Friday, March 03, 2006

Florida Town Being Built on Family Values

According to published news reports, a controversial new town in Naples Florida is expected to be completed by the fall of 2007. The town of Ave Maria is being built around Ave Maria University, the first Catholic university to be built in the United States in about 40 years. The headlines have been filled with speculation that this new town is to be governed by strict Roman Catholic laws, especially when it concerns sexual matters. It is alleged that no pornography will be sold within town limits, no special cable channels for X-rated movies and no abortion clinics or birth control will be allowed. According to Thomas S. Monaghan, financier of the project, and his web site, the media has twisted the truth to fit there agenda driven propaganda:

"I think the faculty would be very distressed if this was only a Catholic community. We have many people on our staff and a few on our faculty who are not Catholic. Really, I think this has been blown all out of proportion."
The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Florida claims the town is being built on unconstitutional grounds. According to Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida:
none (no communities) can "wield governmental power along the lines of religious principle"
As far as I am concerned I see no problem with building a town on family values. No one is being prohibited from living in Ave Maria no matter what race, religion, sexual orientation, or belief structures they may hold.
Our federal constitution is based on 'religous principals'
and this never has been a problem until now when the civil libitarians are whole-heartedly attacking the religious values that make up this country.
In a time when the Christian faith is under heavy scrutiny, especially when it comes to family values such as traditional marriage, many other groups that oppose such values can go about constructing communities that are "designed" for their kind without any fears of being sued by civil rights advocates. Take for example
the story in Boston where developers bought land near Fenway Park two weeks ago and are applying for zoning variances that would allow them to build a retirement community especially for gays and lesbians. In this community their will be no restrictions on who can live there. You can be either homosexual or heterosexual, black or white, ect, ect.
Why is it that society needs to declassify a sub-group of people, such as the gay community, to the level of a minority status? Certain races is this world are part of a minority group, but your race is not a choice, it is a fact of life. People can not decide what race they are going to be when they are born. The same argument goes for homosexuality. It is not determined by birth, it is determined by making a choice. Their has never been ANY peer reviewed study that concludes homosexuality is genetic in any way, shape or form
(Dr. Jeffery Satinover, The Gay Gene? The Journal of Homosexuality.)
Question: Why are we giving extra privileges such as marriage, to a group that simply makes a choice? Why is it O.K. that the gay community can segregate themselves from society because they feel uncomfortable, but when an individual constructs a town based on family values there ideas are considered unconstitutional and uncivil?


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