Tuesday, February 12, 2008
No Sooth is Good Sooth in Louisiana
I'm not sure if any of my friends from back in good ole Pineville still come 'round these parts, but for the rest of you here's a little taste of just why we had to get the f*ck out of there. We may enjoy medieval reenactment, but living in the Dark Ages all the time got old fast.
Livingston Parish Council refuses to repeal soothsaying ban
Associated Press Reporting
A proposal to repeal the Livingston Parish ordinance outlawing soothsaying died in silence last night before the Parish Council.
The council ignored the recommendation of its attorney, Blayne Honeycutt, who had advised council members to repeal the ordinance in the face of a Wiccan minister's federal lawsuit, which Honeycutt said the parish probably will lose.
A Wiccan woman asked the council to repeal the ordinance, which she said makes unlawful a practice of a recognized religion.
When the council failed to act on his recommendation, Honeycutt advised council members to hire an attorney who specializes in such matters to handle the case.
At a previous council meeting Honeycutt advised the council to repeal the ordinance, saying he was unaware of soothsaying or fortune telling presenting a problem in the parish.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, seeks to have the ordinance declared unconstitutional, seeks a permanent injunction prohibiting the parish from enforcing the ordinance and asks the court to assess damages.