J.K. Rowling shuts down an Islamophobic tweet
It's only logical that prolific writer and wizard enthusiast J.K. Rowling would be fairly good at Twitter. But where she would usually have thousands of words to play with, here she has only 140 characters. Yet she has managed to master the medium and bring some level-headedness to the largely unregulated world of internet thought-sharing.
Rowling isn't afraid to let her political views be known, and her dislike of Donald Trump and his policies is fairly common knowledge. In fact, only this month, Rowling shut down Tomi Lahren on the topic of Trump's policies compared to Obama's.
However, the latest perpetrator is a man called Rutger Ulbrecht. Rutger is an angry
young man whose Twitter is replete with racism and bigotry. It's the kind of stuff that I'd rather not put here, but a lot of it revolves around Muslims. However, unlike a lot of racists, Rutger isn't ignorant to his own stupidity - and even seems to accept that his tweets are low quality.
But the tweet in question isn't about Twitter's, Trump's or even Obama's policies. Rutger thought he would educate the internet on the purported pork policies of British mosques.
In the classic say-it-with-enough-confidence-and-people-will-believe-it sort of way, Rutger boldly stated that in Britain the rape of an 11-year-old will incur a lesser penalty than leaving a bacon sandwich outside the Muslim place of worship. Needless to say, Rowling had the perfect response.
While Rutger's statement does have a certain grounding in fact, the chain seems to have broken and he has drifted far into the realm of fantasy. When it comes to pork and Islam, its consumption is prohibited. However, as can be seen from this verse from the Quran, it's not quite as strict as one might have thought. If a muslim needs to eat pork out of necessity, for example, God will be forgiving.
"He has made it unlawful for you, that which dies of itself, the blood and the flesh of the swine and that on which the name of any other than God has been invoked. But he who is driven by necessity, being neither disobedient nor exceeding the limit, then surely, God is Most Forgiving, Merciful."
While my lawyer friend is unavailable to advise at the moment, it doesn't take an expert to know that leaving a sandwich outside a mosque isn't going to incur a jail sentence, let alone a sentence comparable to that which the rape of a child would incur. Plainly, it's a ridiculous thing to have said and as is often the way on the internet, others got involved to highlight just how ridiculous it was.
Moiz Jafferji pointed out how little it would upset anyone in real life
Meanwhile, this young lady felt quite the same
Nora took the argument to its logical conclusion
And then came some alternative facts about Britain...
So here's to J.K. Rowling. While she may spend much of her time in a fantasy world of spells and wizards, she's more than happy to assist when someone finds themselves living in a fantasy world of racism and hate.