So I’ve been sitting on a post about Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan‘s vision for a Catholic town, Ave Maria, which he is developing in Florida (smartly located to effect a swing state vote…should it ever get its target number of residents, which seems unlikely these days). Monaghan’s vision was to have a town made up only of devout Catholics. A town without access to birth control and in which pre-marital sex would be grounds for expulsion from the university, also named Ave Maria.
Anyway, Zuzu beat me to the punch over at her new blog, Kindly Pog Mo Thoin. As Zuzu notes, Monaghan et al are having to backtrack from their statements that the town would welcome only Catholics. I mean, the town may ban contraception for students and have streets called Annunciaton Circle and Women are Whores Boulevard, but really, everyone is welcome. That, of course, is because of a little thing called anti-discrimination law. And that’s just for starters. This town is a morass of constitutional violations.
Zuzu’s got the whole story.
UPDATE BY SL: This article by Peter Boyer has some additional background; I especially liked the stuff about the faculty at Ave Maria law school rebelling against leaving cosmopolitan Ann Arbor for Middle of Nowheresville, FL.