Rowling’s Books Burned or Banned Around the World Over Her Personal Views Of Gender

In Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore told the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”  Many are learning the truth of that line written by famed author JK Rowling as self-described progressives burn her books or ban them from shelves because she personally holds an opposing view of gender.  Much like the boycott movement of Chick-Fil-A over comments by its CEO, people are seeking to punish Rowling through attacks on her literature.  We previously discussed the embracing of art destruction as analogous to book burning, but now actual book burning is being embraced as a weapon of the woke.

A TikTok series show people around the world burning copies of Rowlings’ books. In one video of a burning pile of books by TikTok user @elmcdo, a voice is heard saying

“You have to stop using ‘death of the author’ as an excuse to have your cake and eat it too. While the reader’s perspective is an important part of interpretation and meaning, it is impossible to completely divorce a work from its creator. The positive impact that J.K. Rowling’s work had on millions of readers does not negate how her hateful lobbying has affected the trans community.”

That sums up the logic of every book burner in history.  You cannot read a book because of the views or religion or identity of the author.  It is better to burn the book to protect society.

Then there is Rabble Books and Games in Maylands, Perth. The owner owner Nat Latter proudly declared on Facebook that he had removed all fo the Harry Potter books from bookshelves to guarantee “a safer space for our community.” So you can buy a Rowlings book by having it retrieved from behind the back room like pornography.  It is a form of censoring by making it more difficult to buy some books rather than others because you disfavor authors with opposing views. Latter seems to relish the role of a book censoring book seller:

“Whilst stocking a book isn’t an endorsement (good grief, that would be a minefield), and we will always take orders for books that aren’t in stock, there are more worthy books to put on the shelf, books that don’t harm communities and won’t make us sad to unpack them.”

Does Latter also hide works with opposing views on gender from the Bible to the Koran to classic novels?  Indeed, why not pull all of the work of authors like Hemingway and others for their views of women or race relations or other issues? Book sellers used to be people who wants to be gateways to knowledge and a world of different ideas and values. Now readers are being protected from even seeing the name of an author who personally holds opposing or offensive views.
What is most disturbing is not the flawed rhetoric of these individuals in justifying book burning and speech regulation but the relative silence from communities as a whole. We have seen increasing pressure to regulate art based on the identity or gender of artists.  Authors often hold unpopular views from society as a whole. Many are deeply religious or hold narrow views of certain social institutions or rights. These views are often not reflected in their art or writings. Indeed, Rowlings is viewed as extremely liberal but holds a narrow view of gender.  We can debate her on those views and denounce those that we find hateful or intolerant. However, burning or banning or hiding books (or destroying art) is the ultimate attack on free speech. It is the signature of oppression from the China’s Qin Dynasty to the Nazis to Southern segregationists. Saying that you are different because you are acting in defense of others is a transparently weak rationalization. Declaring intolerance in the name of tolerance captures the very illogic of book burning.
Thankfully, this remains a small minority of activists but there is a more pronounced anti-free speech movement growing in this and other countries
These actions only prove again what Albus Dumbledore said (and J.K. Rowlings wrote): “Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.”

274 thoughts on “Rowling’s Books Burned or Banned Around the World Over Her Personal Views Of Gender”

    1. Trump, in his speech yesterday, said “You have good genes, you know that, right? You have good genes. A lot of it is about the genes, isn’t it, don’t you believe? The racehorse theory. You think we’re so different? You have good genes in Minnesota.”

      Steve Silberman’s response: “As a historian who has written about the Holocaust, I’ll say bluntly: This is indistinguishable from the Nazi rhetoric that led to Jews, disabled people, LGBTQ, Romani and others being exterminated. This is America 2020. This is where the GOP has taken us.”

      On Rosh Hashanah, Trump was telling white people that they have good genes. He has retweeted white supremacists. The Trump campaign has knowingly accepting donations from racists like the neo-Nazi Morris Gulett.

      But you think “These leftist are modern Nazis”?

      1. How embarrassing for you to have to quote a man that apparently has TDS. Doubly embarrassing for you not to understand what Trump said and the Nazi theories on race. You do know the Nazi’s admired the democrats and looked favorably at the eugenic movement in the US.

        1. Trump supporters are the ones w/ TDS.
          Doubly embarrassing for YOU not to understand what Trump said and the Nazi theories on race.

          1. If you could mix fact with your ignorant replies that would be meaningful, but you can’t. The slave states were predominantly democrat and post slavery the democrats were the ones to reject civil rights laws. They delved into eugenics to determine who was black.

            The NAZI’s were impressed with those you hold such affection for and discussed the one drop theory which you probably don’t understand. In any event some of the NAZI’s thought the theory too harsh. This in no way detracts from the evilness of the NAZI regime rather demonstrates how we have to be careful because such evilness resides in people that are too ignorant to understand the difference between good and evil. You seem to have that problem.

              1. Both you and the twitter statement are grasping at straws conflating different issues and taking things out of context.

                Dinesh D’Souza easily replied “Unable to prove the Dixiecrats became Republicans @KevinMKruse and his sidekicks have shifted to claiming they were “conservative.” This is a distortion that slyly exploits an ambiguity in the meaning of the term”

                Once again one needs a bit more intellect than you possess in order to understand the intracacies of the discussion. Take note the democrats involved didn’t switch parties (maybe one did but I wonder about the circumstances). Kruse can’t handle that fact and neither can you. You count posts and probably figure the one with the most post wins the debate. That is not true. The one that has the more intelligent argument wins the debate so by default you have to lose.

                Intelligence Trumps stupidity.

                1. If you were so lazy, Allan, and you read the exchanges between Kruse and D’Souza and commentary by other actual historians on those exchanges, you’d know that Kruse is the one who has the more intelligent argument and brought the goods and wins the debate. Kruse’s intelligence and historical data trump D’Souza’s stupidity and dishonesty.
                  https://twitter.com/kevinmkruse/status/1143171055722348545 (a thread, and there are also other exchanges between them)

                  1. “If you were so lazy, Allan, and you read the exchanges between Kruse and D’Souza and commentary ”
                    Don’t be lazy. Since you think you are smarter than door knob dumb let us skip directly to the meat. Start naming all those Senators and House members that changed their parties.

                    1. “Dixiecrats” doesn’t only refer to Senators and House members, and I’m not going to spoon-feed you, even when you ask for it.

                    2. ““Dixiecrats” doesn’t only refer to Senators and House members , and I’m not going to spoon-feed you, even when you ask for it.”

                      When you talk about spoon-feeding get your mommy and have help you. Take note of your comment “Those Dixiecrats who embraced eugenics became Republicans.”. Then take note of what you referenced. It demonstrates your lack of comprehension along with your stupidity. Nothing in your citations discussed eugenics. As I have said many times there is a disconnect in your brain between the subject matter and the research. Your comprehension stinks.

                      Additionally the Senators and House members in great measure reflect the population. Start telling us which Democrat Senators and House members changed to the Republican Party. If you can’t take the first step and answer the question with don’t bother telling us how you can spoon-feed anyone since it is proof you can’t feed yourself.

              2. Mind numbingly dumb aNonny . . . Dixicrats were still holding China Joe’s hand in the 70s . . . the Kugle Byrd, Hillary’s Mentor, and the rest of the Gang were against Busing!
                Only one to change parties was Strom Thurmond . . .
                What changed the voting patterns in the South was Migration from the Rust Belt by Conservatives. Also southerners who understood that the racist Demokkkrats were garbage voted Repub.
                Guys like Alabama’s Sessions put the KKK out of business with legal suits and charges.

                You are like China Joe and make up your own history . . . were you one of the 200 million that Joe said died?

              3. Demonization and re-writing history: the myth of the “Southern Strategy”. According to the lying liberal left, this is when the Republicans recruited the racist southerners. Actual history?

                1963: Civil Rights passed. Republicans are given credit for passing it by the NAACP. The NAACP even gave an award to Everett Dirksen, Republican Senator, for leading the vote that passed Civil Rights.

                The southerners knew exactly who passed the Civil Rights Act. And it was NOT their party. And, it was certainly NOT their representatives. If race was the issue, southerners would NEVER vote for the Carpet Baggers (they still called Republicans that in South in the 1960s) who passed the Civil Rights Act. But, race was not the issue.

                By the late 60s, though, something else was MUCH bigger than civil rights: the Viet Nam war. Democrats were — proudly — spitting on soldiers returning from the war. And, Democrat politicians were doing the same in words.

                Southerners dominate the US military. You can check the stats for any time period. In today’s army, the top 10 states represented? 8 are southern states.

                By the late 60s and early 70s, Southerners began to think that maybe they would prefer to vote for a party that represented America and American soldiers.

                There was NO appeal to racism. None. The ONLY appeal to racism has been by the Democrats ever since.

                Demonization and re-writing history. That is your Democrat party. The party of hate.

              4. ha ha Democrats are postmodernists like Gramsci who reject good and evil. Mayor Pete’s daddy was literally an eminent professorial chronicler of Gramsci’s work.

                bad news Democrats, postmodernism has crept into the Republican party too. As Nietzsche said, be careful when you look into the abyss

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzWSJG93P8

                do you think your petty moralism will stop anyone with nerve and strength? save it for scared kindergartners.

      2. Yes, the leftists are modern Nazis. Who are the current Storm Troops destroying cities while the police back off? Leftists, Democrats, socialists and Marxists.

        1. The protests against police brutality and racism are nothing like Kristallnacht under Hitler.

          The Sturmabteilung and and Hitler Youth destroyed synagogues, Jewish cemeteries, and thousands of Jewish shops, ransacked Jewish homes, murdered hundreds of Jews, and arrested tens of thousands of Jewish men and sent them to concentration camps. Those were the acts of those in power.

          1. Those were the acts of the j*w hating fascists. Do you remember their Allies in Jerusalem man?
            The Muzzzies were on board with the fascists . . . just like they are today with the Demokkkrats.

            In Hitler’s time, antisemitism in particular, as well as racism in general, already had a long history on the Left. August Bebel was the founder of Germany’s Social Democratic party (mainstream Leftists) and his best-known saying is that antisemitism is der Sozialismus des bloeden Mannes (usually translated as “the socialism of fools”) — which implicitly recognized the antisemitism then prevalent on the Left. And Lenin himself alluded to the same phenomenon in saying that “it is not the Jews who are the enemies of the working people” but “the capitalists of all countries.” For more on the socialist roots of antisemitism see Tyler Cowen’s detailed survey under the heading “The Socialist Roots of Modern Anti-Semitism”

            Perhaps you didn’t know . . . both Mussolini & Hitler was great fans of the US Progressives . . . Woodrow Wilson & FDR, some say the first fascists!
            Hitler even gleened parts of the “New Deal” for anti-race legislation . . . History sucks eh man . . .

        2. Though anonymous may not note it (wouldn’t be surprising) hate against Jews and Jewish institutions is on the rise. Anti-Semitism is on the rise in the democrat party as well.

      3. Lots of folks have good genes my idiot friend . . . you are aware the every gene has all 9 race characteristics on the planet!

        To take genes and try an play it into a Progressive fascist diatribe is patently insane . . . but being of weak mind like China Joe . . . you just keep babbling!

  1. BIDEN BRAIN CRASH–

    In a speech Biden said that a total of 200 million will be dead from Covid, probably by the end of this speech. There are only 31 million cases in the world since it began.

    It borders on cruelty to drag this man stuffed with straw in front of cameras.

    1. In Trump’s speech yesterday, he called himself Donald Prump and said he’d give himself a D for his pandemic response.

      1. Scientific American ceased to be a reliable source some years ago. That is particularly the case with anything that touches on political correctness.

    1. Immaterial!

      Irrelevant!

      Whatever it is, it is a mortal defect; terminally defective.

      No entity is viable if it does not self-replicate.

      The only thing that matters is procreation.

      If one can’t accomplish that, one will simply vanish.

      What’s the point of not existing?

      Of course, there is no point.

      It is less than zero; less value than nothing.

  2. She was all for cancel culture as long as she was the one doing the canceling. Her story should serve as an admonition that you can’t make a deal with the Devil and win.

  3. Yes, I am sure Rowling is concerned, as she sits in her secure estate and checks her bank account. She doesn’t have to write another line for publication, her genius books (up there with Tolkein) will survive for generations no matter how many they burn today.

    1. Generations? That’s it? Dang. Everyone’s a critic.

      Funny thing, I’m not aware of any ill-received opinions issued by the Tate-La Bianca victims and look what they got; for nothing even slightly awkward.

      Life’s a gamble. Rowling will be fine, me thinks, and need be concerned but with maintenance of her current security arrangements like all other significant “haves.”

  4. Well, my BEST PUN/QUIP EVAH (An Orgone Conclusion???) Irish Poem earlier in this thread went over everybody’s head sooo I guess I will try again, this time with an easier subject. And yes, you pronounce her name as “rolling.””

    Rowling Stoned???
    An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

    There once was a writer named Rowling,
    Who found that the “Woke” were controlling –
    The display of her tomes,
    Like fell little gnomes!
    I wonder what the Weasly Clock is tolling???

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  5. Another reason to vote against the democrat cover story of the progressives really regressives. They are living in the dark ages even before The Enlightenment and are still gettinig that and Plato wrong.

    1. Telling, the perfect Trump routine, accuse others of what you are guilty. Book burning and the like belong to the conservatives, righties, fascists, etc. Remember the good old days of Republican censorship? What hypocrisy.

      1. The only scumbags burning books are socialists , fascists and communists. And guess what…they are all branches of the same left nutter bearing tree. You don’t see capitolists burning books… hell no ! , they sell them , no matter what the subject matter. But oh dear lord let one of the leftistisms of socialism/fasism/communism take issue with the any books and it’s burn it down …klill the author yadda yadda yadda. Same old lame control the information and direct the narrative as they wish…freedoms be damned. Some toads here calls Nazis fascists…and they are…same toads refuse to call socialists and communists fascists..YET THEY ARE. Remember Nazis were national socialists…socialists are just for uber control , and communists are socialists. Not a wee bit of difference except for the flag they way . Same bullsh*t talk , same bullsh*t walk … SAME OPPRESSION of freedoms …they hate truth !.

      2. “As socialists, we are opponents of the Jews, because we see in the Hebrews the incarnation of capitalism, of the misuse of the nation’s goods.” – Joseph Goebbels

        “What does Christianity mean today? National Socialism is a religion. All we lack is a religious genius capable of uprooting outmoded religious practices and putting new ones in their place. We lack traditions and ritual. One day soon National Socialism will be the religion of all Germans. My Party is my church, and I believe I serve the Lord best if I do his will, and liberate my oppressed people from the fetters of slavery. That is my gospel.” – Joseph Goebbels

        “The war we are fighting until victory or the bitter end is in its deepest sense a war between Christ and Marx. Christ: the principle of love. Marx: the principle of hate.” – Joseph Goebbels

        Guess Goebbels didn’t get the message . . . lol

        You do understand my clueless friend that both Mussolini & Hitler were huge fans of US Progressives Woody Wilson & FDR . . . some say the fathers of fascism. Hitler even used FDRs “New Deal” as a basis for racist German laws.

        Too bad you never read a Real History book . . .

        1. Left Coast, belay with the tiresome comparisons of the modern rag tag Left wing rabble with fascism and socialism etc

          Today the nation with perhaps the greatest economic freedoms is the People’s Republic of China. It has no political freedoms
          Today Europe and America have tons of political freedom but socialistic schemes up the wazoo.
          Today MMT is a type of “socialism” that is almost universally agreed by the nations’ central bankers
          In short, every mixed economy of today, has significant degrees of socialism that would put FDR to shame

          I don’t know what the point of comparing today’s Democratic party street thugs to the various street thugs of the 1920s and 30s is, but if you understood what they were facing at the time, you would understand that this is not an apt comparison.

          They are now anarchists, enemies of law and order and government itself. They are farther left than Stalin’s henchmen ever were., They are somewhat like Trotskyites but more like the POUM militia of the Spanish civil war, just total anarchists, nutjobs who think there can be a functioning government by some sort of committee vote on every little thing.

          What the BLM and ANTIFA of today represent is neither Hitler nor Stalin, it is just anarchy. They are worse than either communists or fascists.

          And by enabling and encouraging them, egging them on to try and create chaos and disorder and intimidate the regular law abiding people, by doing so, the current despicable Democratic party leadership is worse, too.

          don’t worry about a century ago., worry about today. Law and order is the issue, and the patriotic choice is TRUMP

          1. I give you quotes from those that were there and engineering the madness . . . .

            You give me Dribble about “Peoples Republic of China” . . . run by the CCP aka Chinese Communist Party.

            Gobelles said he was a Socialist, Hitler said he was a Socialist, Mussolini was a devout Socialist and ALL were fans of Karl Marx.

            “The goal of socialism is communism.” – Vladimir Lenin

            Let us listen to Hitler himself on the matter:
            “There is more that binds us to Bolshevism than separates us from it. There is, above all, genuine, revolutionary feeling, which is alive everywhere in Russia except where there are Jewish Marxists. I have always made allowance for this circumstance, and given orders that former Communists are to be admitted to the party at once. The petit bourgeois Social-Democrat and the trade-union boss will never make a National Socialist, but the Communists always will.”

            “Of what importance is all that, if I range men firmly within a discipline they cannot escape? Let them own land or factories as much as they please. The decisive factor is that the State, through the Party, is supreme over them regardless of whether they are owners or workers. All that is unessential; our socialism goes far deeper. It establishes a relationship of the individual to the State, the national community. Why need we trouble to socialize banks and factories? We socialize human beings.”

          2. BLM leaders say they are Marxists . . . trained Marxists . . . but you know better . . . lol

            Antifa is an organization that dates back to the 1930 . . .

            NO ONE was to the Left of Stalin, Lenin & Mao . . .
            Fascism is Communism Light so slightly to the right of those three, but fascism is FAR to the Left of PM Churchill back in the day and other Conservatives.

            Read about Mussolini . . . the creator of Fascism, major difference he did not kill the Elites, but harnessed them to work for the State.

            Mussolini’s own summary of the Fascist philosophy: “Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato” (Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State)
            O’Krazio Cortex and Bernie would have fit right in . . .

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