On Tuesday morning last week, while most visitors to Klyde Warren Park were batting oversize foam tennis balls back and forth on the main lawn as part of some U.S. Tennis Association promotion, a handful of anti-circumcision protesters (aka "intactivists") clustered on the park's far eastern fringe. Clad in all white, immaculate save for angry red splotches on their crotches, the Bloodstained Men positioned themselves along Pearl Street holding signs decrying infant circumcision as torture. One car stopped so the passenger could snap a photo with his cell phone camera. Several drivers shot quizzical looks as they drove past. Most people, both in the park and passing by, simply ignored them.
A security guard at Klyde Warren Park tells anti-circumcision protesters that they can't demonstrate in the park, because their signs are disturbing the children.
The most notable exception was Klyde Warren Park's on-site management, who could be seen pow-wowing near the tennis players and throwing anxious glances at the red-crotched demonstrators. After a half hour, they dispatched a security guard who informed them that if they insisted on continuing their protest, they would need to do so on the sidewalk; they were not allowed to demonstrate in the park itself.More »