Monday, February 17, 2014

Darwin Award Nominee

Via TPM:

Pastor Jamie Coots, one of the stars of National Geographic’s “Snake Salvation,” died on Saturday after he was bitten by a snake, police told WBIR.

Coots was allegedly bit while handling a snake at his Pentecostal church in Kentucky, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, and later died in his home, according to WBIR.

A medical team went to Coot’s house, but he refused medical care, Middlesboro Police Chief Jeff Sharpe told WBIR.

Coots was a “serpent handler” who believed that snake bites will not hurt believers, according to CNN.

He had five rattlesnakes confiscated last year by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, where owning venomous snakes is banned.

I’m sorry for his family, but when you live by the snake….

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  1. Coots was allegedly bit while handling a snake at his Pentecostal church in Kentucky, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name

    He had five rattlesnakes confiscated last year by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, where owning venomous snakes is banned.

    Those two lines together say SO much.

    • Coots was a “serpent handler” who believed that snake bites will not hurt believers, according to CNN.

      There’s a “two boats and a helicopter” joke just waiting.

      If more wingnuts handle snakes -um, reality – this way, maybe we’ll see an increase in the percentage of (live) rational people.

  2. The Darwin Award refers to people who die doing something stupid before they can reproduce. Coots already had children so the award should be called Post-Darwin. Unknown if his kids will follow in his footsteps.

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