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10 Real-Life Laws That Regulate The Supernatural World
Io9 ^ | June 11, 2014 | Lauren Davis

Posted on 06/16/2014 1:03:57 PM PDT by BenLurkin

3. In San Francisco, you need a license to practice necromancy.

There are laws regulating the practice of magical arts around the world, from the tragic laws that see people killed for supposedly practicing witchcraft, to Canada's laws regulating the "crafty sciences." But Kevin Underhill of the legal blog Lowering the Bar and author of the wonderfully weird law book The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance points to a particularly oddball rule in San Francisco. The city of San Francisco offers fortune telling permits (which includes permission to pretend to practice fortune telling), but then goes on to offer a bizarrely inclusive definition of fortune telling that includes necromancy, or the manipulation of the dead. I imagine that certain types of necromantic practice would run afoul of other city, state, and federal laws, however—not to mention laws of nature.

7. Tibetan Buddhists must apply for a reincarnation license from the Chinese government.

Want to become a tulku, one of the enlightened teachers of Tibetan Buddhism? In China, you'll need to follow State Religious Affairs Bureau Order No. 5 and fill out a reincarnation application. The application will be submitted to the religious affairs department of the provincial-level government, the provincial-level government, State Administration for Religious Affairs, and the State Council. So what happens if you're reincarnated as a living Buddha without a permit? Your reincarnation is deemed "illegal or invalid." Bizarrely, China Daily calls the ban on unlicensed reincarnation " an important move by the government to safeguard religious freedom of citizens according to law."

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1 posted on 06/16/2014 1:03:57 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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2 posted on 06/16/2014 1:12:16 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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I really don’t think its any of the Gay state’s business who I raise from the dead.

3 posted on 06/16/2014 1:13:56 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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The just want to make sure they are registered to vote as a democrat.

4 posted on 06/16/2014 1:22:56 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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I took my troubles to McCoy and Hew,
The law firm way out west on Forty-two;
I asked them if I was facing jail time or a fine
Cuz I drank a bottle of... Love Potion Number Nine!

I told them that I was a flop with chicks,
It’s been the case since ’56;
They said that the state assembly’d raised a legal a sign;
They said that we’re barred from... Love Potion Number Nine!

They cracked the books and wrote a brief,
They quoted the opinion of a justice chief;
But I ignored them at my peril, now I’m doing time
For drinking down that bottle of... Love Potion Number Nine.

I hadn’t cared if it was wrong or right
Just started kissin’ everything in sight
But when I kissed a cop walking Thirty-Fourth and Vine
He threw me in a holding cell in... city precinct Number Nine!

5 posted on 06/16/2014 7:17:04 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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