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Ruth Inst. Outraged by Australian Drag Queens’ Suit Prohibiting Criticism

Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., said a lawsuit by two Australian Drag Queens, “shows just how far the Sexual Revolution will go to silence dissent.”

The “performers” are suing Christian leader Lyle Shelton (former managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby) over his blog posts about the picketing of a Drag Queen Story Hour at the Brisbane Library. Shelton referred to the duo as “dangerous role models.”

Morse observed: “Now these men who dress as women claim their professional careers have been damaged, and they suffered emotional harm. They’re demanding $20,000 in damages, an apology, and removal of the postings. They also want Shelton permanently enjoined from making such comments in the future – in effect, gagging him for life.


Lawfare has increasingly become the favorite tactic of the Sexual Revolution,” Morse said. “Finding a compliant court to embrace even the most outrageous cause of action is easier than arguing their case in the court of public opinion or duking it out in the legislative arena. Instead of a debate, they want to punish speech. They’ll use any excuse to involve their critics in expensive and protracted litigation. Even if the cause of action is implausible, they hope they can force family advocates to amass huge legal bills to defend themselves, in anticipation of an out-of-court settlement.”

Morse drew parallels between this Australian case and the American case of pro-life investigative journalist David Daleiden. Last year, a California jury ordered Daleiden and others to pay $1.5 million in damages for exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby body parts.

“Across the English-speaking world, the Sexual Revolutionaries seem to be playing from the same playbook,” Morse remarked. “Planned Parenthood never denied the illegal transactions. They simply alleged that Daleiden had invaded their privacy and caused them substantial harm. Every time someone like Lyle Shelton or David Daleiden loses, the rights of all of us are in jeopardy.”

See Morse’s interview with Daleiden’s attorney, Paul Jonna, here.


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