01 March 2006

New Town

I saw this headline on The Milwaukee Channel's web site: New Florida Town Plans Abortion, Porn, Birth Contol Bans. I thought cool; someone is taking a stand on their morals and decided to include others. This town is called Ave Maria and is being bankrolled by Thomas Monaghan of Domino’s fame and Barron Collier Co.

The detractors claim this plan is unconstitutional and they promise lawsuits. This is country club Christianity," said Frances Kissling, president of the liberal Washington, D.C.-based Catholics for a Free Choice, which opposes the church's bans on abortion and birth control. She likened the town's concept to Islamic fundamentalism and teaching intolerance. "This is un-American," Kissling said. "I don't think in a democratic society you can have a legally organized township that will seek to have any kind of public service whatsoever and try to restrict the constitutional rights of citizens."

From what I read on Ave Maria's website this town is being built with private funds ONLY. The only services that will be contracted out to a governmental agency are police and fire. So what is the real problem? I know the left loves porn, abortion, birth control, and other family unfriendly ideas. To link these people to Islamic fundamentalism and intolerance, shows that Kissling is intolerant and is religiously devoid.

Salt Lake City was founded by a religion, and is still dominated by it. Do we declare that city un-American and unconstitutional, then bulldoze the city over and rebuild and repopulate it with a population reflecting the overall U.S. demographics? Do we stop any “planned” communities that have restrictions over property rights? NO, and these places are thriving despite the fact that the have rules that might be unconstitutional.

States, cities and towns all around the U.S. are placing restrictions on constitutional rights of citizens all the time (smoking bans, firearms). So why not start a community with a set of morals and rules that the people who will move there agree upon from the start?

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