‘Snake Salvation’: New reality show about Pentecostal snake handlers

Not clear who thought this was a good idea.

Serpent-handling pastors to star in ‘Snake Salvation’ reality show | The Tennessean | tennessean.com.

A pair of serpent-handling Pentecostal preachers who were profiled in The Tennessean last year are getting their own reality television show.

“Snake Salvation” is set to debut Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. Central time on the National Geographic Channel.

The series will feature Andrew Hamblin of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., and Jamie Coots of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church of Middlesboro, Ky.

“If one person sees it and it converts them or causes them to go to a church, then it will be worth it,”

The aim of the show from the view of the participants is proselytizing. The view from the producers appears to be exploitation.

The series will show scenes from church services where worshipers handle snakes – an oddity in today’s modern world and something seen as bizarre (and dangerous). One of the participants said he likes the attention and opportunity to share his faith with a wider audience. Great, we need more people buying into such dangerous nonsense.

Here is Coots in legal trouble, an episode that will feature on the show.
Serpent handling pastor experiences snake take | Doubtful News.

Here is a story on the tragic results from such a stupid activity.
Pastor dies in snake-handling ritual (Updated) | Doubtful News.

  5 comments for “‘Snake Salvation’: New reality show about Pentecostal snake handlers

  1. Chris Howard
    August 8, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    I have relatives in Eastern Kentucky who practiced this, as well as drinking poison.

    My grandfather, a deacon, used to milk the snakes before the service, prior to handling. I think they used to dilute the poison, too?

    In any event, the followers had horrible health issues. Apparently the ingesting of poison over the years causes a slew of comorbid issues. Duh?

    Usually the deaths got hushed up, the excuse tended to be religious freedom.

  2. August 8, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Any chance thy’ll drink some undiluted poison for the cameras?

  3. August 9, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Like everything else on Television, it is entertainment. One of the ways the population can be occupied and kept happy. It stops them rioting or having a revolution.

  4. Brian
    August 9, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    *rethinks getting cable* Then again… I’ll only watch that which will not curdle my brains! I have a small, small cross section of things I will watch- and guess what- that sort of (CENSORED) is not on the list.

  5. August 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    My Kentuckyan dad tells me of a visit to a snake-handling church when he was a youngun. (He and some friends would visit various churches, partly out of a sort of anthropological curiosity. He’s nominally a believer but I think he’s more of a skeptic than he lets on.) He said it was one of the weirdest things he’d ever seen, and at one point wanted to run for the door as he feared for his own safety. Never went back, obviously.

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