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Sun., May 12, 2013

Protest was out of line

I apologize to those of you who participated in Bloomsday, and witnessed the disturbing posters and signs. These posters advertised gory pictures of what seemed to be crushed babies and detached baby limbs. The signs were expressing thoughts of abortion.

I am disgusted to know that people would do such a thing. Especially since Bloomsday is a family event. There were quite a few children who saw these signs that were, and still are, terrorized by them. Even the protesters on the hill holding these signs and supporting the idea had toddlers with them. I can’t help but feel bad for these children.

On my way by, I heard multiple people from the race shouting and showing harmful gestures to the protesters. I can only imagine what the toddlers took away from that day; on the hill, and in the race. I realize that part of the First Amendment allows citizens to exercise the freedom of speech, although there is a time and a place for everything, and this was neither.

Thank you to all the volunteers and forces for keeping us safe on Sunday. I appreciate the hard work.

Parker Bell


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