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MIDDLESBORO, Ky. — Jamie Coots, a snake-handling Kentucky pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show "Snake Salvation," died Saturday after being bitten by a snake.
Coots was handling a rattlesnake during a Saturday night service at his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Middlesboro when he was bit, another preacher, Cody Winn, told WBIR-TV (on.wbir.com...).
"Jamie went across the floor. He had one of the rattlers in his hand, he came over and he was standing beside me. It was plain view, it just turned its head and bit him in the back of the hand ... within a second," Winn said.
When an ambulance arrived at the church at 8:30 p.m., they were told Coots had gone home, the Middlesboro Police Department said in a news release. Contacted at his house, Coots refused medical treatment.
In 1995, 28-year-old Melinda Brown, of Parrottsville, Tenn., died after being bitten at Coot's church by a 4-foot-long timber rattlesnake. Her relatives disputed accounts that the mother of five had been holding the snake that bit her and disagreed with witnesses who said she refused medical treatment as she suffered the effects of the venom for two days at Coots' home.
The Bell County attorney at the time wanted to prosecute under a 1942 state law that made it illegal to handle or display snakes during religious services. But the judge refused to sign the criminal complaint.
"If the court thought that a trial would act to deter future snake handling in church, my decision would be different," Bell District Judge James Bowling Jr. wrote to the county attorney. "But you and I both know that this practice is not going to stop until either rattlesnakes or snake handlers become extinct."
A little more than a week from Sunday would have been exactly a year since Jamie Coots pleaded guilty to violating Tennessee's exotic animals law. As part of a plea deal, Coots surrendered his vipers.
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A snake handling preacher from Kentucky had his snakes confiscated while traveling through Knoxville, and now he wants them back.
The pastor's five snakes were taken after he was pulled over by a Knoxville Police Department officer on Interstate 40 on Jan. 31. The officer pulled Pastor Gregory Coots, of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus' Name, in Middlesboro, Ky., over for his windows being tinted, and then discovered the snakes in the back seat.
Earlier that same day Coots was pulled over by Tennessee Highway Patrol for speeding, but was not cited.
In the state of Tennessee it is illegal to have any type of poisonous snake.
I have no problem with spiritual people, but a huge problem with spiritual zealots who do stupid things. I understand this man was deeply ingrained with the concept of Jesus and wanted to help others, and I'm no Bible scholar but wasn't Jesus a healer?
Misunderstanding a made up book of falsehoods, molesting poisonous snakes, and dying.
And they're allowed to.
darwinism at it's finest courtesy of le bible.