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J K Rowling – A Tale of Three Letters

J K Rowling has done it again.  She has responded to her enemies with grace, style and intelligence on Twitter.   How dare she?!  Doesn’t she know that that is not what Twitter is for?!   She even spends a great deal of time tweeting about pictures that children have sent her.  My admiration for her just keeps growing – as does the vile, vitriolic, misogynistic abuse she receives.

Rowling has also, along with 150 academics and writers signed this letter in Harper.  It’s an important letter signifying a clear change in our cultural zeitgeist.   And again it has received  a predictable outcry with one staff member in Harpers complaining it should not have been published because it ‘hurt’ them – thus ironically proving their point!.    (I have added the full text of the letter at the end of this blog).

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CNN and others piled in on her for this tweet rightly comparing ‘transitioning to conversion therapy…

“Many, myself included, believe we are watching a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people, who are being set on a lifelong path of medicalization that may result in the loss of their fertility and/or full sexual function.”

The Courier in Dundee has had two lengthy letters from Perth Pride – attacking J K Rowling and once again seeking to intimidate and indoctrinate.   I waited for people to respond – especially the Church of Scotland to which she belongs – but unless I missed it – there was silence.  It’s amazing how they can speak on behalf of the EU…the Trans movement and many other Woke causes – but not a word in defence of one of their most famous members….

Perth’s Pride, Perth’s Shame

I wrote a response to the Courier which they published in an edited form.  I attach that and the original letter I sent – it’s always interesting to see how one’s letters are edited!  It says a great deal both about the writer and the editor….

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Dear Editor,

The lengthy Perthshire Pride Committee letter (July 4th) is all too typical of the constant propaganda that is being bumped out, sadly not only in our media, but also to our children in schools. Perhaps you should ask J K Rowling just how much her opinion is ‘respected’? The level of abuse she gets for simply stating that men cannot become women is profoundly disturbing. Feminists like J K Rowling and Joanna Cherry are aware of the mysogny and harm that the extremist Transgender lobby can do.

It only makes sense to say that men can become women if you ignore science and accept the unscientific ideology of gender identity theory which argues that gender is just a social construct. It is perfectly reasonable to ask that women’s spaces in refuges, prisons and changing rooms be protected. The statement ‘everyone deserves to be treated with respect for who they are’ presupposes that people know who they are. Take the case of the woman who claims she is a cat…and others who claim transpecies status – should society agree with this self-designation?

Those who suffer from Gender Identity Disorder (GID) need help and support. But that does not mean that the Trans ideology should be accepted and promoted as truth when it does so much harm. I can point you to people in Scotland who have ‘detransitioned’ and have been severely damaged by the experience. They have also received significant abuse and threats. Perhaps one day newspapers will tell the other side of this tragic story?

Yours etc

JK Rowling and the Deathly Hallows of the Culture Wars -CT

The Harper Letter – signed by Rowling and others

Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial. Powerful protests for racial and social justice are leading to overdue demands for police reform, along with wider calls for greater equality and inclusion across our society, not least in higher education, journalism, philanthropy, and the arts. But this needed reckoning has also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity. As we applaud the first development, we also raise our voices against the second. The forces of illiberalism are gaining strength throughout the world and have a powerful ally in Donald Trump, who represents a real threat to democracy. But resistance must not be allowed to harden into its own brand of dogma or coercion—which right-wing demagogues are already exploiting. The democratic inclusion we want can be achieved only if we speak out against the intolerant climate that has set in on all sides.

The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted. While we have come to expect this on the radical right, censoriousness is also spreading more widely in our culture: an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty. We uphold the value of robust and even caustic counter-speech from all quarters. But it is now all too common to hear calls for swift and severe retribution in response to perceived transgressions of speech and thought. More troubling still, institutional leaders, in a spirit of panicked damage control, are delivering hasty and disproportionate punishments instead of considered reforms. Editors are fired for running controversial pieces; books are withdrawn for alleged inauthenticity; journalists are barred from writing on certain topics; professors are investigated for quoting works of literature in class; a researcher is fired for circulating a peer-reviewed academic study; and the heads of organizations are ousted for what are sometimes just clumsy mistakes. Whatever the arguments around each particular incident, the result has been to steadily narrow the boundaries of what can be said without the threat of reprisal. We are already paying the price in greater risk aversion among writers, artists, and journalists who fear for their livelihoods if they depart from the consensus, or even lack sufficient zeal in agreement.

This stifling atmosphere will ultimately harm the most vital causes of our time. The restriction of debate, whether by a repressive government or an intolerant society, invariably hurts those who lack power and makes everyone less capable of democratic participation. The way to defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument, and persuasion, not by trying to silence or wish them away. We refuse any false choice between justice and freedom, which cannot exist without each other. As writers we need a culture that leaves us room for experimentation, risk taking, and even mistakes. We need to preserve the possibility of good-faith disagreement without dire professional consequences. If we won’t defend the very thing on which our work depends, we shouldn’t expect the public or the state to defend it for us.

A.S.K – 5 – – Harry Potter

 

6 comments

  1. Have you read the Sunday Times interview with the new Arch Bishop of York, due to be “enthroned” (Zoom) on Thursday 8th, Stephen Cottrell? Read it and weep.

    The new ABY is as woke as you can get, with all the woke “equality & diversity” jargon, and a rejection of biblical sexuality in favour of the current liberal zeitgeist. However he wants “people with strongly traditional views ………. to be part of the church”, as opposed to those who reject the fundamental doctrines of the church which have been held for 2000 years. (Those with strong traditional views pay his salary).

    I write this because Judeo-Christian teachings have been the dominant bulwark in the preservation of free speech and debate for generations.

    JKR and her supporters are right, but once the pillars of democratic discussion have been pulled down, then what is left to challenge the hordes of SJW wokes who want to destroy anything which stands in their way.

    Lord have mercy.

    1. Didn’t read the article, but have subsequently read that he said Jesus was black.
      That seems to be reverting to liberation theology and at the same time being hand wringing up- to- the -minute woke, offending Jews, even secular Jews.
      It certainly bears no relation to Jesus of history.
      It has been explained by some defending Cotterel that it was a metaphor. If so, it was a figure of speech playing to the gallery, the moment: woke indeed.
      But for those who don’t recognise it as a metaphor, or have difficulty in identify what it is a metaphor for, it could be little more than a misrepresentation of Jesus and an underlying message the excludes other demographics rather than the Gospel being for every tongue, tribe and nation.
      An opportunity missed.

  2. Thank you for pressing on with publicising jk Dowling’s courage in speaking truthfully about our situation. I thank God for her gift with words and her insight into where we all need to stand for good-hearted debate , discussion and yes! Disagreement. We need to learn anew respect and agree to disagree. Let’s pray her voice is influential.

  3. It’s an interesting world we live in considering fifteen to twenty years ago it was Christians who were largely trying to ‘cancel’ JK Rowling for popularizing ‘witchcraft’. I remember having a lot of friends banned by their parents from reading her books.

    Is that relevant? I think it is because it helps to demonstrate that ‘cancel culture’ is nothing new and that Christian organizations and churches have been engaging in it for decades if not centuries. What has changed though is the power to ‘cancel’ something has largely shifted from the previous sources of power to the masses through social media.

    I don’t think this ‘cancelling’ is a good thing by any means but I can’t help think that the pundits, political and religious leaders who decry it are mourning their own loss of the power to control the cultural zeitgeist rather than ‘cancel culture’ itself.

  4. “A new kind of conversion therapy”. JK Rowling showing how she is so good with words!

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