A New Generation of Ignoramuses Play With Snakes!
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.
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.
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.
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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’.