Woman fatally bitten by snake in church

Malta.jpegLONDON, 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.

But here is the part I found interesting . . .

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

Why have snakes as part of a religious service?

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.

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