JK Rowling and I could be locked up by Scotland’s anti-free-speech mob

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Scotland has gone from William Wallace fighting for 'freedom' to J.K. Rowling. The 'Harry Potter' author is defending the ability to speak her mind despite new hate speech laws.

Comedy. Culture. Art. Literature. The great Scottish enlightenment. A historic role in the Reformation of the Church. All attributes listed on tourist brochures of Scotland. But as from this week, Scotland’s new law will crack down on the free speech that enabled all of this to flourish in the land in which William Wallace fought for 'freedom.

From William Wallace to John Knox, to J. K. Rowling – the Scottish narrative has always been defined and shaped by those who challenge the dominant orthodoxies of the day. We’ve known this a long while. In 1697, the last man in Scotland was condemned to death for 'blasphemy.' Thomas Aitkenhead, a 20-year-old student, was hanged for expressing disbelief in the miracles of the gospels. Blasphemy laws were a blight on civilized society.

 

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