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.