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    Quote Originally Posted by agalisgv View Post
    By handling the snakes, it illustrates Christian victory over evil and Satan.
    Correct. Most snake handlers cite Mark 16:17, which states that Christians "will take up serpents and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them."

    As for this being an example of Darwinism, the guy already had kids, plus he was the son of a man who died the same way, so that isn't applicable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Forrest View Post

    I hate to sound mean, but this is just another Darwin Award nomination.
    in this case, I dont mind sounding mean at all

    a little natural selection here and there is good for the herd
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis@BC View Post
    I just read a novel featuring a fundamentalist church that used snakehandling. A parishoner died, but they covered it up by dumping her in her yard to make it look like she'd been bitten while gardening.

    *shudder*

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    I'm reading the same book right now.

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    I'm rattled by this

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    The good pastor has gone on to meet hisssssssssss maker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southpaw View Post
    The good pastor has gone on to meet hisssssssssss maker.
    Oh, Thelma...

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    Oh boa, I don't see why anyone would asp-ire to this form of religion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyNC View Post
    Oh boa, I don't see why anyone would asp-ire to this form of religion.
    Me neither, I hate snakes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyNC View Post
    Oh boa, I don't see why anyone would asp-ire to this form of religion.
    Fangs for the laughs.

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    Ick. What a story. I'll just slither away from thisssssss one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LilJen View Post
    I'll just slither away from thisssssss one.
    Yeah, maybe I should strike out on my own as well.
    Last edited by heckles; 05-31-2012 at 11:02 PM.

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    And to think the snake was a pet named Sheba. He must have pissed her off when he put her down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    And to think the snake was a pet named Sheba. He must have pissed her off when he put her down.
    It seems as though Sheba put him down.
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    Sheba and the fact the people with him didn't bother taking him to the hospital until, as the local newscaster quoted "it was really, really bad." West Virginia Wild and Wonderful. I'm curious as to why he was allowed to hold the service in a state park on Memorial
    Day weekend. With an endangered species.

    I went along as a TA on an ecology field trip while in college. We had state permits to collect. We were staying in a state park and had to be very discrete with anything we brought back to camp. Another TA and I were out with a group of students. We'd just found them a baby Cottonmouth (very venomous) which we dispatched with chloroform. We were down near a swamp and the other TA shouted here comes a big snake.
    Me: What kind?
    Him: Some kind of water snake. It's OK. I'll catch it with the tongs and you bag it. (First clue was the fact the snake was coming to us and not swimming away)
    Me: Uh, that's probably not a good idea. That's probably a cottonmouth
    Him: No. It's a diamondback water snake (non-venomous)
    He turns around with a big snake in the tongs. Waving it in my face. I grabbed the bag and did the trick where you shake it and tie a knot before the snake has a chance to come back out of the opening and up your arm. We didn't have anything to kill it with in the field so we took it back to camp. Needless to say when we opened the bag a very large, very mad cottonmouth came out. No question as to what he was. There were kids and people everywhere. While I was shouting curses at the idiot who can't tell a cottonmouth from any other snake although he thought he was soooooo smart, 6 of us grabbed tongs and held it down while we injected it with euthanasia. Our prof was yelling at me that I should have known better and I told him when a big, angry snake is shoved in your face, you don't take time to make a close inspection; you shove it in the bag and hope it doesn't bite you. We all had a little religion that afternoon. Then I had to bear the humiliation of having my dad yell at me that I knew exactly how to tell a cottonmouth from any other snake while in the water and the fact I didn't see it swimming was no excuse. I was feeling pretty proud of the fact I bagged it without getting bit and nobody paid any attention. Of course, if I'd known what it was, the students and I'd have left Greenway holding it in the tongs and yelled advice from the road on how he was going to let it go.
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    In fairness, when it comes to rattlers, it's not just Pentecostal snake-handlers who can be dumb about getting help. About the ONLY way for a grown adult to die from a Masasauga bite (after REALLY getting on the snake's nerves as they're very mild-mannered and hard to provoke) and there have been guys up north here who've died or lost a limb because they are MANLY men who don't need a hospital. (And, well, manly women who can be just as dumb.) I have no idea what they thought they were proving....

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