Romanian Fortune-telling Follow-up ….

March 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Romanian witches and fortune-tellers have won their battle. At least for now.

This past Tuesday, 249 Romanian deputies rejected a bill which would have forced fortune-tellers, or witchcraft practitioners, to pay a fine or go to jail if their predictions were wrong.

Ten deputies supported the new legislation, while six abstained.

The bill, which passed the Senate last month, would also have required receipts to be provided to all customers, and have prohibited such businesses from being located near churches or schools.

Politicians who brought the legislation forward claimed they were looking to regulate occult practices and trying to prevent ‘the devastating effects of witchcraft’. Others disagreed.

Some commentators felt the move was nothing more than a governmental diversion tactic meant to avoid focus on bigger problems faced by the country.

Earlier this year, new legislation requiring fortune-tellers to pay taxes incensed many Romanian witches, leading some to dump poison mandrake into the Danube in an attempt to hex the government.

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