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JK Rowling dares cops to arrest her for misgendering trans people after new woke hate crime law

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Her next book could be “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Trans-kaban.”

JK Rowling is daring police in her native Scotland to arrest her for misgendering transgender people after a new woke hate crime law took effect Monday.

“Freedom of speech and belief are at an end in Scotland if the accurate description of biological sex is deemed criminal,” she wrote on X.

“I’m currently out of the country, but if what I’ve written here qualifies as an offense under the terms of the new act, I look forward to being arrested when I return to the birthplace of the Scottish Enlightenment.”

Scotland’s Community Safety Minister Siobhian Brown told the Telegraph on Monday that Rowling’s remarks could be reported to police and investigated.

“Whether or not the police would think it was criminal is up to Police Scotland for that,” she said.


JK Rowling could be arrested for misgendering trans women under a new hate crime law in Scotland. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Scotland’s hate crime law went into effect on Monday. It bans hatred on the basis of age, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation and transgender identity.

Critics have said the law is overly broad and could curtail free speech.

By passing the Hate Crime and Public Order Act, Rowling said politicians “placed a 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.

“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, honors and opportunities being taken by trans-identified men and the reality of immutability of biological sex,” she continued.

Scotland, a country of 5.45 million, is part of the United Kingdom, but has its own laws and police force.

Rowling was born in England, but has called Scotland home for most of her life. She has become politically active there over the years.

Rowling is not alone in her criticism.

Jim Sillars, the former deputy leader of the Scottish National Party, has even launched a campaign to “resist the Hate Crime Act and campaign for its repeal,” according to the Telegraph.

He said it “inflicts a deep wound on the face of Scottish society.”

“Today on their own admission, Police Scotland will translate itself from a service into a force for one particular purpose — the pursuit of people who speak their minds,” he said in a statement.

“How has Scotland, the seat of the Enlightenment, come to this?”

But Police Scotland Chief Constable Jo Farrell said the police would apply the act “in a measured way,” according to The Scotsman.

She added there would be “close scrutiny” of how the legislation is being enforced, and what reports the police are receiving.

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