JK Rowling Rushes To The Defense Of Calais' Migrant Church

Many people in the U.K. were furious after the BBC decided to film a migrant church in Calais. JK Rowling set them straight.

 JK Rowling has taken to Twitter to launch a stinging attack on the British newspaper Daily Express's front page, which features a critical story about the BBC filming an episode of Songs of Praise at the Calais migrant camp.

The Songs of Praise program has been broadcasting Christian hymns since October 1, 1961. it is produced by the BBC, it receives at least some of its public funding through an annual license fee that all British households and companies have to pay. The program drew criticism recently for deciding to broadcast hymns from a migrant camp in Calais, France, where desperate refugees have gathered, hoping to get to the U.K. in search of a better life. 

The Harry Potter author criticized the Daily Express's owner, media mogul and Ukip donor Richard Desmond, for its outrage over news the BBC will air clips for this week's program.

In a post on Twitter, the writer said: "Newspaper owned by man who got rich peddling pornography condemns the BBC for filming migrants singing hymns."

She was quickly joined by other users who waded into the debate, some accusing the Express of using violent language against migrants.

Even the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, chipped in, quoting a famous passage from the book of Matthew, chapter 18 verse 20.

Calais' migrants have shown remarkable fortitude in the middle of a crisis situation. See images of people worshipping in Calais below.

A Church In Calais