The Slow Death of Religious Liberty

The Supreme Court refused to hear a case in which the State of Washington changed its pharmacy referral rules for the sole purpose of forcing a handful of pharmacists to carry the “morning after” pill in violation of their religious and moral belief…

When Legislators Behave Badly—What Should Be Done?

Twenty-two different people have told the Attorney General that Republican State Representative Jeremy Durham engaged in various kinds of sexual innuendo and relations with them. He has suspended his campaign but has chosen not to resign. What should…

Is Optimism Eating at You, Too?

Conservative Christians have every reason to be down and pessimistic, but I need to confess something—I have this nagging sense of optimism that just won’t go away. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the reasons for the sense of gloom and doom.…

Brexit, Abortion, and the Future of Party Politics

With the rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, a political pundit recently predicted that the two major political parties would eventually realign to reflect new policy priorities among voters. As I read the prediction and as I thought about the Brexit…

Obergefell’s Anniversary Isn’t the One to Focus on

As we approach the first “anniversary” of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision on marriage on June 26, I recalled what a wise friend of mine said a couple of years ago—Christians have approached the question of marriage and its meaning…

Are Conservative Christians Fueling Terrorism?

Chattanooga City Council member Chris Anderson tried to pin the terrorist act in Orlando on local legislators and other political figures because of their support for sexual mores in line with historic American and Christian values. His assertion is like…

Look Who's the Bully Now

I read an editorial opinion this week about the decision by various organizations sympathetic to the sexual license philosophy to “boycott” Tennessee because the Legislature passed a law that allowed professional counselors to make a referral if they…

The Undoing of Title IX

Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments was passed to ensure equal opportunities in education for biological females. It has been applied in numerous contexts, from increased allocation of funds to women’s athletics to allowing women to have housing…

Will Gender Identity Go the Way of Sexual Orientation?

I have to hand it to liberals and sexual libertines—they come up with great words, and when those words develop certain connotations that may not be helpful to their cause, they change the definition. And if their word “gender identity” takes the…

It’s Not Business as Usual, Governor, and Never Really Was

President Obama’s “guidance letter” asserting the U.S. Department of Education’s view that the word “sex” in Title IX includes gender identity has caused a firestorm in Tennessee. Gov. Haslam issued a rather tepid statement on Monday to which…

The Tipping Point

In 1996 Malcolm Gladwell wrote an article called "The Tipping Point" (later a book), an analysis of how social behaviors reach a certain point and then “take off.” America is coming to a legal “tipping point” that will either restore the rule…

Making America Great Again

Eight years ago the theme “change we can believe in” helped usher Barack Obama into the White House. Will “making American great again” help usher Donald Trump into the White House? Perhaps so. But in my opinion, neither of the two major parties…