Tom Monaghan has revised (or clarified) his earlier remarks about the planned Catholic city in Florida.
Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas S. Monaghan, who is helping to bankroll the birth of a Florida town and university, backtracked Friday from comments that he’d like the community to be governed by strict Roman Catholic principles.
His ideas about barring pornography and birth control, he said, apply only to the Catholic university.
“There are a lot of misconceptions,” Monaghan said Friday…
The town will not allow adult bookstores or topless clubs. However, it will merely suggest, not prohibit, businesses from selling adult magazines or contraceptives.
“We are not going to censor any of that information, but in deference to Ave Maria University, we are going to request that they not sell that merchandise but we are not restricting,” said Barron Collier chief executive Paul Marinelli.
“The misconception we’re trying to clarify is that this is not going to be a strictly Catholic town. … I think it would be boring if in fact it was all Catholic,” Marinelli said.
He said the town would welcome “synagogues as well as Baptist churches.”
Barron Collier executive Blake Gable said homosexuals will be welcome despite the church’s belief that homosexuality is a sin.
Also contrary to Monaghan’s earlier statements, the town will not restrict cable television programming.