Yesterday morning I heard a fascinating case on CBC Radio One’s The Current – the question of whether an anti-abortion group at Carleton University should have been allowed to hold a public demonstration on the university’s central quad. You can view a video of the protesters being arrested after being informed that they were in fact trespassing, and would be taken into custody if they persisted.
Pro-life students arrested for trespassing when they tried to share their point of view with the student body: it sounds like a pretty cut-and-dried case of egregious censorship against unpopular points of view. But as in many cases, the full story has a lot more complexity, and a lot depends on how it’s told. It’s not as simple as it might seem at first glance.
Hallowe’en is one of my favourite holidays. Call me creepy – you wouldn’t be the first – but I’ve always found it fun.
Yes, I was the kid who was delighted when a seemingly-stuffed Grim Reaper started to follow me across the yard as I trick-or-treated. Yes, I was the kid making smart-aleck remarks to the ghosts in the haunted houses on the Niagara Falls strip. The school library couldn’t find enough Stephen King to keep me happy. And to this day, I’m the one who tries to convince my friends to go see Paranormal Activity 2, though most of them would rather . . . well, pretty much anything.
But I’m very aware that I’ve got an unusually high tolerance level for the frightening and macabre. And in my work with children, it’s a struggle this time of year: how much terror can a kid take?
Image via Horror Society.