Laurie and Debbie say:
Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza, is single-handedly building a “Catholic town” in Florida.
“Ave MariaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pharmacies will not be allowed to sell condoms or birth control pills. The townÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cable television network will carry no X-rated channels. …” The town will be centered around a new Catholic University. Jeb Bush attended the university’s groundbreaking ceremony.
Frankly, my dear, we’d rather live there than in South Dakota these days. We are both passionately pro-choice, and neither of us is or has ever been a Catholic. But think about it. A town that abided by Catholic church doctrine would:
Not allow the death penalty
Teach evolution in the schools without controversy or wishy-washiness
Provide sanctuary (including for illegal immigrants)
Commit to wages large enough to support a family for every worker (don’t you wonder how Monaghan made the money to build a whole town?)
Outlaw usury (yes, this means the credit card companies) and extreme corporate profits (Disney’s going to love that one)
Provide universal access to health care
And finally, if the choice for ultimate authority is George Bush and his gang of thugs or Pope Benedict, the pope wins hands down.
Is this really something Jeb Bush wants his core constituency to see him supporting?
There are all kinds of reasons why we believe Ave Marie, FL, is a really bad idea, starting with the Bill of Rights and the Constitution (including separation of church and state), and continuing through other right-to-die issues, before you even get to condoms and pornography.
At the same time, it’s a much more interesting really bad idea than the current powermongers have been offering us.
Let’s just hope the residents of Ave Maria can live in peace, and aren’t attacked by marauding bands of Catholic-hating, death-penalty supporting, evolution-despising American citizens.
Ave Maria town