The thought police are increasing their reach around the world.
And efforts to ban free speech are growing even in nations once considered bastions of freedom.
That’s why JK Rowling is now saying she’ll “happily” go to jail if this becomes a crime in the U.K.
World-renowned author J.K. Rowling recently mocked compelled speech and said she is willing to do prison time if denying reality is the alternative.
Making “misgendering” a hate crime
The outspoken author of the bestselling Harry Potter series has frequently entered the public arena, especially when it has to do with freedom of speech.
Rowling is a well-known left-wing women’s rights activist and has blasted the encroachment on women’s rights by men who live their lives as if they were women.
She most recently commented on the news that the U.K.’s opposition party, the Labour Party, wants to force compelled speech if they are elected into power.
The Labour Party has now revealed that it would criminalize the act of not referring to people by their preferred gender identities.
These laws would make “misgendering” a hate crime and upgrade such charges to “aggravated offenses.”
The Labour Party also wants to strengthen sentencing guidelines for what it claims are abuse and violence against transgender people.
If this change is made, alleged transphobic comments would be equated with assault and harassment hate crimes, resulting in up to two years in prison.
A simple “No” will do
Not surprisingly, Rowling is having none of the possible new laws.
Rowling recently posted a photo from the U.K.’s Ministry of Justice that read “Repeat After Us: Trans Women Are Women.”
“No,” Rowling simply wrote in response to the post on X.
Another user replied to the image by saying, “Vote Labour, get two years!”
That’s when Rowling revealed how far she was willing to go to defend free speech.
“I’ll happily do two years if the alternative is compelled speech and forced denial of the reality and importance of sex,” the author replied. “Bring on the court case, I say. It’ll be more fun than I’ve ever had on a red carpet.”
I’ll happily do two years if the alternative is compelled speech and forced denial of the reality and importance of sex. Bring on the court case, I say. It’ll be more fun than I’ve ever had on a red carpet.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 17, 2023
Rowling has run afoul of the radical transgender movement for years.
In June 2023, Rowling defended Elon Musk’s decision to classify the made-up term “cisgender” as a slur on X.
“‘Cis’ is ideological language, signifying belief in the unfalsifiable concept of gender identity. You have a perfect right to believe in unprovable essences that may or may not match the sexed body, but the rest of us have a right to disagree and to refuse to adopt your jargon,” Rowling tweeted.
Rowling’s outspoken defense of freedom of speech and science has caused an uproar in the radical LGBTQ transgender world.
She has received calls to censor her, having her books burned, and even death threats.
But so far, Rowling has stayed true to her principles and has made it clear she won’t be backing down anytime soon.
And that includes even if that means jail time for speaking the truth.
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