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Woman pays psychic $30,000 for help with love issues

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Another alleged psychic scam. A local reporter in North Carolina looks into it and for rules for setting up a psychic business and can’t find any. Action 9: Woman pays $30,000 for psychic session. The industry of fortune telling isn’t one that is always taken seriously, but one woman claims she was tricked out of…

Legitimizing occult healing in Russia

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Wait… this just makes the practice of occult look official! Not the way you want to go. Russia Considers Certification for Witch Doctors | Russia | RIA Novosti. Risking a hex, an opposition lawmaker in Russia has drafted a bill to regulate the country’s lucrative occult medicine industry. The bill, posted on the State Duma’s…

Dabholkar anti-superstition law is being applied in India

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The Anti-superstition law at work. Man arrested for practising black magic – Times Of India. About one-and-a-half months after the state government promulgated an ordinance against black magic, witchcraft and other superstitious practices, the Malegaon police on Monday arrested a 32-year-old man from Aqsa Colony area for allegedly duping a woman of Rs 3 lakh…

Anti-superstition law hitting resistance in India

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New law in Indian state is causing a dispute about freedom of religion. Does the bill contain too many “et ceteras“? Indian state outlaws profiting on miracles, summoning ‘ghosts’ – CSMonitor.com. A new law against superstition and black magic in India’s Maharashtra state has triggered a debate between religious groups who say that the state…

Second U.S. state, New Jersey, bans conversion therapy

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NJ joins California in outlawing therapists from practicing the controversial, ineffective and harmful psychological practice of trying to pray away the gay. NJ Governor Signs Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy – ABC News. Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, making New Jersey the second…

Jamaica may repeal anti-voodoo law

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Superstitious practices on the rise. BBC News – Obeah: Resurgence of Jamaican ‘Voodoo’. For hundreds of years Jamaicans have been prevented by law from practising Obeah, a belief system with similarities to Haiti’s Voodoo. Now, campaigners and practitioners believe they have a chance to overturn the law. But Jamaica is a highly religious country. Christianity…

Hypnotists rejoice in Huntington Beach!

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They are free to practice again. Just kidding. It doesn’t seem like this is such a big deal but a reflection of some outdated laws. Ban on hypnotism to be lifted in Huntington Beach. The Huntington Beach City Council has approved the introduction of an ordinance that would repeal a law prohibiting hypnotism. “I just…

Move to repeal Sorcery Act that criminalizes “witchcraft” in Papua New Guinea

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Many stories about witchcraft atrocities have been coming out of PNG. Papua New Guinea Considers Repealing Sorcery Law – NYTimes.com. Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, Peter O’Neill, has vowed to repeal the country’s controversial Sorcery Act after the latest in a string of brutal public killings of people accused of practicing black magic. According to Amnesty…

Strange law in Canada can target “sham” witchcraft. Does that mean psychics?

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Canada’s witch trials: Fake sorcerers and sham psychics abound despite hundred-year-old law | Holy Post | National Post. A little-used law that cracks down on “pretend witchcraft” remains in force more than a century after its enactment, but cities across Canada are still crawling with sham conjurers, fake sorcerers and fraudulent psychics. “I think the…

California bill toughens up vaccine waivers

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California to require waiver for unvaccinated students. Parents who don’t have their children vaccinated will have to get a note from the doctor’s office before enrolling their children in school under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday he has signed into law. AB2109 will require parents who enroll students who have not received…

Most state anti-science bills were defeated last year. Except one.

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Anti-Evolution and Anti-Climate Science Legislation Scorecard: 2012 Call 2012 the Year of the Copycat. Many of the antievolution bills proposed this year were old bills that were simply dusted off and offered up as new. A 2011 Tennessee bill—largely drawn from Louisiana’s infamous 2008 Science Education Act—was revived and signed into law in April. Among…

When legislators stick their heads in the sand, they might just drown. Poor North Carolina.

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Senate Panel OKs Sea-Level Rise Bill Unfazed by a heavy barrage of worldwide criticism and outright ridicule by sources ranging from Scientific American to the “Colbert Report,” the N.C. Senate’s Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee yesterday approved a new version of a bill that restricts the use of scientific modeling in state and local…

New Hampshire antievolution bills ousted

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New Hampshire antievolution bills dismissed | NCSE. “The House Education Committee dismissed two bills this morning that would have dictated classroom lectures on evolution,” the Concord Monitor‘s State House blog reported (February 16, 2012). The bills in question are House Bill 1148, introduced by Jerry Bergevin (R-District 17), which would have charged the state board of education to…