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The Roman Catholic World
July 4, 2010
by Marielena Montesino de Stuart
Featuring the Award-Winning Story “AVE MARIA: A Town Without a Vote– Now and Forever”
I REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS LIKE,
UNTIL ONE DAY–
UNAWARE I HAD LEFT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA . . .
I CROSSED THE BORDER INTO . . .
THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC of AVE MARIA, FLORIDA. . .
AVE MARIA, FLORIDA–
A TOWN WHERE FREE SPEECH CAN BE CHILLED,
AND FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT CAN BE CONTROLLED. . .
Because the resident asked questions during a town government meeting held on November 3rd, 2009, concerning compliance of Florida statutes. Questions which were deemed “disruptive.” Questions regarding laws and town government matters– which had absolutely nothing to do with Ave Maria University, a private corporation.
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to control the town forever. This power, some say, is so great, it might be unconstitutional.” (link)
Where in America, other than in Ave Maria, does a citizen attend a local town government meeting– then goes home to find that they are banned from entering the entire campus and property of their local college or university, because of questions they asked about compliance of government statutes? A university campus which has been consistently promoted as part of the benefit of buying a home in this town.
This kind of “control over freedom of movement”– of ”turning people in” and ”reporting” by government agents, is only found in fascist and communist systems– and indeed, in the Town of Ave Maria.”
— From The Chronicles of Ave Maria © (link)
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TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION: Ave Maria Florida and First Amendment +The People’s Republic of Ave Maria, Florida + Ave Maria University + The Jackson Laboratory + Workshops and Resources for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research + Eugenics + Margaret Sanger + Tom Monaghan + Tom Golisano + Nicholas J. Healy Jr., President of AMU + Barron Collier Companies + The Ave Maria Stewardship Community District.