Maybe I live under a rock. I had no earthly idea that there were very strong opinions about attempts to divine the future.*
The Islamic religion has a full out ban on fortune telling — crystal balls, tarot cards, astrology, palmistry, and so on. More conservative Christians also view these activities as sins and fraternizing with Satan. Some people just think ignorant people should be protected con artists intent on separating them from their money.
In 2012, a Federal court struck down a Louisiana law banning all fortune telling activities as unconstitutional under first amendment protections for freedom of speech.
Lynchburg, VA, took a different tact. They charge a licensing tax. Fair enough.
Sec. 36-126.42. Fortune-telling, astrology, palmistry, etc.
Every person engaging within the city in fortune-telling, soothsaying, palmistry, astrology, spiritualism, psychological readings, clairvoyance, horoscope, phrenology or a like calling or business, whether a direct charge is made therefore or not, and whether or not medicine or medicine remedies or other merchandise or services are dispensed or sold or prescribed at the same time in the same place, or another place, shall pay for the privilege an annual license tax of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), not prorated. The license provided for herein shall not be transferable. Any person engaging in such calling or business without first obtaining the license required herein shall be guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor. (Ord. No. O- 96-319, 12-10-96, eff. 1-1-97)
Last updated date: 10/23/2006 4:15:21 PM
Here’s my take away:
- A perceived smile made me smile and my day was better for it. I choose to believe that like attracts like and that is how I choose to live my life.
- I sincerely pray that the First Amendment does not become the pesky step child of the Bill of Rights.
*Yes, I am intentional in my word choice. It’s my sick sense of humor.