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J.K. Rowling Dares Scottish Police To Arrest Her For Breaking Law That Makes It A ‘Hate Crime’ To Call A Man A Man

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The famed author of the Harry Potter series dared Scottish authorities to arrest her after a new vague “hate crime” law went into effect on Monday.

In a lengthy post on X, J.K. Rowling published a series of stories about biological men who identify as women engaged in sexual criminal activity or holding female roles at lead institutions and female sports leagues.

“In passing the Scottish Hate Crime Act, Scottish lawmakers seem to have placed higher value on the feelings of men performing their idea of femaleness, however misogynistically or opportunistically, than on the rights and freedoms of actual women and girls,” Rowling wrote.

The new law, enacted in 2021 and implemented Monday, criminalizes acts “stirring up hatred.” Perpetrators under the law can be convicted if found to behave “in a manner that a reasonable person would consider to be threatening, abusive or insulting.” Local police are given broad discretion to enforce the law, with apparent victims given deference to press charges. Those convicted may face a fine and up to 7 years in prison. Rowling taunted authorities to enforce the law as written Monday with her online posts routinely condemned by leftists as “hate speech.”

Two years ago, for example, the U.K. Parliament rejected a petition to make “deliberately misgendering” someone a “hate crime” on the basis that “The act of deliberately mis-gendering someone is already a hate crime.”

Rowling warned the new Scottish hate crime law is ripe for abuse:

The new legislation is wide open to abuse by activists who wish to silence those of us speaking out about the dangers of eliminating women’s and girls’ single-sex spaces, the nonsense made of crime data if violent and sexual assaults committed by men are recorded as female crimes, the grotesque unfairness of allowing males to compete in female sports, the injustice of women’s jobs, honours and opportunities being taken by trans-identified men, and the reality and immutability of biological sex.

Rowling said she is “currently out of the country” but added, “If what I’ve written here qualifies as an offence under the terms of the new act, I look forward to being arrested when I return to the birthplace of the Scottish Enlightenment.”

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is backing Rowling’s stand.

“We should not be criminalising people saying common sense things about biological sex, clearly that isn’t right,” Sunak said, according to the BBC.

Far-left activists have attacked Rowling for years over the author’s public condemnations of the transgender movement erasing women’s spaces, particularly in sports.

“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased,” she wrote in 2020. “I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”

For this, Rowling was criticized by Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, two stars of the Harry Potter film series.

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Rowling, however, refused to capitulate under the cancellation campaign and has remained defiant against death threats.

“To be fair, when you can’t get a woman sacked, arrested or dropped by her publisher, and cancelling her only made her book sales go up, there’s really only one place to go,” Rowling wrote in 2021.

Now, Rowling is at the center of a standoff for free speech by challenging Scottish authorities to enforce the dystopian new hate crime law.


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