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Serpent handlers land a reality TV show

Serpent handlers land a reality TV show

It’s a slow summer news day here at the Episcopal Cafe, so this story from USA Today about a couple of serpent handlers kind of jumped out at me:

A pair of serpent-handling Pentecostal preachers who were profiled in The Tennessean last year are getting their own reality television show.

“Snake Salvation” is set to debut Sept. 10 on the National Geographic Channel.

The series will feature Andrew Hamblin of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., and Jamie Coots of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church of Middlesboro, Ky.

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grace for all

I grew up in southern West Virginia and knew persons who belonged to snake handling congregations. I disagree with much of their theology, particularly challenging natural laws which end in death and claiming it is G-d’s will. That being said, people of southern mountains have been sterotyped and miss understood by main line culture way too much. I am said that reality TV is getting involved. These people are sincere in their beliefs and faith…just leave them alone.

Tim Lusk

Tucson, AZ


Moderators, please! Don’t embed AUTOPLAY videos! }-0

JC Fisher

[fixed – thanks JCF]

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