Catholic Town in Florida?
There is a man with a plan. He plans to build a town in Florida that will be totally governed by religious principles.
First he brought us Domino's Pizza.
The Times online reports:
"Tom Monaghan, the founder of the Domino’s Pizza chain, has stirred protests from civil rights activists by declaring that Ave Maria’s pharmacies will not be allowed to sell condoms or birth control pills. The town’s cable television network will carry no X-rated channels."
Some concerns from civil rights groups put in their two cents with this:
"Yet civil rights activists and other watchdogs concerned about the separation of church and state are threatening lawsuits if Ave Maria attempts to enforce Catholic dogma. Environmentalists have also complained the town will restrict the habitat of the Florida panther, an endangered species. "
Now, I did know that Florida did have alligators but panthers is a new one to me. Makes me think twice of another Florida vacation.
But should rights activists be so upset? Not far from Lynchburg is Yogaville, they also have their own laws based on their principles. And if you don't like them you don't have to live there.
In searching for other religious communities in the United States, there is also an Islamville. Although I am not really sure what this is, but apparently a village in South Carolina.
My opinion if this is how you want to live, it is your exercise of freedom.
By the way, in following this line of surfing I found something very interesting I will post tomorrow.