Arrest Me!

Not me: rather, J.K. Rowling, the world’s most popular novelist. I think Rowling started out as a liberal, but she isn’t crazy and she is a feminist. So she is appalled by the “trans” nonsense, and isn’t afraid to say so. Under newly-enacted law in Scotland, where she lives, that could subject her to arrest. I wrote about the insanity now prevailing in Scotland here.

JK Rowling has challenged the police to arrest her under Scotland’s new hate crime laws after making a series of posts on social media calling trans women men.

Which they are, of course. It is still legal to say that in the U.S.A.

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act took effect on Easter Monday, creating a new offence of stirring up hatred against protected characteristics including age, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation and transgender identity.

God only knows what “stirring up hatred” means. But we know what the trans activists think it means.

Rowling, who wrote the Harry Potter series, has become one of the world’s leading gender-critical activists. She highlighted well-known trans people in a thread on Twitter/X, including the broadcaster India Willoughby and the activist Munroe Bergdorf, along with convicted sex offenders.

Rowling is wonderfully transgressive.

So, is it a crime under the new Scottish law to “misgender” someone, which means referring to him or her using accurate language?

Scottish ministers previously said that “misgendering” people would not be a crime under the new legislation. However, on Monday Siobhian Brown, minister for victims and community safety, said people risked being investigated for misgendering someone online under the new law.

Asked whether misgendering someone on the internet was a crime under the new law, she told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4: “It would be a police matter for them to assess what happens. It could be reported and it could be investigated — whether or not the police would think it was criminal is up to Police Scotland.”

What a great legal system! The police get to decide what is legal and what is illegal. But I digress. Rowling nailed the problem (or one of them, anyway) with the new bill:

Rowling wrote that Scottish lawmakers had “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” by passing the bill.

The new law obviously works to the disadvantage of women, including but not limited to those who are raped by men pretending to be female despite obvious evidence to the contrary.

Rowling concluded with this:

“Freedom of speech and belief are at an end in Scotland if the accurate description of biological sex is deemed criminal. I’m currently out of the country, but 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.”

I don’t think Rowling will be arrested, although the linked London Times article says that she was “reported to Northumbria police last month for misgendering [a trans activist].” But that is only because she is rich and famous. Normal people who are less celebrated may well be harassed under the new law.

Meanwhile, one might wonder: is anyone “stirring up hatred” against J.K. Rowling? Oh yes, yes indeed. And the person stirring up hatred (not the only one, of course) is a trans activist:

Knives and axes! Happily, Ms. Rowling can afford private security. But as a woman, she is not protected under current Scottish law.

All I can say is, keep up the good work.

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