Sunday, August 12, 2012

Fortune-telling Ban Struck Down in Louisiana

According to Religion Clause Blog, a U.S. Federal District Court has declared unconstitutional a municipal ordinance in Alexandria, New Orleans that banned "palmistry, card reading, astrology, fortune telling, [and] phrenology."  The city argued that the ban was a regulation of commercial speech intended to prohibit fraud, but the Court (acting on the recommendations of a magistrate) found that the plaintiff's public tarot card reading (done for voluntary donations) was protected by the First Amendment.

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