For snake-handling pastors, death from bites is when, not if

Cody Coots, the son of Pastor Jamie Coots who died after a snake bite, gets used to the job.

Just Months After Snake-Handling Pastor’s Death, His Son Is Recovering From Snakebite | WKU Public Radio.

[The article refers to Jamie being bitten but Cody was recently bitten, so I’m not clear what stories about the rattlesnake is being related. However, the younger Coots WAS bitten, refused treatment and did not die.]

Coots is a fourth generation snake handler at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church that his family founded in Middlesboro, Kentucky. It was there his father, Jamie, was struck down earlier this year. “If I had to die at a young age just like he did, ” he said, “it was my time to go, I’ll still carry on in the signs. If I die from handling serpents it wouldn’t bother me. At least I’d be in the good service before I leave this walk of life.”

Coots says his bite is still a little painful but he expects to be back to work this week.

This article is clearer. Late snake-handling pastor Jamie Coots’ son bit by rattlesnake.

Coots, 21, accepts that he will be bitten again. It depends on how much venom the snake delivers in each bite that will determine whether it will be a fatal bite. It is estimated that up to half of all strikes by rattlesnakes and pit vipers may be “dry” with no venom released, especially if they are defensive attacks rather than aiming to subdue prey. But these fundamentalist, Pentecostal pastors ignore all sense and reason. Most people will say, hey, if they want to commit suicide…but what a dumb way to go.

The point I see is that, indeed in this case, there is nothing quite like religion to make people act so senseless.

The elder Coots died in February after a fatal bite during a service. He refused medical treatment. West Virginia pastor Mark Wolford died of a bite last May after refusing treatment until it was too late. His father ALSO died of a bite. Do you see a pattern here? You can’t get more epic fail than that.

  4 comments for “For snake-handling pastors, death from bites is when, not if

  1. May 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    You expect religious fundamentalists to make sense?

  2. Indrid Cole
    May 29, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    Well. at least no one falls asleep during their services.

  3. Lowell
    May 29, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    I thought the whole point of snake-handling was to prove how God protects true believers.

  4. don salter
    May 30, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Well, let’s hope that the “gene(s)” for “stoopidity” ends with the son.

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