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MikeC

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A woman who was bitten by a snake at a church that neighbors say practices serpent handling died of her wounds hours later, a newspaper reported.
Linda Long, 48, was bitten Sunday at East London Holiness Church, where neighbors said the reptiles are handled as part of religious services, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Tuesday.

Long died at University of Kentucky Medical Center about four hours after being bitten, authorities told the newspaper.

"She said she was bitten by a snake at her church," said Lt. Ed Sizemore of the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

Handling reptiles as part of religious services is illegal in Kentucky. Snake handling is a misdemeanor and punishable by a $50 to $100 fine.

Police said they had not received any reports of snake handling at the church.

Snake handling is based on a passage in the Bible that says a sign of a true believer is the power to "take up serpents" without being harmed.

Church officials could not be reached for comment.
 

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mmmmmm.... Why on earth would you even touch a live snake? I'm not real familiar with that verse in the bible, i'll keep it that way.
 

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I read a article one time about a writer from D.C. went to WVa to do a story on churches that handled snakes. He was converted and a believer. I hope he believes in heaven, them copperheads might get him there in a hurry.
 

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I saw one of those news shows that was interviewing members of a pentecostal church that believed in snake handling, drinking poison, etc. They also used electrical shock as a method of showing their faith. Seems like one of the members died as a result of these antics. I am a devout christian but those things just don't make sense to me.
 

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Goes to show you what you get for baseing your whole faith on ONE VERSE of the Bible..
 

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kyblockhead":35uycd1w said:
I saw one of those news shows that was interviewing members of a pentecostal church that believed in snake handling, drinking poison, etc. They also used electrical shock as a method of showing their faith. Seems like one of the members died as a result of these antics. I am a devout christian but those things just don't make sense to me.

That show may have been from around here. I had a guy work for me that played in the band on a TV show with the same stuff. Lost part of a finger to a rattlesnake bite. His name was Slim.
 

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