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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, on two stations in the Tri-Cities, and on WNKJ based in Kentucky.

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How Do Politics and Religion Mix in Tennessee?

Tennessee’s General Assembly has been roiled in controversy for two weeks over publicly disclosed sexually explicit text messages between House Speaker Glen Casada and his Chief of Staff a couple of years ago.

The Speaker’s initial response was to pass them off as “locker room talk.” But then Democrats called for his resignation as Speaker, and now the Republican caucus plans to meet to discuss what to do.

In response to these actions, the Speaker listed certain institutional steps he would take to avoid such “missteps” in the future. But were his thoughts “missteps” that can be corrected by implementing institutional changes? And, for Christian caucus members, is “locker room” talk a sufficient justification for believing he is not the same person today as he was then?

Stay tuned: We’ll soon see how politics and religion mix in Tennessee.


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Protect Children or Corporate Profits?

Last week, the Tennessee House overwhelming passed a bill that would allow the state to pay the cost of a local school district having to defend a lawsuit brought by legal organizations such as the ACLU because the district had chosen to protect a student’s bodily privacy by designating use of common locker room facilities based on the biology of its students, not their gender identity.

But in the Senate, Speaker Randy McNally worked with the bill’s opponents to put it off until next year.

Now, why would Speaker McNally put off protecting local schools that respect the bodily privacy of boys and girls? Let’s hope it wasn’t because of pressure from the Tennessee Titans, Amazon, and other corporate giants who said it would hurt their businesses. Because neither our values nor our children should be for sale.


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Is There a ‘Dignity Clause’ in the Constitution?

Last week three individuals sued the governor because Tennessee does not allow them to change their birth certificate from male to female now that they have figured out which one they want to be.

But most telling is this assertion in the complaint, “Tennessee’s Birth Certificate Policy . . . violates the United States Constitution’s guarantees of equal dignity.”

When did dignity become something protected by the Constitution? The answer? In 2015, when the Supreme Court, in Obergefell v. Hodges, said same-sex couples desiring to marry had a right to “equal dignity in the eyes of the law.”

But the most tragic thing of all is to believe that dignity comes from the law, not from having been made in the image of God.


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A Tennessee Legislator’s Oath of Office

Tennessee’s state legislators, upon taking office, take an oath not to assent to anything “which shall appear to me injurious to the people, or . . . that shall have a tendency to lessen or abridge their rights and privileges, as declared by the Constitution of this state.”

However, their vote is often tinged with a desire to curry favor with or avoid the wrath of the Speaker of their House; but there is no oath of fealty to their Speaker’s wishes.

More importantly, a true Christian legislator’s overarching loyalty must be to the Lord Jesus Christ, or else he or she denies Him as Lord.

When Christian legislators allow their conscience before the Lord to inform their decisions, not their standing before their Speaker, the citizen’s constitutionally guaranteed rights and privileges are best protected.


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Who Is Really Worthy of Power in America?

Easter may not seem like a good time to think about the political positioning that is already taking place between Republicans and Democrats and potential presidential candidates in anticipation of next year’s election cycle. But Easter actually puts these political tussles over power into a right perspective.

In the heavenly worship service recorded in Revelation, we are told that the twenty-four elders cast their crowns before the Throne and cried out, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou has created all things and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Wouldn’t it be great if our politicians were willing, in deep humility, to acknowledge that God alone is really worthy of power and offer the crowns of power they seek to Him for Him to use for our country’s good?


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Sixth Circuit Provides Hope for Heartbeat Bill

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit upheld Kentucky’s ultrasound law. This is important given the Tennessee Legislature’s debate over the constitutionality of a fetal heartbeat abortion bill.

First, the court used the words “unborn child” or “unborn life” a total of 30 times in its opinion, a recognition that abortion takes the life of a child. But more importantly, it cited approvingly another circuit court decision affirming that abortion “terminate[s] the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.

Given that this is the court to which any decision involving Tennessee’s heartbeat bill would be appealed, now is the time for Tennessee’s Legislature to assert an unborn human being’s right to life as one of the unenumerated but inalienable rights protected by the too-long forgotten Fifth and Ninth Amendments to our Constitution.


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Pro-Life Legislators Need to Stop Fighting

Tennessee’s pro-life legislators are fighting over which of two pro-life bills to pass. One, known as the “trigger bill,” would limit abortion except in cases involving the life of the mother, but only if Roe v. Wade is reversed. The other, the fetal heartbeat bill, prohibits abortions once a heartbeat is detected.

Some legislators believe the trigger bill is too passive. Others believe the heartbeat bill is too aggressive and the state will waste money trying to defend it.

But what is wrong with Tennessee spending a million dollars out of a $38.5 billion budget in an effort to bring about Roe v. Wade’s demise?

Since defeating Roe is an uphill climb, passing the trigger bill as a backup hurts nothing.

We think legislators should put aside this either-or perspective and pass both bills.

 

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Preventing Discrimination Against Chicken Sandwiches

Last week the City of San Antonio refused to let Chick-fil-A lease space at its airport because of its disdain for the charitable causes Chick-fil-A supports. While that is unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination, Chick-fil-A will most likely turn the other cheek and not sue.

But, on the bright side, last week Tennessee Representative Jason Zachary led his state House colleagues in passing a bill that would prevent cities from discriminating against a business because it had not voluntarily made sexual orientation or gender identity a protected status under its personnel policies. The bill also prevents cities from discriminating against businesses that do not include abortion coverage under their group health insurance plan.

While all acts of prejudice against Christian-owned businesses can’t be stopped, this is a good start. The Senate will begin to consider the bill next week.

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Government Transparency and the Attorney General

Senate Joint Resolution 1, a proposed amendment to Tennessee’s Constitution regarding the state’s attorney general, has received little public attention, probably because so few Tennesseans realize how influential that office is. For example, state judges give his legal arguments great weight, legislators use his opinions to kill proposed legislation, and defense of our state’s sovereignty against the federal government often depends on him.

But that lack of realization exists for a reason. Under Tennessee’s Constitution, the unelected justices on Tennessee’s Supreme Court appoint the attorney general. And their votes are even cast in private.

Under the proposed amendment, justices would only nominate the attorney general, and they would have to vote publicly. Then, a majority of the legislature would have to confirm the nomination.

You can learn more about the resolution on our website’s bill tracking page.

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Will the ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Die in Court?

Last week Tennessee’s House of Representatives passed what is known as a fetal heartbeat bill and sent it to the state Senate for consideration. What is not known is that the bill looked nothing like the bills being proposed in other states.

The other states have recognized that fetal heartbeat legislation will be subjected to tough treatment in the federal courts, so they have put into their bills whereas clauses to justify and explain the approach they are taking and why the U.S. Supreme Court should consider their legislation differently from other failed attempts at fetal heartbeat legislation.

Inexplicably, Tennessee’s representatives decided no explanations and justifications were needed. Unfortunately, having ignored the collective wisdom of sister states as to what’s needed to challenge long-standing Supreme Court precedent, the heartbeat bill, if passed, is likely to die in court.

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