Saturday, March 04, 2006

It's his kind of town...

Gotta love the ownership society. If you don't like the America you have, you can just build a new one for yourself. This has to be the ultimate in gated communities.
Domino's Pizza founder Thomas S. Monaghan, who is helping to bankroll the birth of a Florida town and university, backtracked Friday from comments that he'd like the community to be governed by strict Roman Catholic principles.

His ideas about barring pornography and birth control, he said, apply only to the Catholic university.
That's right. Tom is building himself a whole town in his own image.
Monaghan's comments Friday contrasted with statements he made last year to a Catholic men's group in Boston that pornographic magazines won't be sold in town, pharmacies won't carry condoms or birth control pills, and cable television will carry no X-rated channels.

"I would say I just misspoke," Monaghan said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press. "The town will be open to anybody."
One expects his tempered views are a result of his attorneys' review of legal issues surrounding "his original ideas." I'm sure the threat of ACLU suit had nothing to do with it.
"The misconception we're trying to clarify is that this is not going to be a strictly Catholic town. ... I think it would be boring if in fact it was all Catholic," Marinelli said.

He said the town would welcome "synagogues as well as Baptist churches."
You'll notice mosques and Unitarian Universalists didn't make the list. However, "homosexuals will be welcome despite the church's belief that homosexuality is a sin." Welcome sinners. Can't get a warmer invitation than that, can you?
"We're just trying to create an environment where children will be safe on the streets, where they can ride their bikes and play ball in the park," he said. "We're truly just trying to create a town with traditional values."
Why am I reminded of that old story, The Lottery?
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4 Comments:

Blogger matty said...

thank goodness those folks will no longer be forced to live in fear. you can't trust those undesirables. has civilization fogotten the carnage of the unitarian crusade?

and what responsible parent doesn't lose sleep at night, terrified that some rogue quaker might expose their child to virulent pacifism?

good thing they relented on the synagogue issue, though. i imagine the second coming would be kinda awkward if jesus thinks it immodest to come back as a christian.

on the other hand, dominos does make a mean pepperoni pizza. too bad its not pizza hut funneling profits into theocracy. their pies suck.

10:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Libby said...

On some level I like the idea. Let them gather together in their little fiefdoms. Better to know where the extremists are than to have them dispersed willy nilly throughout our communities.

Funny thing, I realized I actually met good old Tom once when I was a balloonist. Dominos had one of the first corporate balloons on the circuit I traveled. He showed up to a rally to get a ride on his.

11:06:00 AM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Jesus would come back as a Buddhist....
hmm, or maybe a Quaker....

( virulent pacifism? hmmm, is it in the same family as Bird Flu?)

Libby- You were a Balloonist ??? that is awesome...

12:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Libby said...

If I was Jesus, I'm not sure I'd want to come back. This place is a mess.

And yeah, ballooning was one of the most fun chapters of my life.

9:14:00 AM  

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