I’m all for an individual having the right to personally believe whatever religion, or religious principles, that they want. As long as they’re not trying to force others to believe what they do, whose business is it of anyone to tell them that they’re right or wrong?
I also do my best not to judge others for their religious beliefs. Though I admit that I struggle mightily with that when it comes to Scientology.
That being said, if you handle venomous snakes believing that those “anointed by God” won’t be harmed by them if bitten – you’re an idiot. And if you do happen to get bit by one of these venomous snakes, then refuse medical attention to treat the bite, you’re an even bigger idiot.
During a church service with his congregation in Middlesboro, Kentucky, Mr. Coots was bitten on his right hand. Emergency services were called to the church, arriving around 8:30 pm, but Coots had already gone home.
Emergency services then proceeded to go to his home to take him to the hospital to treat his bite. Only when they showed up, he refused to go to the hospital despite their dire warnings.
Well, as one might expect to happen after someone is bitten by a deadly snake – Mr. Coots later died.
For the record, Mr. Coots had lost half a finger previously to a snake bite.
Now, one would think that if you believe those “anointed by God” aren’t harmed by snakes, and you had already lost half a finger, you might think to yourself, “Hmm, maybe I’m not anointed by God. The snake not only bit me, but it took half my finger.”
Then again, as many dangerous snakes as this guy had handled I guess the “shocking” part of this story isn’t that he died, it’s that he hadn’t been killed by a snake bite long ago.
And while all death is tragic, I can’t exactly say that this is a tragedy. The man ignored science, nature, reality, sanity and just about every other logical possible realm of existence and messed around with extremely dangerous snakes. Then even when he was offered medical help, and encouraged to go to the hospital by medical experts, he refused.
His ignorance and absolute stupidity are why he’s dead.
It was dumb enough to handle these venomous snakes in the first place. But then to refuse medical treatment after being bitten? I just have to shake my head at that level of idiocy.
Though I feel bad for his friends and family who will undoubtedly miss him, his death is a perfect example of what happens when religious delusion meets biological scientific reality.