Police not pressing charges after JK Rowling dares them to arrest her for challenging hate speech law

Rowling hailed the decision, declaring, “I hope every woman in Scotland who wishes to speak up for the reality and importance of biological sex will be reassured by this announcement, and I trust that all women – irrespective of profile or financial means – will be treated equally under the law.”

After one commenter speculated that the local police are not prosecuting Rowling because she has massive wealth to fight such charges in court, Rowling vowed, “If they go after any woman for simply calling a man a man, I’ll repeat that woman’s words and they can charge us both at once.”

Scotland’s new hate speech law has sent shockwaves across Scotland and the entire UK. 

The Telegraph reported that former deputy leader of the Scottish National Party, Jim Sillars, launched a campaign to “resist the Hate Crime Act and campaign for its repeal.”

JK Rowling, transgender protestor

JK Rowling has spoken out numerous times on transgender people invading women’s spaces. (Getty Images)

“Today on their own admission, Police Scotland will translate itself from a service into a force for one particular purpose — the pursuit of people who speak their minds,” Sillars said. This law “inflicts a deep wound on the face of Scottish society.”

Rishi Sunak, the prime minister of the UK, commented directly on Rowling’s challenge to the Scottish Police, declaring, “We should not be criminalizing people saying common sense things about biological sex, clearly that isn’t right” and that “We have a proud tradition of free speech.”

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