CNN has a story about Ave Maria, a private community based on Catholic ideals, in which shops will be barred from selling porn and doctors will not offer abortions. It’s the brainchild of Domino’s pizza founder Thomas S. Monaghan. I suspect pizza will be widely available. (Somewhere in the back of my mind: “In Domino’s Factory, et Cheesy, et Spearmint Ice Tea, 15 minutes.”)
A rep from the ACLU suggests that this is unconstitutional, but I’m not entirely sure how that would work. If it really is a privately held community, it seems to me that they have a lot of power in controlling what happens on their own property. I suspect they couldn’t stop doctors from performing abortions as house-calls (nor pagan rituals in the home), but CC&Rs can be pretty restrictive.
A big part of me loves the idea of city-states and intentional communities, and so I would be disappointed to see this stopped. As long as people can leave (and go to Sin City, which will inevitably open up nearby), I think this would be great. (Via Jess.)