Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Hmm …

… Pro-LGBT JK Rowling not backing down after offending trans activists | News | LifeSite.

On December 19, Rowling tweeted in defense of Forstater, calling for general respect and deference toward “transgender” individuals while drawing the line at “forc[ing] women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real”…

See also: A Matter of Truth. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
… the question is not whether Rowling and Gervais are right, though most people would think that they are right, albeit that they would also increasingly fear to acknowledge it in public (a mark of creeping totalitarianism, incidentally). The question is, rather, whether they had the right to say what they did as part of the normal give and take of public debate. The reaction to what they said—the veteran feminist, Germain Greer, was another object of such aggressive recrimination for having said something similar—suggests that pressure groups’ attachment to freedom of speech is very weak. They prefer issuing fatwas.
It is free speech we must stand up for, not approved speech.

1 comment:

  1. Theodore Dalrymple on A Matter of Truth
    On Ricky Gervais, J. K. Rowling, and speaking frankly