Psychic Sophie appeals zoning ruling (UPDATE: loses)

Court to hear arguments in case of Va. Psychic

A Chesterfield County psychic who wants to work out of the same office complex as licensed psychologists and other professionals is taking her case to a federal appeals court.

Moore-King, who operates as “Psychic Sophie,” claims county zoning and licensing regulations for fortune tellers violate her constitutional rights to free exercise of religion, speech and equal protection.

Here is another case of zoning laws putting the squeeze on psychic services. The judge called her practices “deceptive” although she prides herself on being “Legitimate-Accurate-Direct-Honest”. Her fee? $100 an hour. Nice. Sophie’s website.

We also see a trend towards characterization of psychic services as “spritual” (read “religious”) and they will argue for freedom of religion. The Marks family did this as well. Spiritualism once was sort of a religion, but more of a movement to communicate with the dead.

UPDATE (27-Feb-2013) She lost the appeal.  Central Va. psychic loses appeal to US panel – San Antonio Express-News.

  5 comments for “Psychic Sophie appeals zoning ruling (UPDATE: loses)

  1. Peter Robinson
    December 4, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Religious freedom is a weasel worded way of saying freedom to sell a load of old twaddle to the gullible, the desperate and the vulnerable. Doesn’t matter if it is used in conjunction with ‘psychics’, roman catholics, islam, scifiology or any other nonsense that chooses to call itself a religion. It is also an oxymoronic phrase since there is no freedom in religion. Only the shackles of believing in and following myths.

  2. Mr. Shreck
    December 4, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Have any of her customers complained or is this lower court judge just using his judgement about psychics in calling her deceptive? Whatever my opinion of psychics and their customers (which isn’t high, you can be sure) I am more troubled by zoning laws that restrict people’s right to do consensual business and live and work where they want. I wonder if chiropractors would be permitted in that same building.

  3. One Eyed Jack
    December 4, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    She has to know this isn’t going to end well… she’s psychic.

  4. Phil
    December 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Being a psychic is not practicing religion. There’s no religion I know of that recognizes mind reading or fortune telling. Also the government regulation of free speech does not apply to private property.

  5. Mr. Shreck
    December 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    There are plenty of Eastern religious traditions where fortune telling is routinely practiced. To my knowledge, the “book” religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are the big ones that forbid it.

    Zoning laws are government restrictions, ergo there are absolutely legitimate free-speech claims to be tested in their application.

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