There’s a gypsy guy who wants to work as a fortune-teller, but can’t because it’s against the law.
He has enlisted the American Civil Liberties Union in his year-long fight to overturn the law that calls his livelihood fraudulent. He argues that fortunetelling is part of his heritage and that prohibiting him from working as a fortuneteller amounts to discrimination.
Is this some religious blue law? Nope — it’s actually quite sensible.
“I don’t think it’s strange for us to have laws that protect against fraud,” said Clifford Royalty, zoning division chief in the Montgomery County attorney’s office, adding that “religion has nothing to do with it. He’s not made that allegation in the lawsuit.”
“The practice is fraudulent,” Royalty said, “because no one can forecast the future.”
Through non-empirical means, that’s right.
So if it’s illegal to make fraudulent claims about the future in Montgomery County, are there no churches as well? Because their claims about the future are far more overblown.
UPDATE: Miss Perfect snipes: “I bet there’s a chiropractor next door.”