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(LifeSiteNews) — A key aspect of the transgender movement’s success has been the inclusion of “gender identity and expression” into hate crime laws.  

For most, when these laws began to pass, this was merely an extension of earlier expansions to hate crime codes, which included sexual orientation or behavior. The implications of these laws—that they essentially force entire populations to play along with and positively affirm the delusions of those who identified along an ever-expanding scale of identity options—were noted only by a few, such as Dr. Jordan B. Peterson. He is now famous as a public intellectual, but many forget that his rise to fame was triggered by his stated willingness to go to jail rather than be compelled to use “preferred pronouns.” 

These laws have been tremendously successful at cowing ordinary people into acquiescence. Many corporations, universities, and other institutions now demand that people supply their pronouns in an implicit affirmation of the transgender movement’s worldview. Those who refuse have discovered that Peterson’s dark predictions were not hyperbole. A teacher in Ireland, for example was jailed for refusing to use a student’s “gender-neutral” pronouns. Female convicts have been threatened with lengthier sentences for “misgendering” trans-identified male prisoners. California healthcare workers can get fines or prison time for “willfully” declining to use “preferred pronouns.” Jailtime for violations of gender ideology aren’t a right-wing fever dream—this is happening. 

Thus, when Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling announced, on October 17, that she would “happily” do time in prison for “misgendering” if the U.K. government makes it a hate crime, she knew that there are plenty of trans activists who would like to make that a reality. Rowling has been one of the most vocal—and certainly the most high-profile—critics of the transgender movement for several years now, and she frequently speaks out on X (formerly Twitter) on the subject. In response to a photo of a letters projected outside the U.K.’s Ministry of Justice stating “Repeat After Us: Trans Women Are Women,” Rowling responded simply: “No.” One X user promptly noted that if the Labour Party is elected, her statement could earn her two years in prison. 

“I’ll happily do two years if the alternative is compelled speech and forced denial of the reality and importance of sex,” Rowling responded. “Bring on the court case, I say. It’ll be more fun than I’ve ever had on a red carpet.”  

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Under a Labour government—which is not unlikely, considering growing voter exhaustion with the terminally flip-flopping Tories—the already existing hate crime laws against “misgendering,” which stipulate that it is illegal to do so if motivated by “hostility”—that definition would be expanded. According to a report in the Daily Mail, Labour’s Anneliese Dodds, Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary, stated: “The Conservatives are failing to protect LGBT+ people with their inability to get a handle on hate crime, including violent hate crime. Labour will strengthen the law to ensure the perpetrators of anti-LGBT+ hate can no longer dodge longer sentences.” Under Labour’s definition, “misgendering” would constitute an “attack” on the alleged victim’s “identity.”  

This should not be surprising—the transgender movement has long claimed that words are violence. And for most people, the threat of jailtime is more than enough to toe the line. These laws are intended to cow everyone into affirming transgender ideology, even though polling indicate that most people are still skeptical of its premises. Thus, when someone who is “too big to cancel”—and certainly too famous to be pushed around and silenced quietly—the transgender movement is forced to defend its claims and the absurdity of the speech codes they are implementing across the Western world. This is precisely why they hate J.K. Rowling so much. 

That, and her sense of humor. “Hoping for the library, obviously, but I think I could do ok in the kitchens,” she wrote on X. “Laundry might be a problem. I have a tendency to shrink stuff/turn it pink accidentally. Guessing that won’t be a major issue if it’s mostly scrubs and sheets, though. I’m ok at ironing. It’s the not checking there’s a random red sock in amongst the sheets that’s the issue.” 

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.