By Jonathon Van Maren
On Tuesday evening, a massive, angry crowd gathered outside the Toronto Public Library to protest an event being held inside. Hostility and molten fury bubbled just beneath the surface as hundreds of assembled men and women, wielding signs featuring slogans such as “No Free Speech for Hate Speech” and launching into chants such as “Trans rights are human rights!” and “Take back TPL [Toronto Public Library]!” and “Shame! Shame!” When it was time for the attendees of the offending event to leave, they had to run a gauntlet of contempt and angry shouting.
And what was this offending event, do you ask? It was panel put on by a group called Radical Feministe Unite-Toronto, who had rented space from the Toronto Public Library and invited the founder of Feminist Current, Meghan Murphy, to speak. Murphy, you may recall, was banned from Twitter for her stubborn refusal to agree with the idea that men can become women and, despite being pro-abortion and pro–gay rights, has found herself the object of the progressive Left’s fervent hatred. For weeks, the LGBT crowd has been trying to get the event cancelled, accusing Murphy of being a vicious and hateful bigot.