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JK Rowling attacks Murdoch for tweet blaming all Muslims for Charlie Hebdo deaths

JK Rowling attacks Murdoch for tweet blaming all Muslims for Charlie Hebdo deaths

JK Rowling attacks Murdoch for tweet blaming all Muslims for Charlie Hebdo deaths







Peaceful Muslims are no more responsible for terror than I am for Murdoch, says Harry Potter author







JK Rowling

JK Rowling responded to Rupert Murdoch's tweet following the Charlie Hebdo killings. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP



JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, has condemned and mocked the tweet from Rupert Murdoch which insisted that even peaceful Muslims must bear responsibilities for jihadi attacks.


“I was born Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I’ll auto-excommunicate,” she tweeted on Sunday.





The News Corp boss’s tweet on Saturday morning said that “maybe most
Moslems” were peaceful but all must be held responsible “until they
recognise and destroy their growing jihadist cancer”.






It was promptly retweeted more than 4,000 times, and marked as a
“favourite” by more than 2,000 people. It also attracted much criticism
on Twitter, which increased when Murdoch followed it up with a tweet attacking political correctness.






He tweeted: “Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines
to Africa to Europe to US. Political correctness makes for denial and
hypocrisy.”





In response, Rowling sarcastically offered to take responsibility for
the atrocities of the Spanish Inquisition: “The Spanish Inquisition was
my fault, as is all Christian fundamentalist violence.” She added: “Oh,
and Jim Bakker” – a reference to the American televangelist, whose New
Year message included bitter attacks on “these people” (Muslims) and
claims that God had revealed to him that the US military will never win another war, as a result of the US backing abortion, secularisation, and breaking the Ten Commandments.





In follow-up tweets, Rowling cited a recent study suggesting that eight times as many Muslims as non-Muslims had died in terrorist attacks.
She also praised “the courage and compassionate actions” of Lassana
Bathily, the Muslim employee of the kosher supermarket that was the
target of the second siege in Paris, who hid Jewish customers from the
gunman by leading them to a basement chiller room.



His actions, she wrote, “remind us of what ‘humanity’ ought to mean”.




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