You would think the lady who made so much out of magic would understand the magical thinking of the Left.
Instead J. K. Rowling, once a Liberal in Good Standing, is now a person non-grata among the elites.
With all the teeth gnashing by leading Democrats last week after the U.S. killed a terrorist, there’s a chance you missed the latest news from the transgender front.
You will remember Ms. Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter books. Ms. Rowling is such a gifted writer and storyteller that her stories about Hogwarts, witchcraft and wizardry made her immensely wealthy.
But it seems her gift with words only goes so far.
As so often happens, Ms. Rowling’s problems started with Twitter. A few days before Christmas, the famous author zapped a tweet in which she voiced support for a woman who was fired.
Now typically, supporting a woman who lost her job – no matter the reason – would be a good thing among the liberal set. But in this instance not so much.
That’s because the woman was fired because she had the audacity to claim men are men. By today’s standards on the Left, that is blasphemy.
Here’s the backstory:
Maya Forstater is a researcher and was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Global Development. The Centre for Global Development works to reduce poverty. But their mission is not what matters.
What matters is Ms. Forstater – the researcher – got fired for a comment so obvious it requires no research.
And yes, you guessed it – her downfall came via Twitter.
Ms. Forstater tweeted that a person cannot change their biological sex.
Once, not very long ago, this benign statement of fact would have gone unnoticed. But things have changed. In what seems like just a few weeks, any suggestion that men and women are different – and no amount of surgery or costume can change that – is akin to a capital crime.
The angry masses demanded her head.
Ms. Forstater was befuddled – and probably just a little ticked. Why, she questioned, should she lose her job for stating the obvious. So she appealed.
Judge James Taylor rejected her appeal. He said her termination was justified since her “beliefs regarding biological sex includes referring to a person “by the sex she considered appropriate even if it violates their dignity and/or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.”
So your first question is how did this moron ever graduate law school? The second question is why did Ms. Rowling get skewered?
Well, never underestimate the stupidity of the Twitter crowd.
Ms. Rowling, in a show of support for the researcher, said people can dress how they like and call themselves what they want – but she questioned how a woman could be forced out of her job “for stating sex is real?”
Oh boy. That really started a ruckus among Twitter’s deepest thinkers. Never mind the 280-character limit, the number of words berating Ms. Rowling made her novels brief by comparison.
Demonstrating her success is no fluke, Ms. Rowling had the good sense to go mum.
We can agree this most recent outrage from the Outrage Mob matters little. Or does it? The danger remains that if the volume is high enough and the shrieking shrill enough, this type of crazy hysteria could matter.
Ms. Forstater issued a statement that read: “My belief . . . is that sex is a biological fact and is immutable. There are two sexes. Men are male. Women are female. It is impossible to change sex. These were until very recently understood as basic facts of life.”
Yet what we learned from her case is that a court, with bended knee to the Outrage Mob, can change the “basic fact of life” and destroy a person’s career.
Nobody, no matter your sex, can think that is a good thing.
DAN HAMMES is publisher of the Gazette Record.