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Domino's former honcho building bible-beating community

Tom Monaghan: “I believe all of history is just one big battle between good and evil. I don’t want to be on the sidelines.”

[UPDATE: For accuracy’s sake, Monaghan sold his controlling interests in Domino’s to Bain Capital for one billion dollars. Bain, along with Bush’s friends at The Carlyle Group, picked up Dunkin’ Donuts last year…what a small world.]

I haven’t eaten Domino’s for years because of the company’s anti-choice, winger stands — it has a 100% rating for contributing to Republican/conservative concerns. It tasted like prefab crap anyway.

The millionaire womb-control advocate and former owner of Domino’s Pizza, Tom Monaghan, is planning to fulfill his dream — building a new town for Christofascists to come and settle in. (MSNBC):

The 5,000-acre tomato field in southwestern Florida sure doesn’t look like heaven. Bulldozers scrape the land flat while clusters of Porta Pottis signal an undeniable earthiness. But soon a massive cathedral will rise from this barren spot. Reaching 100 feet in the air behind a 65-foot crucifix, the Oratory will anchor Ave Maria, a whole new town and Roman Catholic university 30 miles east of Naples. Ground was officially broken last week, and the plan is to build 11,000 homes—likely drawing families who already hold the church at the center of their lives.

For Tom Monaghan, the devout Catholic who founded Domino’s Pizza and is now bankrolling most of the initial $400 million cost of the project, Ave Maria is the culmination of a lifetime devoted to spreading his own strict interpretation of Catholicism.

Though he says nonbelievers are welcome, Monaghan clearly wants the community to embody his conservative values. He controls all the commercial real estate in town (along with his developing partner, Barron Collier Cos.) and is asking pharmacies not to carry contraceptives. If forced to choose between two otherwise comparable drugstores, Barron Collier would favor the one that honored that request, says its president and CEO, Paul Marinelli.

…The ACLU of Florida is worried about how he’s playing the game. “It is completely naive to think this first attempt [to restrict access to contraception] will be their last,” says executive director Howard Simon. Armed with a 1946 Supreme Court opinion that “ownership [of a town] does not always mean absolute dominion,” Simon will be watching Ave Maria for any signs of Monaghan’s request’s becoming a demand. Planned Parenthood is similarly alarmed. So far, Naples Community Hospital, which plans to open a clinic in Ave Maria Town, says it will not prescribe any birth control to students.

Let’s see, I would love to see a study down the road of the number of STDs and unplanned pregnancies that crop up in Ave Maria Town.

And you know there will be no prostitution, alcohol or recreational drug consumption going on either. I wonder if dancing will be banned, or even – gasp – homo-sex?

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