The Miami New Times reports on the deep troubles in Tom Monaghan’s Florida version of the Vatican, the town of Ave Maria. He already ran into constitutional problems when he declared that his town would be free of birth control and pornography, now things have gotten even worse.
Her dream town had turned against her, she explained. Stuart, a conservative Catholic writer and blogger who resembles an aging Elizabeth Taylor, explained she felt like she was being watched from all angles. She had been banned from nearly 1,000 acres of the town for asking inconvenient questions. Now she was afraid to even step into her own church for fear of being arrested.“You only find this in fascist regimes,” she said bitterly into a Fox 4 News microphone.
Stuart’s two years in Ave Maria had become a nightmare, she added, all because she had committed the cardinal sin of questioning town founder and Domino’s Pizza magnate Tom Monaghan. On her blog, the Chronicles of Ave Maria, Stuart had compared the place to a prison and Monaghan to its warden. She and her family had been “harassed” because she was the only one willing to stand up to the billionaire and his edicts.
“I believe that the duty of a journalist is to expose and write the truth,” Stuart said. “And I’ve written the truth.”
I could feel sorry for her, but I don’t. If you move to a town that is explicitly set up to be a mini-theocracy, you get what you deserve.