We’ve talked about this a bit on the podcast, but it should come as no surprise that one of the people involved in the Snake Salvation reality show has been killed handling venomous snakes.
Pastor Jamie Coots of Kentucky’s Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, was killed when the snake that he was handling bit him. Coots refused medical treatment, convinced that God would save him. He was wrong.
Jamie Coots last wish was that his parishioners, what few of them there actually are, would take his snakes and handle them over his coffin and some even considered it. “I knew people were wanting to do church and we couldn’t do that in the funeral home because that would be breaking the law,” said his son, Cody. “I didn’t want to disrespect the funeral home by saying ‘hey, we’re wanting to have snakes here’.”
Of course, this doesn’t stop any of these crazies from continuing their idiotic practices. Son Cody Coots has taken over the church and says he will continue to handle snakes as his father did. Maybe he’ll end up dead, just like dear old dad.
Now I know this is the deep south, where people aren’t that bright and religion is the norm, but I can never understand why the authorities refuse to enforce the law on these people. Owning venomous snakes is a crime. The snakes at both Coots’ and his Snake Salvation co-star Pastor Andrew Hamblin from Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, TN, have been confiscated many times and they just go catch more. A judge in 1995 refused to allow Coots to be prosecuted for his practices because he decided that no one should be prosecuted for their religious faith. People have died in their churches before, in fact the judge’s ruling came in response to the 1995 death of Melinda Brown, 28, of Parrotsville, TN, who was killed following a bite from a large rattlesnake in Coots’ church. I guess religion means more than life to these people and it’s sad.
Ah well, here’s hoping for a lot more snakebites, I guess that’s one way to weed out the religious idiots. One thing nobody is saying is that apparently, Mark 16:15-18 isn’t true or Jamie Coots wasn’t worthy. Maybe the church ought to try chugging a big bottle of poison too, see how that works out for them? I’d pay to see the carnage.