Psychic Science is not science fiction. The “psychic detectives” of today, the TV shows that are largely fictional, were not the first to use these methods. Psychic phenomena was used by the ancient peoples and cultures in their arts and sciences as well as in their law courts. Ancient civilizations around the world understood the importance of divination and fortune telling and practiced it as a part of religious ritual and carried it into their religious practices even.
In United States the Freedom of Information Act protects this information and can be freely published. The U.S. Congress has enacted several enactments in order to protect the rights of individuals to make inquiries into psychic mediums and use of spiritual guides or other guidance from unseen advisors. These laws were primarily passed in order to protect against voodoo or fraud and to allow for an open investigation into psychic matters tin tuc khoa hoc.
The first amendment of the constitution protects the freedom of speech and press. It was placed in place to prevent restraints on free speech, which goes against the general principle of the constitution. This is often quoted as the strongest guarantee of freedom of speech in the world and is recognized as such by all nations with universal recognition. The U.S. Congress has repeatedly passed bills to protect the right to practice spiritual and paranormal activities, including readings, telepathic communication, spiritual advice, and predictions, without fear of prosecution under the guise of commercial advertising or endorsements.
The Illinois legislature passed an article I, section 2, of the general statutes that explicitly allows all individuals to practice as a psychic without the need of licensing from the Illinois State Board of Education. The first Illinois State Board of Education approved a set of regulations that govern psychics and other “entertainment industries.” These laws have been criticized by critics as ineffective in ensuring that spiritual practices conform to the standards of the American Association of Psychical Investigators (AAIP) and National Security Agency (NSA). The Illinois State Board of Education also failed to approve a set of regulations regarding psychics that were to be adopted by counties, cities, and other local governments. In a meeting between representatives of the three major religions in Chicago, it was determined that the articles of faith would not interfere with the freedom of religion that citizens are entitled to enjoy. The General Assembly voted to reject the recommendations of the board in an apparent attempt to circumvent the standard of freedom of religion.
Spiritualists are disappointed in the Illinois State Board’s inability to adopt any type of uniform regulation. The proposed ordinance failed to include safeguards that would alleviate possible abuses of psychics and spiritualists who commit fraud and deceit. According to supporters of the first amendment of the constitution, the new ordinance presents no problem with protecting religious speech since a majority of citizens are unwilling to recognize the presence of religion in the overall scheme of life. Spiritualists claim that this is an unfortunate outcome of Illinois governmental bureaucracy attempting to micromanage religion.
Spiritualists claim that they will continue to lobby the State of Illinois to adopt measures that will allow for legally binding agreements between spiritual entities and those who avail of their services. Proponents of the proposed ordinance claimed that the decision was based on the fact that Illinois is a state with a unique history and that previous attempts at regulating psychic activity were not successful. “This just shows how little the legislature knows about the matter,” said Bernardine Hemkers, an attorney representing the Alliance of Secular Humanists. “This is not about religion, this is about human rights,” he added. Attorney Eric Davidson of the Alliance for Secular Humanism in California concurred, stating that there was “a good chance that the state’s new law could open up a wide range of lawsuits.”