Melinda Tankard Reist suing a femblogger for calling her a Baptist?

johnboy 15 January 2012 31

Skidbladnir has sent me in an interesting disturbance in the force surrounding Canberra’s very own beloved of women-who-like-to-listen-to-the-ABC-and-be-mortified-by-isolated-anecdotes, Melinda Tankard Reist.

It started with an SMH profile piece on the former staffer to Senator Brian Harradine also known as the woman who wants take all your porn away (as well as tell you how to raise your children, and that if you’re having an abortion it has to be as painfull as possible, no RU486 for you).

This prompted the No Place For Sheep Blog to claim that MTR (who’s got time for double barrelled names?) is a Baptist and that her beliefs being pushed onto wider society are driven by the pretty narrow teachings of the Baptist church.

Harmless enough one would think.

Baptists are largely unobjectionable unless you’ve seen them in large quantities in the American South where they can make it hard to get a drink.

But it appears that hasn’t stopped MTR from lawyering up:

Just got home to find a letter from the lawyers of Melinda Tankard Reist demanding I withdraw all my posts about her or very bad things will ensue.

This is pretty amusing when you read some of the things MTR writes about those she does not approve of.

She’s going to have to sue a few more blogs than just mine, because I’m not the only one who’s written that she’s a Baptist, and attends Belconnen Baptist Church. It’s well in the public domain.

And how bizarre it is that someone who is a devout Christian is so cagey about her faith and her practice? Why not be open about her religious faith? Christians usually are. What does she have to hide?

At least I know now why Rachel Hills didn’t ask those questions, or if she asked the questions, didn’t publish any answers!

“Write about my religious beliefs and I’ll sue you!” Now that’s novel.

Interestingly the Google Cache for MTR’s facebook page has this to say:

Tankard Reist has links with Australia’s Right to Life Association. and Endeavour Forum, which promotes the claim that induced abortion causes breast cancer. For instance, Tankard Reist was invited to speak at EF’s July 1997 public meeting, an event reported in the Endeavour Forum newsletter of that month on pages 1 and 12, in which the self-styled feminist is described as “Mrs” Tankard Reist. She attends the Belconnen Baptist Church, Canberra.

But the current page makes no such mention.

MTR’s Wikipedia revision history is a fascinating document. But the reference to her attendance at Belconnen Baptist Church appears to have been removed on 12 December 2011

Any response by Ms Tankard Reist will be published in full.

[Note: RiotACT has no knowledge of whether Ms Tankard Reist is in fact a Baptist or not]

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31 Responses to Melinda Tankard Reist suing a femblogger for calling her a Baptist?
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Mr Waffle Mr Waffle 10:47 pm 18 Jan 12

So I suppose branding her a Reptoid is out of the question, then?

Cantoangel Cantoangel 6:11 pm 18 Jan 12

You know, MTR is an Indian brand of ready to eat meals…..

fgzk fgzk 9:58 am 17 Jan 12

No MTR on the list. Not a Baptist then.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Baptists

Chop71 Chop71 9:45 am 17 Jan 12

As much as I would love to stir the pot…. I really can’t be bothered.

Now is that because i’m getting old or that she’s not worth it.

Probably both.

p1 p1 9:08 am 17 Jan 12

johnboy said :

Chop71 said :

Hey JB,

You’re not that special ………. she has a others.

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/antiporn-activist-threatens-to-sue-blogger-over-religion-claims-20120116-1q39d.html

never claimed to be special.

it is interesting they’re now claiming it’s the claims of duplicitousness they’re going to sue for, not the religious affiliations.

Is she claiming that her religion specifically does not colour her politics?

    johnboy johnboy 9:11 am 17 Jan 12

    At the moment my reading is she’s just claiming being defamed.

johnboy johnboy 9:05 am 17 Jan 12

Chop71 said :

Hey JB,

You’re not that special ………. she has a others.

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/antiporn-activist-threatens-to-sue-blogger-over-religion-claims-20120116-1q39d.html

never claimed to be special.

it is interesting they’re now claiming it’s the claims of duplicitousness they’re going to sue for, not the religious affiliations.

Dilandach Dilandach 7:32 am 17 Jan 12

Pandy said :

She is one hot muma!!!!

Is she available?

Just make sure you’ve got a shield polished up to be mirror like before you enter her lair.

Pandy Pandy 11:25 pm 16 Jan 12

She is one hot muma!!!!

Is she available?

Mr Evil Mr Evil 9:05 pm 16 Jan 12

DUB said :

Sorry, Melinda, I think that a shopping trip to one of sex shops for a new toy may help.:)

Who needs a sex toy when you’ve got a large crucifix or a baptism candle!

I do sometimes wonder if God is embarrassed by the people who proclaim they are doing what they’re doing because God told them to do it…….

Anyway, the thing that frightens me the most about this woman is that I actually find her more annoying than Catherine Deveny!

DUB DUB 12:23 pm 16 Jan 12

Sorry, Melinda, I think that a shopping trip to one of sex shops for a new toy may help.:)

p1 p1 11:33 am 16 Jan 12

fgzk said :

Described as an “anti sexualisation” campaigner this morning on national TV, she claimed that most womens first sexual experience is characterised by “drunkenness and force”. To me that would characterise most of the mens sexual contribution as drunk rapists.

Most of the lesbiens are also drunk rapists presumably. Although I imagine she thinks that is just a phase they are going through…

fgzk fgzk 11:04 am 16 Jan 12

Described as an “anti sexualisation” campaigner this morning on national TV, she claimed that most womens first sexual experience is characterised by “drunkenness and force”. To me that would characterise most of the mens sexual contribution as drunk rapists. What ever that means, she seemed to be saying that this discussion about virginity shouldn’t be taking place in the public arena.

http://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/-/watch/27889940/bbc-slammed-for-teen-virginity-show/

Shinigami_Josh Shinigami_Josh 11:21 pm 15 Jan 12

someone with decent writing/editing skills; should just go to the library sit on the computer and readd all the information that was removed on the 12/12/11

The Antichrist The Antichrist 11:00 pm 15 Jan 12

Dilandach said :

I’ve found that people like herself force and expect a high level of moral behaviour from society as a whole out of some twisted guilt about not being able to obtain the same level of morality themselves. If they save everyone else then maybe they can save themselves.

so very true – and not only that, she is also able to deliver ‘freedom’ to her sisters ! Freedom that is somehow found by following everything I tell you to do ! Liberate yourself girls, just do everything I tell you – and you will find freedom !! oh yeah…….. chicks like MTR are funny, because you cannot take them seriously. Imagine a world without video clips like Mambo #5 or Simply Irresistable ??

johnboy said :

I did wonder as I wrote this; if we stacked up the number of people hurt by permissive sexuality against the number hurt by religious fundamentalism where would the bigger pile of bodies be found?

No contest – Far more people die from being f#$ked over by religion, than simply being f#$cked.

🙂

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:07 pm 15 Jan 12

At this point (and without being sued, apparently) I can’t give a better summary of MRT’s history here, courtesy of the relatively sane Dr Leslie Cannold, nor can I give a better position on legal aspects than Skepticlawyer.
She’s certainly getting the various ethics lecturer circles fired up, though…

In any case, defamation cases are always fun to watch, and sometimes they need more than just an audience and spectators.
(Just watch your words when commenting, since lawyers or Ms HRT may be lurking and looking to sue bloggers. I’ll see if I can cobble together something more coherent and non-defamatory tomorrow…)

LSWCHP LSWCHP 8:13 pm 15 Jan 12

Jeez, Barnaby and Melinda (I’m on first name terms with both of them) go really well together in the “incoherent, imprecise, confused, poorly argued rambling” stakes.

And while I’m here, the one thing that really s***s me about Q&A is the way they allow panelists like Melinda (and lots of others) to plant their stooges in the audience in order to woodenly read such lame-brained Dorothy Dix questions.

“…what could only be described as whoreish…etc” reads the imbecile at the start, and later on Melinda invites the stooge to join her silly organisation. As if they’ve never met each other! As if they didn’t have the whole thing prearranged! How stupid do they think we are?

MWF MWF 7:32 pm 15 Jan 12

“Tankard Reist is the founding director of Women’s Forum Australia” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melinda_Tankard_Reist

LOL! Australian Women’s Forum anyone remember that magazie?

“The female answer to Penthouse magazine Australian Womens Forum is calling it a day because of a massive drop in circulation. But its editor says fewer women are buying the magazine, not because they’ve lost their appetite for its menu of sex and titillation, but because there’s not enough of it.” http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/stories/s315489.htm

Should’ve done their research before using THAT name!

creative_canberran creative_canberran 4:09 pm 15 Jan 12

She’s a fraud, someone who masks a moral crusade under the guise of feminism. A lot of women realise this and reject her views.

At the same time I know a few (who claim to be) on the far left who for some reason adore her despite her conservatism.

It’s not entirely surprising, a recent article from the Socialist Alternative said that debt in Europe and natural disasters were golden opportunities for members to get the message out, to mask it within larger events. It’s an old trick, attach your message that many would reject on it’s own to something that sounds on the surface more palatable.

In MTR’s case, it’s feminism and anti-misogeny. What she really want’s to do is impose her own conception of what makes a moral and virtuous woman, a very conservative conception. Women though are smart enough to see this so she hides it as freeing women and empowering them. Of course that’s not the case when you’re substituting one social norm for another.

It’s because of this she gets tripped up so easily. She recently spoke out against a Kanye West song. (A song I must say I though was nasty). Problem is she used it as evidence the music industry are misogynists… except the song was co-written, performed and the video starred Nicki Minaj… a woman.

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