shown that they will take advantage of the situation when public policy regarding bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers shifts from a biological understanding of sex to a psychological one. And we hope to encourage our legislators to respect the rights of the parents who care for the safety of their children when they are entrusted to our state’s temporary care.

“We urge our legislators and our governor to stand firm and to support Senate Bill 2387–House Bill 2414 and to be as willing to put principle above economics as those who are opposing this bill appear willing to do.”

RELATED VIDEOS:

What the Fourth Circuit Court Decision Means to Tennessee

FACT President David Fowler explains how the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to rewrite “sex” to mean “gender identity” in reference to the segregation of bathrooms affects Tennessee. Watch the Video

FACT President gives a more complete explanation of what the 4th Circuit ruling on Title IX that recently changed “sex” to “gender identity” means for the TN “bathroom bill,” HB 2414, and for our state. Watch the Video

Media Contact: Laura Bagby, Director of Communications  |  Office Phone: 615-261-1338  |  Email: laura.bagby@factn.org

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FACT Responds to Gov. Haslam’s Veto of the Bible Bill

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 15, 2016) – The following statement regarding the recent veto of HB 615, the Bible bill, can be attributed to FACT President David Fowler:

“Throughout the debate on House Bill 615 we have said we understand why some believe, as the governor does, that the designation of the Holy Bible as the state book ‘trivializes’ its sacred character.

“We have also said that of all the books published or used throughout the history of the State of Tennessee, the Holy Bible has played a unique role both historically and economically.

“However, we disagree with the attorney general, who did not issue his opinion on the legislation as passed, but on the original version of the bill. If the state cannot recognize its religious heritage without supposedly violating the Constitution, then our heritage will be lost and hostility toward religion will have replaced tolerance.

“Nevertheless, the Legislature has spoken and so has the governor. Now the ball is back in the Legislature’s court, and, as before, we defer to their judgment in this matter.”

The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on marriage, families, life, and religious liberty. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values God’s design for the family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit FACTn.org.

Media Contact: Laura Bagby, Director of Communications  |  Office Phone: 615-261-1338  |  Email: laura.bagby@factn.org