Thursday, November 09, 2006

Woman fatally bitten by snake in church


Woman fatally bitten by snake in church

LONDON, Ky. - A woman who was bitten by a snake at a church that neighbors say practices serpent handling died of her wounds hours later, a newspaper reported.

Linda Long, 48, was bitten Sunday at East London Holiness Church, where neighbors said the reptiles are handled as part of religious services, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Tuesday.

Long died at University of Kentucky Medical Center about four hours after being bitten, authorities told the newspaper.

"She said she was bitten by a snake at her church," said Lt. Ed Sizemore of the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

Handling reptiles as part of religious services is illegal in Kentucky. Snake handling is a misdemeanor and punishable by a $50 to $100 fine.

Police said they had not received any reports of snake handling at the church.

Snake handling is based on a passage in the Bible that says a sign of a true believer is the power to "take up serpents" without being harmed.

Church officials could not be reached for comment.

(I guess she wasn't a "True Believer")

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did the snake have a forked tongue? Was there an apple nearby, perchance? Was her name Eve? What the devil are they doing playing with snakes? Was the Minister cross?

Stardust said...

daniel - like the article says, snake handling is based on a passage in the Bible that says a sign of a "true believer" is the power to "take up serpents" without being harmed. Um...I guess she must have been a "doubting Thomasina". Religion makes people do the most asinine things.

Tommy said...

Just imagine if the passage in the Bible read "take up sharks"?

MichaelBains said...

Snake handling is a misdemeanor and punishable by a $50 to $100 fine.

And sometimes Death.

D'oh!