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.That's right. Tom is building himself a whole town in his own image.
His ideas about barring pornography and birth control, he said, apply only to the Catholic university.
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.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.
"I would say I just misspoke," Monaghan said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press. "The town will be open to anybody."
"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.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?
He said the town would welcome "synagogues as well as Baptist churches."
"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?