J.K. Rowling hits back at Rupert Murdoch Muslim tweet

The "Harry Potter" author challenged Rupert Murdoch's controversial assertion that all Muslims "must be held responsible" for Islamic extremists.

Kate Stanton

LONDON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling fired back at Rupert Murdoch on Saturday, after the famously conservative media mogul tweeted that all Muslims should be held responsible for the recent attacks in Paris.

Murdoch, the founder and CEO of News Corporation, wrote Friday that all Muslims "must be held responsible" for terrorist attacks "until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer."


"Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US," he added. "Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy."

Rowling, whose Harry Potter books dealt with themes of discrimination and free speech, hit back Saturday.

"I was born Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I'll auto-excommunicate," she wrote.

In a sarcastic retort, Rowling went on to apply his thoughts on culpability to her own religion.

"The Spanish Inquisition was my fault, as is all Christian fundamentalist violence," she said. "Oh, and Jim Bakker."


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