Domino’s Founder Turning Florida Town Into Unconstitutional Contraception-Free ‘Catholic Enclave’
Domino’s Pizza founder and former Detroit Tigers owner Tom Monaghan has reportedly created a town in Florida that secular groups say has instituted an “undemocratic form of government dominated by one man’s interpretation of religious doctrine.”
In 1998, Monaghan sold Domino’s to Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital and got to work on two schools whose curriculum was based around “significant input” from conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
At the time, he told Ann Arbor News, “The most important thing I could do with the resources I’ve been blessed with was to help build equality, faithful Catholic education. To have more global impact, I need to focus on higher education to train the teachers, the principals, the future Catholic university and seminary professors.”
But Monaghan wasn’t done and set to work on a “Catholic enclave” which Raw Story reports prohibits cable providers from carrying pornographic channels and all contraception is forbidden.
“There is not going to be any pornographic television in Ave Maria Town,” Monaghan told the Wall Street Journal. “If you go to the drug store and you want to buy the pill or the condoms or contraception, you won’t be able to get that in Ave Maria Town.”
Howard Simon, the executive director of the ACLU in Florida, tells Truthout, “We want to respect people’s choices, but when government gives authority to religious groups to govern in accordance with religious rules, it goes too far and violates the Constitution.”
Sarah Jones of Americans United for Separation of Church and State agreed, adding, “Ave Maria is now nothing more than a vanity project for a fundamentalist magnate. But real people live there, and they’re entitled to constitutional rights. Monaghan’s millions can’t buy him the power to override the First Amendment. It is flatly illegal to legislate based on religious dogma.”