J.K. Rowling, the creator of the "Harry Potter" series, has once again proved that words are mightier than weapons when it comes to fighting ignorance, by responding to Rupert Murdoch's racist comments on Twitter.
She is not one to shy away from standing up against injustice. Rowling has been very vocal about issues like LGBT rights or racism in the social media.
In the wake of unity rallies and peace talks following the Charlie Hebdo shooting incident, the Australia-born business tycoon had taken to Twitter to share his thoughts. He tweeted saying all "Moslems" should be held responsible for the actions of extremist groups like ISIS and the Al Qaeda. Apart from using the derogatory and offensive term to denote all followers of Islam, Murdoch went on to say that trying to be politically correct only helps to promote hypocrisy.
"Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognise and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible," Murdoch tweeted, before adding, "Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US. Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy."
The News Corp founder's offensive remarks irked quite a few people, but it was the bestselling writer who best articulated the collective sentiments. Since he liked to hold a whole community responsible for the actions of a few, Rowling proposed that she be held responsible for Murdoch's actions and would "auto-excommunicate".
I was born Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I'll auto-excommunicate. http://t.co/Atw1wNk8UX
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 11, 2015
She further apologised for the Spanish Inquisition, an era considered to be the most brutal time in Church history, and for any violence by Christian fundamentalists. Many fans joined her in taking the blame for atrocities like the "crusades". Rowling added that she took personal responsibility for Jim Bakker, a former Assemblies of God Minister and a former host of The PTL Club - a popular evangelical Christian television program, whose reputation was plagued with sex scandal and accounting fraud.