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Friday, March 03, 2006

Timing Is Everything 

I will admit... the idea behind this city gave me the heebee jeebees at first:

If Domino's Pizza founder Thomas S. Monaghan has his way, a new town being built in a quiet corner of southwest Florida will be governed by strict Roman Catholic principles, particularly when it comes to sex.

The pizza magnate, raised by nuns in orphanages, is bankrolling the town called Ave Maria with millions of dollars, calling its construction "God's will." Stores won't sell pornographic magazines, pharmacies won't carry condoms or birth control pills, and cable television will carry no X-rated channels, he said in a speech last year to the first annual Boston Catholic Men's Conference.

If a Wauwatosa were to come in right now and start passing ordinances doing what they're proposing here, I'd be all over my city council like white on rice. But this isn't Wauwatosa. Hell, this city doesn't even exist yet.

What we have here is a person who wants to create a city where like minded individuals can live. People who go there will know what they're getting into up front, not having something pushed on them after the fact. There is a big difference.

Of course, there already plenty of groups like the ACLU coming on board saying they're going to fight this. The question that needs to be asked is, are any of them considering living in that city? If you find the ideas being proposed so objectionable, then don't move there. It's actually an interesting experiment if you ask me. Of course as more detail emerge, my opinion might change. But as it stands, I say let them live how they'd like.

Comments:

Let's play Devil's Advocate for a moment. Nay, ACLU's Advocate.

The town is built, and families move in. They have children with them, or later on. Now these children are raised in an environment of censorship.

Of course, to that I'd say that any minor is under the watch of their parents, and their parents say what their minor child can and cannot do. Once that kid hits 18, he's an adult and can move to a different city if he wants.

The idea intrigues me. Somehow I don't think it can work out, but it's still intriguing.

I happened across your blog via Scott Adams; you left a comment, saying, "You clocked in at 3.46 seconds." Since my initials are CDF, I associate with this number a lot, so I decided to randomly click the associated name, and here I am. I've read a handful of your recent posts, and you're definitely added to my RSS/Atom reader so I can read more!

  Posted at March 03, 2006 9:10 PM by Blogger Chris Fritz  
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