Council Denies Pagan Group the Right to Tell Fortunes

June 14, 2001

Source: The State Journal-Register

On June 14, 2001, The State Journal-Register reported that "a decades-old law that prohibits anyone from being paid to tell fortunes was reaffirmed by unanimous vote of Hillsboro [Illinois] City Council. The issue came up...when [the Coven of the] Mystic Moon [asked to] hold a fund-raising festival on city property at Lake Hillsboro. Among the games and activities to be offered would be readings of Tarot cards and fortune-telling...The practice of divination, or fortune-telling, is part of their religion, [a member of the Mystic Moon group] said, and he believes the city ordinance violates his constitutional right to freedom of religion...Ryan Jackson, pastor of Redemption Center Assembly of God in Hillsboro, was given permission to address the council, and he presented information he had gathered about paganism, citing references to illicit sex and witchcraft."