On this episode of ‘What the Fuck Do Religious People Be Thinking?!‘, we take you to Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Kentucky, Middlesboro. Damn that was a mouth full.
Pastor Jamie Coots died of a snake bite. He was bitten by a rattlesnake Saturday during one of his church services. Death. Snakes. Church. Pastors. All words that have been in the same sentence quite a lot these past few years.
Coots was a former bus driver and a star of ‘Snake Salvation’, a reality television show on National Geographic. Coots was handling a rattlesnake to demonstrate his unending faith to his lord and Christ. He was bitten soon after.
He believed he was commanded to handle snakes, and if in danger or bitten he was forbidden to seek medical attention. Instead, it was required that he pray for healing. The family’s strong belief in Pentecostalism, arguably the most important mass religious movement of the twentieth century, is thought to protect them from venomous snakes.
Seriously, guy? All those other pastors dying from this very same thing must have flew under your radar. Or this is one of those “he wasn’t a true man of faith which is why those other guys got a bit and died” moments.
He had one of the rattlers in his hand, he came over and he was standing beside me. It was plain view, it just turned its head and bit him in the back of the hand … within a second, –Cody Winn; Preacher
Emergency responders were called to the scene, but Coots already went home. When the emergency responders arrived at his home Coots had passed away from his snakebite after refusing care.
Coots was carrying on his family’s 100-year tradition “in the name f god”. Coots had allegedly been bit eight times before and he assumed that he would recover like last time. Coots lost a finger in the past from a serpent bite after it rotted and fell off.
Coots death, of course, didn’t change their faith or reasoning. They will continue to handle snakes in his honor; in god’s honor. You’d think after a woman died after a snake biting them at their church in the past that they’d hang up their dangerous practice. Nope.
I guess faith as tiny as a mustard seed means shit to reality.