Friday, July 10, 2009

All Of A Sudden, It's A Problem?

One wonders if a xian streetcorner preacher would be asked to leave, as well. If she's not charging, I don't see how they can make her follow their rules for vendors.

After spending the past six summers giving free tarot readings beneath the redwood trees of Bolinas Park, the Rev. Joey Talley, the "Good Witch of West Marin," has come to think of herself as a part of the Fairfax Farmers Market.
Managers at the Marin Farmers Market see things differently. The organization, which operates eight farmers markets throughout the Bay Area, says Talley has never applied to work as a vendor or entertainer at the Wednesday night market, and they've asked her to leave.
"We don't want the market to become a free-for-all festival," said market manager Amelia Spilger. "I've had to turn down (applications from) masseuses, chiropractors and holistic healers. They all have a place in the community, but we have limited
space in the market."

PIcture found here.


Makarios said...

Actually, a Christian streetcorner preacher might well be asked to leave--or forced to leave. See, for example, the judgment of the federal district court in Decker v. City of Athens, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55348 (ED TN, June 29, 2009). One could distinguish on the facts, of course, but the bottom line is that Christians enjoy no blanket immunity.

Livia Indica said...

Six summers and no problem? And now she has to leave? I don't know the full story of course but I call bullshit on that!