CNN reports that a snake-handling preacher has been arrested:
The pastor of a Kentucky church that handles snakes in religious rites was among 10 people arrested by wildlife officers in a crackdown on the venomous snake trade.
More than 100 snakes, many of them deadly, were confiscated in the undercover sting after Thursday’s arrests, said Col. Bob Milligan, director of law enforcement for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.
Most were taken from the Middlesboro home of Gregory James Coots, including 42 copperheads, 11 timber rattlesnakes, three cottonmouth water moccasins, a western diamondback rattlesnake, two cobras and a puff adder.
Handling snakes is practiced in a handful of fundamentalist churches across Appalachia, based on the interpretation of Bible verses saying true believers can take up serpents without being harmed.
I feel a strong urge to recommend that all Christian nutjobs should go pick up some puff adders, but I will resist that urge.
Let’s think a little bit here. Aren’t there other ways to tell whether someone really believes in Baby Jesus?
Surely there are. I doubt the snake handling is the only litmus test.
And what is it with Christians and snakes anyway? That’s just so Ozzy of them.
-MC Spanky McGee
MC Spanky McGee is trying to get back in the saddle here at the Trumpet.