A call for Melinda Tankard Reist to drop legal action
We call on Melinda Tankard Reist to stop her current legal action against No Place for Sheep blogger, Dr Jennifer Wilson. As a public figure, we feel it is important for Melinda Tankard Reist to be completely upfront about her religious background and connections, so that people can fully understand how she has come to her publicly stated conclusions.
We feel that Melinda Tankard Reist, in having her lawyers threaten defamation proceedings against Jennifer Wilson, demanding an apology and withdrawing material, as well as having Jennifer pay for Melinda's legal expenses, is trying to stifle open and frank debate on the internet, as well as Jennifer Wilson's right to free speech.
If Melinda Tankard Reist truly has the courage of her convictions and her faith, she would engage in meaningful debate with Jennifer Wilson, rather than attempting to silence her through legal actions, which are completely disproportionate to any offence Jennifer Wilson may have caused.
You can read Jennifer's original blog here:
Read the Sydney Morning Herald's coverage: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/all-of-a-twitter-as-legal-threat-to-blogger-adds-spice-to-the-public-battle-20120117-1q4r5.html
Read an opinion piece from the Herald Sun supporting Jennifer Wilson: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/unholy-row-for-feminism-high-ground/story-e6frfhqf-1226246796771