Snake-handling Preacher Dies of Snake Bite

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    Full article: http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/16/us/snake-salvation-pastor-bite/

    I will never understand the rationalization of people who believe praying to their god is all that's needed to keep them safe and prosperous.
     
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    I recall this exact thing happening to a pastor and then to his son too in South America (I think). Family guy parodied it too :D
     
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    Wow, quote of the week.
     
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    Well, Darwin sure won this round of the Evolution vs Creationism debate... :D
     
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    I guess he thought faith and probability were the same thing.
     
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    He might have misinterpreted "serpent" to mean "poisonous snake" in Mark 16:18. Attending a bible college or seminary could have prevented such a tragedy.
     
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    Boas are much more forgiving when you are proven wrong. :)
     
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    I think a Boa would bite a whole lot more, and those bites hurt pretty bad(so I've heard). Venomous snakes don't just go around wasting, so they probably bite less.
     
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    I've had several pet boa constrictors over the years, and mostly they are docile as long as you keep them fed. ;) I may have been stuck a couple of times, but it never tried to really bite me.
     
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    Do you play loud music, jump up & down with the snake, and shouting while passing it of to multiple handlers? :p
     
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    Frankly I think that would be unsettling for the snake, making it more likely to bite. :)
     
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    Really think they should be testing their faith with black mamba's. it would eliminate the church if a few days. Most of these churches are in isolated low income locations where education is a pretty low priority.
     
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    Does your bigotry hurt when you express it? Cause it should.
     
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    Where is the bigotry? did I say they were dumb rednecks? the churches tend to be in low income isolated communities. And yes the people tend to have lower education. not sure how else to say it really. I did not pass judgment on them as people but as idiots for handling snakes. sorry that offends you.
     
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    Please explain how this is bigoted, he has a point with regards to the very premise of this thread. You play with the bull, you deal with the horns; you play head of the snake, you deal with the fangs. Plain and simple, regardless of any religion tacked onto it.

    Furthermore, From the Dictionary:

    No intolerance mentioned in his post, so it makes us believe you don't know the meaning of the word.

    BL.
     
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    I actually hope the remaining staff are smart enough to discontinue the practice. I don't find this to be that funny, because the person really sounds stupid or misguided rather than disingenuous. In the case of the preacher, he was apparently brought up around it. I do hope their remaining staff learns from this.
     
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    I wonder why nobody has started a sitting in giant furnaces church yet. Good old Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from Daniel 1-3 could stand in a giant Babylonian furnace because of their faith.
     
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    I'm trying to imagine what a giant furnace would cost to run.
     
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    I know...it's mean and nasty...but I love it!
     

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    Good for him!!

    (I'll assume it's a good thing when one goes to "heaven"?!)
     
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    Don't see how. Given the risk level, this can't be the first time this has happened. They get something they need from the practice so unless that need goes away there's little reason to change. The price is just the price.
     

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