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A New Generation of Ignoramuses Play With Snakes!

July 3, 2012

Last year I wrote a post Empathizing With Delusional Christians. The point of the post was that some persons had been socialized and inculcated into delusional thinking, and simply had no good categories for interpreting reality. In a nutshell: their parents or socializing situation had made them brain dead.

As an example of this type of interpretive stupidity I featured, among others, Pastor Mack Wolford, a member of the ‘Signs’ Pentecostal denomination, who liked to handle highly venomous timber rattlesnakes during services as a demonstration of ‘faith’ in his ‘beliefs’.

A couple of months ago the “serpent-handling” West Virginia pastor died after his rattlesnake bit him during a church ritual, just as the man had apparently watched a snake kill his father years before.

There is apparently a new-breed of young ignoramuses who have been socialized into this stupidity and have little grasp of how reality works.

Young snake handlers say they grasp the power of faith

By Bob Smietana, USA TODAY

Andrew Hamblin, 21, pastor of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., looks into the eyes of a rattlesnake while worshipers sing songs April 13. Hamlin is part of a new generation of serpent handling Christians.

Andrew Hamblin, 21, pastor of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., looks into the eyes of a rattlesnake while worshipers sing songs April 13. Hamlin is part of a new generation of serpent handling Christians.

NASHVILLE – Andrew Hamblin’s Facebook page is filled with snippets of his life.

Making a late-night run to Taco Bell.

Watching SpongeBob on the couch with his kids.

Handling rattlesnakes in church.

Hamblin, 21, pastor of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., is part of a new generation of serpent-handling Christians who are revitalizing a century-old faith tradition in Tennessee.

While older serpent handlers were wary of outsiders, these younger believers welcome visitors and use Facebook to promote their often misunderstood — and illegal — version of Christianity. They want to show the beauty and power of their extreme form of spirituality. And they hope eventually to reverse a state ban on handling snakes in church.

Since the early 1900s, a handful of true believers in Eastern Tennessee and other parts of Appalachia have practiced the so-called signs of the gospel, found in a little-known passage in the King James Version of the Gospel of Mark:

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

While other churches ignore this passage or treat it metaphorically, serpent handlers follow it literally. Their intense faith demands sinless living and rewards them with spiritual ecstasy — the chance to hold life and death in their hands.

Read the rest of the story HERE

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Delusional ignoramuses being delusional… I shake my head. The real tragedy here is that this guy has kids, and very likely he is going to socialize them to be as stupid as himself, and give them the mentally ill framework to put their lives in serious jeopardy. Child abuse in the name of ‘religion’.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 4xi0m permalink
    July 4, 2012 8:09 am

    Interesting. It’s always rattlesnakes, or some other ground-dwelling viper. It seems possible that if you hold a ground-dwelling snake aloft like that, it doesn’t usually bite because it’s disoriented (snakes can’t adapt their behavior very easily). I wonder what would happen if they started handling arboreal venomous snakes.

    • August 15, 2012 3:36 am

      If you were to research your views better you would know that in spite of being easily disoriented, snakes bite their handlers very frequently. Their handling of snakes is about their faith and not about misleading spectators, either within their congregation or interfering cynics.

  2. July 4, 2012 6:08 pm

    if you read the passage carefully you will see that the part about being unharmed is tied to drinking poison not handling snakes. so if these guys are being literal then they should start drinking deadly potions.

    • p louis permalink
      July 16, 2012 3:36 pm

      Idiot.

  3. Reader permalink
    July 4, 2012 9:23 pm

    They drink strychnine as well as handle snakes. I’d like to see them use a cobra or a mamba, though, as well as drink 12-molar HCl and denatured alcohol as a test of their beliefs.

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