Author J.K. Rowling (R) and billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch..
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Billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch elicited angry responses from Twitter users, among them successful author J.K. Rowling, after posting a remark about the Paris killing spree unleashed by Islamic fundamentalists last week.
This past Friday, Murdoch tweeted: “Maybe most Moslems [are] peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.”
That prompted Rowling, the author of the famed Harry Potter series, to shoot back: “I was born Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I’ll auto-excommunicate.”
The Rowling-Murdoch exchange was first reported by The Guardian
Murdoch followed his remark up with another tweet about the “big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US. Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy.”
Rowling responded sarcastically, saying that “the Spanish Inquisition was my fault, as is all Christian fundamentalist violence. Oh, and Jim Bakker.”
Bakker is an American televangelist who has made statements about abortion and secularism that many considered offensive.
In her tweets, Rowling praised the actions of a Muslim employee of the kosher supermarket that was held up by two pro-Islamist gunmen in Paris.
The employee, Lassana Bathily, hid Jewish customers by ushering them into a basement chiller room, “reminding us of what ‘humanity’ ought to mean,” Rowling said.