Sunday, May 22, 2016

J.K. Rowling: Don't ban 'offensive and bigoted' Trump from UK

While it's not the most pressing international matter, the iconic and famous author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, recently defended Donald Trump's right to freedom of speech in the UK. Last year an online petition gained over half a million signatures arguing to ban Trump from entering the UK due to his offensive language and actions. In January, the British Parliament even held a debate on the matter however they never came to a vote. At the New York Pen gala on Monday, Rowling's speech argued that the same freedoms trying to be taken from Trump are the same ones that allow her to call him a "bigot." She says that just because you are offended by someone or disagree with them it does not give you grounds to remove their freedoms. Following Trump's proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the US last December, Rowling tweeted, "How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad." 
--Kassie Whaling-- 

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