J.K. Rowling Shatters Rupert Murdoch's Anti-Muslim Bigotry With One Exquisite Tweet

J.K. Rowling Shatters Rupert Murdoch’s Anti-Muslim Bigotry With One Exquisite Tweet

J.K. Rowling took on media mogul Rupert Murdoch over his anti-Muslim bigotry. And she did it with one tweet.

On Friday, Murdoch blamed all Muslims for the terror attacks last week in Paris with this outrageous message:

A few minutes later, he further aggravated the situation with a second appalling tweet:

As might be expected, his words inflamed passions on Twitter from both sides of the controversy. The Harry Potter author delivered a fatal blow to his pronouncements in the wee hours of Sunday morning. She turned Murdoch’s logic on its head with this perfect response:

While it would be hard to imagine a more effective comeback than that, she didn’t stop there. She added this:

The author had been admonished after her first Murdoch tweet for giving ‘a verdict without proper investigation’ by one Twitter user who also advised that ‘Islam is Anti Humanity.’ Rowling wasn’t having any part of that nonsense. She quickly posted a link to a study showing that Al Quaida kills eight times as many Muslims as non-Muslims.

Murdoch has not responded to Rowling’s challenges directly. On Sunday afternoon, however, after over 3,000,000 people turned out for unity marches in Paris and elsewhere across France, he offered a token acknowledgement that, perhaps, not all Muslims are guilty of terrorism.

Ahmed Merabet was the first police officer on the scene of the attack at the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.  He was wounded and then killed in cold blood by two terrorists as he lay in the street. His brother, Malek Merabet, made a brief speech to the people of France on Sunday, reminding them of a perspective that Murdoch desperately needs. After addressing his brother’s good character and pride in being a policeman, Malek said:

“I address myself now to all the racists, Islamophobes and antisemites. One must not confuse extremists with Muslims. Mad people have neither colour or religion … don’t tar everybody with the same brush, don’t burn mosques – or synagogues. You are attacking people. It won’t bring our dead back and it won’t appease the families.”

Murdoch attacked an entire people with his words, tarring them with ‘the same brush.’ It would be lovely to believe he has rethought his ill-considered words, but given Murdoch’s ‘character’ — or lack thereof — there isn’t much likelihood of that. Fortunately, there are people like J.K. Rowling and Malek Merabet who have the courage to call out such blatant bigotry.

Feature photo courtesy of Wikicommons.

Deborah Montesano is a writer and political activist, who has just been freed from decades of wandering in the Arizona desert. She is now stunned to find herself actually living in progressive heaven — Portland, Oregon. READ MORE BY DEBORAH.

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