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Billions Shaved Off of Gillette’s Profits

Proctor & Gamble’s Gillette brand of shavers for men began featuring commercials bashing men for their “toxic masculinity” as a new marketing angle in an attempt to appeal to millennials.

Even though Gillette CEO Gary Coombe acknowledged that the campaign backfired, the company then quickly jumped on the LGBT bandwagon by showcasing a “transgender boy” (a biological girl) being taught how to shave by her dad in a Father’s Day ad.

This prompted conservative groups like One Million Moms to reach out to their conservative base to boycott the company. Many attribute the boycott for the $8 billion non-cash write-down Gillette reported in the second quarter report of its parent company, Proctor & Gamble. The company’s liberal stance on the issues of marriage, life, education, and religious liberty is reflected in its score from 2ndVote of 1.7, on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the most liberal.

Instead of admitting that its political ideology might have been largely to blame for the asset devaluation, CFO Jon Moeller is blaming a cultural trend toward facial hair as the culprit: “Lower shaving frequency has reduced the size of the developed blades and razors market.”

While Gillette may still be shrugging off the loss and claiming that boycotts really don’t work, former Walmart CEO Bill Simon says it does not take much to affect a company’s bottom line. “It doesn’t take a lot of people to stop buying product or to stop going to a retailer or a restaurant . . . for [companies] to notice, because a couple of percentage points is win or lose for a company,” he says.

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Tennessee Baptists Show Support for Life

In anticipation of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on the “fetal heartbeat” bill set for August 12 and 13, the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board is circulating an “I Stand for Life” petition that is garnering signatures from Baptists across the state who believe life begins at conception and abortion is wrong. Currently, more than 4,200 have signed the petition.

About this new initiative, TBMB President & Executive Director Randy C. Davis says, “We want to let this committee—and the full legislature when it reconvenes—know that Tennessee Baptists stand for life and that we want laws in our state that protect the lives of precious unborn babies.”

FACT certainly applauds efforts like this in the Body of Christ to broadcast the pro-life message to both our state legislature and our culture.

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Funeral Home at Center of Sex and Gender Identity Lawsuit

Tom Rost’s five-generation funeral home in Detroit will be in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court when it hears oral arguments in his appeal from a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, which ruled that discrimination in the workplace on the basis of “sex” as used in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 included “gender identity.”

The controversy arose when Anthony Stephens, a long-time employee of R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, who now identifies as a woman, sought to dress accordingly in violation of the company’s sex-specific dress code, which he had adhered to for six years. Rost ultimately fired Stephens out of consideration of the needs of grieving families and also that of an older female employee who would have had to share a restroom with him.

Even though the policy was consistent with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission standards, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against the funeral home alleging workplace discrimination.

Alliance Defending Freedom will argue Tom’s case at the U.S. Supreme Court, which is set for October 8.

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Women’s Rights Groups Point Out Unfair Advantage of ‘Transgender’ Athletes

Women’s rights groups are urging their respective Olympic committees to stop male athletes who have “transitioned” to “female” athletes from participating in women’s sports. The demand comes after “transgender” Laurel Hubbard won two gold medals and a silver medal in three of the women’s heavyweight categories. Under standards established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2015, Hubbard could be eligible to compete in next year’s Olympics in Tokyo, although each country may establish its own standards.

Ani O’Brien, who represents one such women’s rights groups, the New Zealand-based lobby group “Speak Up For Women,” said, “Kiwis (New Zealanders) know that males competing in women’s sport is blatantly unfair.”

Supporting that position is a new study from the Journal of Medical Ethics that concluded, “the advantage to transwomen afforded by the IOC guidelines is an intolerable unfairness.”

While the IOC allows only those “transwomen” who have only a small, specified level of testosterone in their bodies to participate, the study shows that there is much more to being biologically male than one hormone. “Hormone therapy will not alter bone structure, lung volume, or heart size of the transwoman athlete . . . so natural advantages, including joint articulation, stroke volume, and maximal oxygen uptake, will be maintained,” the study noted.

Even USA Powerlifting, which does not allow “transwomen” to compete against females, agrees with the new study, stating, “Men naturally have a larger bone structure, higher bone density, stronger connective tissue, and higher muscle density than women. These traits, even with reduced levels of testosterone, do not go away.”

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Sexton Wins Nomination for TN House Speaker

The Tennessee House Republican Caucus met Wednesday morning and chose Rep. Cameron Sexton as their nominee for Speaker to replace current Speaker Glen Casada, who will resign on August 2.

On the fourth round of ballots, Sexton garnered 41 votes out of the 70 Republican members present. Caucus rules provided that the candidate receiving the fewest votes would be eliminated from the next round until one candidate received a majority of the votes. We congratulate Rep. Sexton on his nomination.

On Friday, August 23, the full House will gather as part of a special session called by Gov. Lee to elect a new Speaker. Because the Republicans hold a super majority in the House, Sexton is virtually assured of being elected.

Speaker Pro Tempore Bill Dunn will handle the duties of Speaker until that time.

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