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A snake-handling Kentucky pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show “Snake Salvation” has died after being bitten by a snake.

According to a news release from the Middlesboro Police Department, someone called for rescue workers about 8:30 p.m. Saturday regarding a snake-bite victim at a church.

When the ambulance arrived, they were told that Jamie Coots had gone home. Contacted at his house, Coots declined treatment. Emergency workers left around 9 p.m. When they returned about an hour later, Coots was dead.

Coots was caught in January 2013 transporting three rattlesnakes and two copperheads through Knoxville, Tenn., for his church. Wildlife officials confiscated the snakes, and Coots pleaded guilty to illegal wildlife possession. He was given one year of unsupervised probation.

There probably is a Law which stops these idiots from getting within five miles of deadly animals and even deadlier venomous snakes, but there’s probably something in the Constitution which states that they’re gonna’ die anyway, so why not just let the ‘stupid’ come right out, and get it over and done with. The only caveat I would make is to ensure that the deadly animal, snake, whatever; isn’t harmed in any way whatsoever: after all, they are just behaving perfectly naturally!

 

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37 thoughts on “Once bitten………ah well!

  1. Actually there are no state laws that prevent these nutters from handling poisonous snakes in church except for one; I think it’s Kentucky. Religious freedom and all that…Many states require them to have a permit and there are regulations against the interstate transport of poisonous snakes. In the past, Georgia tried to ban snake handling in church but the law was repealed because juries wouldn’t convict a violator anyway. It may have been this guy who just died or another one but one of them published an op-ed in the NY Times not to long ago warning against laws preventing snake handling using the slippery slope theory…if we limit this church practice, what other practices will be limited.

  2. //Darwinism indeed.
    http://nicholasstixun//

    I wonder when these racists have a congress or whatever do they chat like, say, philatelists when they gather:

    “Hello, I’m John, I hate Jews and Blacks”

    “My pleasure, Bill. My pet hates are Blacks and Muslims”

    “Interesting that you should say that, my sister used to absolutely despise Blacks and Muslims last year. But then she said she’d been into that too long. Now she’s switched to Irish and Italians and Jews.

    “Oh yes, I think I know what she means, hating Blacks and Muslims can be a bit of a bore; so many people are into that now. Although, I can see its attraction, don’t get me wrong. I just still think it’s interesting ‘though if you add another group or two for variety. Like, I’ve started detesting Armenians as a change, as well of course as Jews and Blacks.”

  3. “Oh yes, I think I know what she means, hating Blacks and Muslims can be a bit of a bore; so many people are into that now

    I think Muslims hate each other enough, no matter how ‘boring’ it gets for some, they are killing each other in the thousands, day in and day out, you would think they get ‘bored’ too with all that hate.

    But no, they just keep on hating each other far more than whitey could ever dream of.

  4. mairin2, on February 17th, 2014 at 3:50 PM Said:

    Actually there are no state laws that prevent these nutters from handling poisonous snakes in church

    Can’t they think of the cheeldren, what happens if one of those get bit?

    If it saves just one childs life.

  5. I for one wouldn’t oppose keeping poisonous snakes out of a space where children are present.

    If some freak had a problem with that, he can bite me, or the snake.

  6. Phantom, on February 17th, 2014 at 5:39 PM Said:

    I for one wouldn’t oppose keeping poisonous snakes out of a space where children are present.

    If some freak had a problem with that, he can bite me, or the snake.

    I agree, but we are talking religion here, there is blind faith and there is total stupidity.

  7. Funny enough…or not so funny…the Georgia law was passed in response to a child’s death…but “the people” basically refused to sanction the law by refusing to convict violators.

  8. Mairin/Phantom

    My point is, I have absolutely no doubt, that amongst all those churchy people, there wil be a righteous somewhere who has no problem vilifying smokers, and labelling those smokers as evil child haters forcing second hand smoke on the cheeldren, but don’t appear to have a problem endangering those same children with poisonous deadly rattlesnakes 😉

    Religion is a strange old world.

  9. I got your point, Harri and thought about your slippery slope arguments/position when reading the snake handler story (I watched parts of the Nat Geo program when it was on too) and watching the news. Religious freedom, right or wrong, is one of the basic tenets on which the US is founded so the arguments against religious practices, no matter how bizarre, will usually tilt the scales of justice in their favor. Here, there are very few practitioners/believers…few interpret the bible as these people do. Nevertheless, if children were forced to handle snakes in the same way that children are ‘forced’ to breathe polluted air in smoked-in cars….child protective services would step in and laws would be passed I’d imagine.

  10. That snake was heavier than it looked.

    I had a US postage stamp made from that and used it for that year’s Christmas cards.

  11. mairin

    I understand after a quick scan that yes there is a Law which the church and it’s followers ignore without penalty, and they do not allow anyone under the age of 18 to handle the snakes, however, a child watching those lunatics adults handling those deadly snakes, being lucky and not getting bit, might be encouraged to actually believe that maybe they are immortal after all, and copy the lunatics adults.

    ‘Jesus saves’ (not on my salary he couldn’t) but I think these people need saving from themselves.

  12. Phantom, on February 17th, 2014 at 6:19 PM Said:

    That snake was heavier than it looked.

    I had a US postage stamp made from that and used it for that year’s Christmas cards.

    Now that is cool.

  13. Phantom

    I do note, you are gripping it’s head rather tightly

    I would have both my hands around it’s throat, or whoever thought it would be a good idea to drape an eight foot killing machine around my neck 😉

  14. Nice photo, Phantom. I thought all of the sons of Ireland were snake shy (hello St Patrick) . :-p
    We get a ton of snakes in our yard in the warm weather thanks to living next to a designated wooded area…they do scare people away in the spring and summer…like most animals, they’re not so afraid of people.

  15. Mostly just garter snakes…not poisonous…but they’re bigger than the ones I grew up with upstate. Not sure why. Most snakes in the northeastern US are harmless unless of course one breaks out of a zoo (which happened last year) in the Bronx. The snakes sun themselves on our front steps when the sun is hot so it scares the city folk away…:-)

  16. Even the very densely populated NYC has seen a slow restoration of wildlife.

    There are wild deer in Staten Island, and sometimes deer roam from Westchester into the Bronx.

    This was not the case 20-30 years ago – the deer got to SI by swimming there from New Jersey.

    Also in the Bronx and SI – coyotes, and wild turkeys.

    And all over – hawks, the odd bald eagle, and a huge number of migratory birds in season.

  17. This was not the case 20-30 years ago – the deer got to SI by swimming there from New Jersey.

    Also in the Bronx and SI – coyotes, and wild turkeys.

    I had no idea Turkeys could swim 🙂

  18. We have Kites, birds of prey and big buggers they are too, they took my wifes favourite duck for lunch two weeks ago

    I don’t know where they took him to lunch, but he ain’t come back yet 😉

  19. The wild turkeys on SI have to be seen to be believed…they’re humongous and sometimes aggressive…big controversy about them…they rule the roost so to speak. The migratory birds are a birdwatcher’s dream. I had a hawk in my yard last year…looked like a young male…. But I haven’t seen him for the past few months. I think he sat in the trees close to my house because he saw his reflection in the windows after the sun passed overhead (he was there in the late afternoons)…or else he was a pervert.

  20. mairin

    Hawks always perch on the highest tree, the gamekeeper here told me that.

    Phantom

    Well hush my mouth, my flabber is well and truly ghasted

  21. The things you learn on ATW…I did not know turkeys could swim or that kites would kill a duck. I’ve seen deers swim…a frantic doggy paddle.

  22. I saw him on the highest trees out back…watching for movement. And from time to time, he’d circle during the day. But in the late afternoon he’d sit in the trees on the side of the house facing my windows in a sunroom after the sun left that side of the house. He hadn’t found a mate yet so I thought maybe saw himself.

  23. mairin

    Kites very rarely land either apparently, they are too big and heavy to take off too many times, it takes far to much energy and is quite dangerous for them, also they prefer to take dead game rather than risk injury taking live animals, I guess our Drake must have been having a bad day 😉

    If I am wrong on any of this, you can blame Phil the Gamekeeper at Luton Hoo 😉

  24. And I thought foxes were all cute and cuddly, until the gamekeeper took me to one of the pheasant pens in the woodlands, and showed me what a fox can do once blood is tasted, they will just keep on killing until they fall down from exhaustion.

  25. BTW…in the days before Hurricane Sandy, little birds tried to get into my sunroom…clinging to the screens…of course when I opened the windows, they’d fly away in fear.
    It’s tough to see birds killed in the wild…so many flying feathers let loose in the frenzy for blood.

  26. Well those deer are certainly citified…they don’t look scared at all…even a mad captain at the helm of a boat don’t scare them!

  27. Noel Cunningham, on February 17th, 2014 at 4:28 PM Said:

    I wonder when these racists have a congress or whatever do they chat like, say, philatelists when they gather:

    “Hello, I’m John, I hate Jews and Blacks”

    “My pleasure, Bill. My pet hates are Blacks and Muslims”

    Noel – when I confer with my fellow racists, we are still astonished at the naivety of whites, naive to the point of wilful, suicidal ignorance. We console ourselves by noting that it is the most stupid of the white race who are ridding us of their particularly dysgenic characteristics. After all, if white women wish to mate with the ‘groid and survive it, then the product will not be white, will not look like the mother or any of her predecessors, and that particular white line will be ended. But for white women especially, if they wish to live a natural life-span, best avoid the ‘groid:

    http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/cabarrus-co-continue-investigation-triple-murder/ndNYh/

    Investigators arrested Darryl Angelo Anderson and are charging him with three counts of murder. They said he killed Sheila Serrano, Sharon Cox and Jessica Cox.

    Family members said Sharon and Jessica Cox were mother and daughter. They said Jessica Cox and Anderson were dating, but couldn’t say exactly what led up to the murders.

    Darwinism indeed.

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