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UK prime minister defends JK Rowling after Scotland criminalizes ‘stirring up hatred’



United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak defended writer J.K. Rowling after she dared Scottish police to arrest her under Scotland’s new hate crime laws.

The “Harry Potter” author went on a lengthy social media rant over Scotland’s new Hate Crime Act, a measure which took effect April 1. The rule outlaws “stirring up hatred” and makes it a criminal offense to act in a way that “a reasonable person would consider to be threatening, abusive or insulting.”

Rowling, an outspoken critic of transgender ideology, challenged the rule and dared local authorities to arrest her.

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 wrote.

The author concluded, writing “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.”

In an interview with Sky News, U.K. Prime Minister Sunak responded to the bold challenge by backing Rowling.

We should not be criminalizing people saying common sense thing about biological sex,” Sunak said. “Clearly that isn’t right. We have a proud tradition of free speech.”

“These are the wrong set of priorities for the country,” Sunak added.

Sunak has made similar clams in the past, noting at the U.K.’s annual Conservative Party Conference in 2023 that “we shouldn’t get bullied into believing that people can be any sex they want to be.”

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