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Wiccan Charged Under N.C. Anti-Divination Law.

A North Carolina woman has been charged with violating a rarely enforced 1951 law that prohibits the "arts of phrenology (reading head bumps), palmistry, clairvoyance, fortune telling and other crafts of a similar kind" unless performed at a school, church social or event.

Kindra Rajaniemi was ticketed in August by an Asheville police officer, but is challenging the law, claiming it violates her First Amendment rights. She is receiving legal assistance from the American Civil Liberties Union.

"The problem with laws like this is that nobody in the legislature wants to come out and vote to repeal it because they would forever be branded the pro-psychic senator....," Deborah Ross, executive director of the North Carolina ACLU affiliate, told the Associated Press. "It's purely political."
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Publication:Church & State
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U5NC
Date:Oct 1, 1999
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