Jesus doesn’t save… the stupid. It was only a matter of time.
A Kentucky pastor who starred in a reality show about snake-handling in church has died — of a snake bite.
Jamie Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated, Middleborough police said.
Snake handling is illegal in Kentucky. Laws were passed in other states due to deaths just like this. He didn’t care, apparently. He believed God protected him. Religion, arrogance and stupidity trumps all. He had been bitten nine times previously and refused treatment each time. Why this bite killed him is unknown. He had also been arrested for possession of the venomous snakes.
Half of his right middle finger is gone as a result of a fang from a yellow rattler. In 1995, a woman who was bit in his church refused to go to the hospital; she died on Coots’ couch while church members prayed over her.
According to this local media outlet, Coots was found dead in his home at about 10 p.m. Saturday after a snake allegedly bit him at his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church. Authorities urged Coots to get medical care, but he refused and died about an hour later.
Coots been part of the TV show Snake Salvation. The other pastor featured on the show got into legal trouble for obtaining dangerous snakes. The snakes had been badly cared for.
Pentecostal Pastor Mark Wolford died in May 2012 under similar circumstances when he refused treatment for a rattlesnake bite during a service in West Virginia.
While this is illegal, I do not see authorities regularly attending these services and shutting them down. They do not ONLY pose a hazard to the preacher but to other people around. And, these people are not properly caring for their animals. The religious freedom argument holds no weight here – this is a public danger. [Addition: They won’t enforce the law.]
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