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Old 11-08-2006, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Woman fatally bitten by snake--in church

I'm actually surprised this doesn't happen more often with "serpent handlers":

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LONDON, Ky. (AP) - A southeastern Kentucky woman was bitten by a snake during a church service and later died, a law enforcement officer said. Linda Long, 48, of London died Sunday at University of Kentucky Medical Center, said Brad Mitchell, a detective with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

Long died about four hours after the bite was reported, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Officials said Long attended East London Holiness Church. Neighbors of the church told the newspaper the church practices serpent handling.

Lt. Ed Sizemore of the Laurel County Sheriff's Office said friends went with Long to a local hospital Sunday afternoon, and she was taken to UK.

"She said she was bitten by a snake at her church," Sizemore said.

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 reports about snake handling at the church.

Snake handling is based on a passage in the Bible, in the Gospel of Mark, 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.

The funeral was scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Arthur's Chapel Church in Rosehill, Va., according to the Rosehill Funeral Home.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com
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Old 11-08-2006, 04:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Snake handling is based on a passage in the Bible, in the Gospel of Mark, that says a sign of a true believer is the power to "take up serpents" without being harmed.
Guess she wasn't a true believer.
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Old 11-08-2006, 05:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 11-08-2006, 06:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 11-08-2006, 06:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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they might as well be playing Russian Roulette(sp?).
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Old 11-08-2006, 07:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 11-08-2006, 07:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I seriously hope some people go to jail for involuntary manslaughter for this.

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Old 11-08-2006, 09:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The reason they aren't bitten more often is that even venomous reptiles are not usually aggressive. There is simply nothing in it for them...their venom is for killing prey and only secondarily for self defense, and if these people are relatively calm around them they won't feel threatened enough to bite. I was almost a herpetologist at one point (changed my mind in college) and have been around venomous reptiles quite a bit.
Of course, intelligent people should never take chances around something that can kill, and wild animals are unpredictable at best, but venomous reptiles on this continent are notoriously mellow compared to the rest of the world (and their venom is relatively weak compared to mombas, sea snakes and the like).
These cults would die out pretty quickly if they were using cobras, mombas, bushmasters or other notoriously venomous and short-tempered snakes from other places in the world.
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Old 11-08-2006, 11:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Sooooo much irony.
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Old 11-09-2006, 12:51 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I seriously hope some people go to jail for involuntary manslaughter for this.
Let's throw that damn snake in the slammer!
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