Last year I wrote about Stephen Woodworth’s talk on human dignity being shut down due to protestors. Protestors included student Ethan Jackson who dressed up in a giant vagina costume he named Vulveta.
The talk was rescheduled for this week and Mr. Woodworth was able to get through his talk about when Canadian law says life begins. I’m a little astounded at how much security was needed. Seriously? A talk about a social issue? It shouldn’t require this much effort to ensure a fair exchange of ideas on a college campus. Le sigh.
This time, things were different. The man in the genitalia — Ethan Jackson, a fourth-year women and gender studies and religion student at nearby Wilfrid Laurier University — is banned from the Waterloo campus, as was a fellow protester.
So Mr. Woodworth’s rescheduled talk went ahead Thursday night under heavy police protection, as officers patrolled empty hallways and medics sat at the ready outside a poky little second-floor classroom, half-filled with the school’s anti-abortion club.