Virginia Court Says Divination Not A Religious Practice

In the beginning of 2010 I reported on the case of Patricia Moore-King (aka "Psychic Sophie"), a psychic practitioner/spiritual counselor who challenged Chesterfield County's onerous zoning regulations designed to discourage tarot readers, psychics, astrologers, and other practitioners of “occult sciences” from opening up a shop. King maintains that she wasn't a "fortune teller" but engaged in a form of religious counseling, and therefore the regulations didn't apply to her.The County of Chesterfield’s laws classify Ms. King’s activities as “the occupation of occult sciences” and therefore defines her as a “fortune-teller” (she does not identify herself as such), which subjects her to … [Read more...]

A Summer of Psychics

CNN got a bit of flak for doing a puff piece this past Thursday on psychic prognosticators making predictions about the American (and global) economy. Roger Ebert helpfully clarified that, "no, this is not an Onion news report" (a point reiterated by Sheril Kirshenbaum at Wired). Nicole Belle at Crooks and Liars calls the report "more insidious than stupid," while Josh Feldman at Mediaite called the segment "the most mind-bogglingly idiotic thing I have ever seen on cable news." httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-MO0TTGkxc I'm not sure why this particular piece of filler should be the breaking point that makes critics groan and shake their heads ruefully. CNN has long dabbled in what I a … [Read more...]