Jay, maybe we should take a breath from national politicsfor a few days and get local. I live in
Now, a man named Nick Nefredo is suing to get a license forjust this activity. He is a member ofthe “Roma” (aka “Gypsy”) culture and he believes that he has a free speechright to tell people about their futures as he sees them. Apparently, he doesn’t have a specificreligious belief backing him up, but frankly I don’t know why he would need it.
There are plenty of other diviners, members of the pagan andWiccan communities, who now tell me that they fear being stopped fromexercising their religious beliefs in forecasting the future as well. Some use tarot cards; others use astrology orcast bones.
Why aren’t Christians jumping to the legal defense ofdivination? After all, doesn’t everychurch promote, in one way or the other, the reality of an afterlife. In fact, act one way and you’ll be morelikely to go to Heaven; act another way, it is perpetuity in Hell. This is prediction of the future, isn’t it?
And this isn’t just an issue in one county in