In the city of Yucaipa, California, a “psychic” has recently moved to town and applied for a permit to do “readings” out of his home. He’s in compliance with all the relevant laws, but the good Christian folk of the town are mighty upset about it and trying to prevent him from getting that permit.
The first speaker, George Bedlion Sr., urged the planning commission to deny the home occupation permit.
“I don’t want to see a psychic reader in Uptown Yucaipa,” said Bedlion. “My church sponsors the soap box race and we just don’t want to see this kind of influence. It’s opening something that is not very good,” Bedlion said.
Joél Vincent, a pastor from First Assembly of God Church, was the second speaker opposing the psychic home occupancy permit. Vincent read Bible scriptures and said, “I believe that danger and harm is brought to our community if we encourage this (psychic reader) and God’s own judgment on our city. There’s concern for our children, our youth and all our citizens. I think the Lord would like us to be a city that is thinking of him and is focused on him.”
I don’t think it’s any of your fucking business what other people, in your city or anywhere else, are thinking about or focusing on.
John Pohl said, “Why would you want to come to Yucaipa? We don’t need a business like that. Yucaipa believes in the morals of the Lord and they don’t need a thorn in their eye.”
Flora Pohl said, “I do not like psychics and I don not approve it. There’s so many bad things and I’m not for it. He can pick up and go back to where he came from.”
Sharon Orr, who owns Up town Pets, said she was not in favor of the next door business and the potential problems it could bring.
Ceasar and Yolanda Flores from the Christ the Redeemer Church said they were very much opposed to the psychic reader. “If we permit this, than anything else (can come here),” said Ceasar. “We do not approve or believe in this. Not any part of it.”
“What’s next,” asked Yolanda. “Like my husband said, someone’s gonna sell drugs in front of our church? I’m sorry but I don’t believe good people would go into this business. I’m sorry. I’m against this.”
In political economics there’s a concept called “rent-seeking.” It’s when a business convinces the government to pass a burdensome regulation that protects them from competition and preserve their market share. I think that’s pretty much exactly what is going on here.