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News of the Day: March 6, 2013


Appeals Court Says Local Psychic Must Pay Business Taxes (Courthouse News)

"The 4th Circuit refused to reverse a decision dismissing the First Amendment complaint of a Virginia psychic who claimed her county's $300 business tax violates her rights. Sophie King, who says she's a "spiritual counselor" and not a fortune teller, lost her bid to shirk $343.75 in fortune teller license tax, penalties and accrued interest ... In her 2009 complaint, King said she is "not interested in future events," but offers spiritual counseling through 'tarot, Reiki, energy healing, astrology and psychic, clairvoyant, clairaudient, and medium abilities.""


Library Loses Appeals Court Battle to Censor Pagan, Wiccan Websites (AP)
(Local news article with full text of court decision) (Riverfront Times)

"A federal judge has ordered a small library in southern Missouri to stop blocking access to websites related to Wicca and other minority religions, calling it a violation of patrons’ First Amendment rights. ... The suit said the library’s Netsweeper software blocked sites such as the official webpage of the Wiccan church; the Wikipedia entry for Wicca ... The suit said some religions were labeled “occult” or even “criminal.”"



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Your Humble Correspondent has been involved in the magical, Heathen, and Pagan communities for more than thirty years, and has been published in various print and online magazines.


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