Council Sticks with Ban

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The Meridian City Council Tuesday voted not to rescind a ban on fortune telling that it approved several weeks ago.

The council did so, despite an opinion from its own attorney that the ban is unconstitutional. The vote was 4-1 in favor of keeping the ban.

Council member, Dr. George Thomas of Ward 1, who was the only person to vote in favor of allowing fortune tellers, says it's a matter of preventing a lawsuit.

Meanwhile, Ward 2's Mary Perry, who voted to keep them out of the city, says she voted based on her religious beliefs.

"I read my Bible, too, and it talks about fortune telling and so forth," said Perry. "Everyone has their own opinion and can do what they want but I try to follow what is legal and within my heart, and after praying about something. I kind of go with that."

Fortune telling establishment have been banned in the city for decades. This issue only came up now because a person was interested in opening such a business inside the city.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    here is the bottom line.. the city will only allow here what makes the city look good... since they have a issue with entertainment they have issues with everything ... isnt types of businesses that bring crime is the lack of it causes trouble or low pay businesses.. so have these businesses here even strip clubs lest is honest and all in the open.. and the city makes money... few towns i know stopped all this what ever they saw causes crime.. well fact was they had more crime going on then even the largest city .. per-person ... you just didnt see it is all..
  • by Peabody Location: Valley Road on Apr 8, 2011 at 10:03 PM
    What was the City lawyer basing his reason for it being unconstitutional on,was it relgion or something else? How much harm can one or even two fortune tellers really do? Even if the City won a lawsuit if filed would it be worth the money? Isn't there something in the Bible about mutilating your body but look at all the tatoo parlors or piercing places. Why not ban them? Just asking other than going against the Bible what is the harm in letting them open a buisness?
  • by Constitution on Apr 7, 2011 at 08:16 PM
    For those of you who are confused about the constitution, to set the record straight, it actually says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" That's all folks. There's not anything else written. No separation of church & state. It's meant to keep the government from establishing a national religion. PERIOD! Ignorance reigns where you write of what you don't know. Get informed. The ban was already in effect. The council should have kept their mouth shut & you wouldn't be making these comments. All they did is stay the ban. More power to them. It has nothing to do with Christianity or conservative Christians, etc. It's about scamming & protecting the public from possible illegal activity. All you liberals are riding the same donkey.
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      by Bonnie Clementine on Apr 8, 2011 at 09:03 AM in reply to Constitution
      You are lying to yourself if you honestly believe it has nothing to do with Christianity.
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        by anti-Christian on Apr 8, 2011 at 05:23 PM in reply to Bonnie Clementine
        Explain what you mean by NOTHING to do with Christianity, when clearly it was already banned by a previous city council for other reasons as well. All of a sudden ONE person states her vote was based on her Christian beliefs & it's the Roman coliseum again. The anti-Christians are coming out of the woodwork, please! Read your Constitution again.
  • by Corey Mondello on Apr 7, 2011 at 01:53 PM
    Only the elimination of all conservative Christians will allow all Americans to be free and the world to no longer have to live in fear of the U.S.A.'s imperialist, terrorist holy war. The conservative ideology has never helped mankind in any way, it has not only never helped mankind in anyway, it has oppressed, murdered, raped and killed all those in it's way to gain power. History shows us this. Fact shows us this. James Madison, the "Father of the U.S. Constitution", along with many founders of this country, regardless of their religious or non-religious affiliations, knew keeping politics and religion separate not only preserves each, but helps them flourish: "The number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church and the State."
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      by myth on Apr 7, 2011 at 08:01 PM in reply to Corey Mondello
      So you don't know jack about the Constitution or the founding fathers or conservative Christians, eh? Separation of Church and State Home Page, James Madison on Separation of Church and State, All quotation taken from Robert S. Alley, ed., James Madision on Religious Liberty, pp. 37-94. This quotation is propagated throughout the atheist & separation venues. There is no such statements in the Constitution asserting Separation. Look it up. You are perpetuating a myth. Your words are skewed & unrealistic & frankly untrue. There is NO fact to anything you stated.
  • by jd on Apr 7, 2011 at 01:30 PM
    Where is it the 4 that vote no was because of the Bible. The only one I have seen MS. Perry .She has her right vote the way she feels .If the people that elected her don't like vote her out. As for the all people jumping on the christians that ok ,we know how it will end up. The christian will win with JESUS LIKE IT ARE NOT . That why we have to make for ourself .
  • by Jessy Cumberland Location: Meridian,ms on Apr 7, 2011 at 09:47 AM
    This is ridiculous. I don't understand why Christians seem to have a problem with this but see nothing wrong with jay jay's??? I also don't understand why Christians cannot just simply mind their own business. Was her palm reading in anyway attacking them or their beliefs? Why is it that they seem to find something wrong in everything and anything? In all of the years that place has been open, has she sacrificed any goats or virgins or sold children drugs, etc? I do not believe in fourtune telling but if nothing else, it was a fun and harmless form of entertainment that did not hurt meridian in anyway or the people here. It is wrong and it is sad that it is 2011 and people around here still cannot be themselves, have their own lifestyles and opinions or own a business without some small minded, ignorant and bible thumping lunatics rolling in and screwing everything up. As I said before, I don't believe in any of it but if I did, it would be nice to know that I could if I wanted to without having to be frowned upon and without my interest or beliefs being outlawed. Christians are so worried about witchcraft or homosexuals around here and look around people!! Take a drive through some of neighborhoods at 2 am. I promise, you will see prostitutes and crack dealers taking over this place but I see how it is far more important to shut down a harmless business that has been there for years or worry about what someone else is doing in their privacy of their own homes than actually clean up meridian. Why doesn't anyone want to focus on that? Or a better education system for our children or fun things they can do in their spare time? Where does something like this get us? (excuse any typos. I typed this from my phone)
  • by Duke & Banner Location: California on Apr 7, 2011 at 02:19 AM
    Q: You know how you get your palm read? A: Well, a good start is with genuine Glidden™ paint. Your hand was never redder!
  • by Skepticat Location: NE Mississippi on Apr 7, 2011 at 12:50 AM
    Any chance you politicians could keep your religion to yourself and get about the secular business we've given you to do? This law is illegal and will cost taxpayers a fortune and for what? So somebody can impose their religion as if this were Saudi Arabia. Please obey the Constitution!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2011 at 06:29 PM in reply to Skepticat
      Nobody is imposing their religion on anyone. That's the point. That's the Constitution. The ban is NOT illegal. Somebody get this right. I'd rather have these politicians rather than kooks who don't know the Constitution like you.
  • by Bill Location: San Francisco on Apr 7, 2011 at 12:38 AM
    Banning fortune telling or witchcraft for religious reasons is unconstitutional and wrong - if the government can ban religions you don't like, it can also ban yours. But many parts of the US have banned fortunetelling for decades because "psychics" were scammers who would tell their gullible customers that they had some kind of bad luck curse that they needed to pay a lot of money to get rid of. That can be legitimate, but the lawmakers have to be really careful to only ban frauds and not also ban unpopular religions.
  • by Ol' Jezzy on Apr 6, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    I think it's high time we just end this nonsense and join the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. He's already dictated a set of laws which I have inscribed on some golden tablets. This religion is totally cool; on the 7th day, we all lie around in our sweatpants and play xbox live.
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      by Ol' Jezzy on Apr 7, 2011 at 10:29 AM in reply to Ol' Jezzy
      I realize this comment was very insensitive, but I actually do have a point to this. Just as Christians get upset when others are insensitive to their beliefs, this is how outraged others must feel you discard their religious beliefs or lack thereof. Give Ms. Mary her business, and keep your religion out of politics.
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        by RC on Apr 8, 2011 at 01:16 PM in reply to Ol' Jezzy
        Ol' Jezzy is right...we need to all become Pastafarians and wear pirate outfits. All hail his noodley appendages!
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