Snake-Handling Preacher Gets Bitten

Look at this headline: Horror moment US pastor is bitten by a deadly snake during a service leaving him drenched in blood. It appears in the The Sun, a UK tabloid published in London, and they have a comments feature. Here are some excerpts from the story, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

[A] snake bit – and almost killed – a controversial American pastor who was performing a bizarre service with the reptile in Kentucky. Drenched in his own blood, Cody Coots had to be carried out of the Full Gospel Tabernacle church, one of the few in the country which still allows snake-handling. Cody’s father Jamie, 42, was killed when a rattlesnake bit him in a similar ritual back in 2014 but that does not put him off performing the same death-defying service.

Cody’s got courage! Hey — his church is in Kentucky. We wonder if he’s a regular visitor to ol’ Hambo’s creationist tourist attractions? He probably is. Anyway, the tabloid says:

After he was bitten and collapsed on the ground, Cody asked to be taken to the mountaintop where God would judge whether he should live or die. [A reasonable request.] But his friend, also named Cody, instead drove him to the hospital where a doctor said the snake came close to severing his temporal artery which would have killed him.

The tabloid has lots of pictures and videos of the thrilling events. The congregation looks like the “before” photo in a weight-loss commercial. You’ll want to click over there to get the full experience. The tabloid tells us:

His church’s unique way of proving their religious devotion is inspired by the biblical verse in Mark 16:18: “They will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them.” The death of Cody’s father thrust him into the pastor’s role at the age of just 23, making him the fourth generation to take up the snake-handling vocation.

A glorious tradition! The news continues:

In the US, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 7,000 and 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes each year, and about five of those people die. [Only five? That’s good.] And in the past six years, there have been three recorded deaths in the US from snake bites during religious services.

Interesting statistics. There’s lots more in the news article, but we know you’re going to read it all for yourself, so we’ll quit here. All we can say in conclusion is that we wonder if ol’ Hambo has as much faith as Cody. If he does, why doesn’t he show us?

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Victorious Free Fire Zone

We’ve been searching all day, but there’s no news we can blog about. Even the creationist websites are ghastly. As we’ve remarked before, this is actually good news, because they aren’t doing anything that gets them any publicity — but it’s not good for blogging about them.

At this point, it’s like they’re trying to sell the 500th sequel to an old fantasy story, but nobody cares. Would you be interested in watching the show if Batman didn’t have anything to do but write tickets for overtime parking? That’s what it’s like when we visit the Discoveroids and the other outfits.

So for today, it’s up to us to entertain ourselves. Therefore, we’re declaring another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

Hey, for something to get you started, look at this at PhysOrg: Why universal basic income costs far less than you think. Let’s see if you can figure out why it’s incredibly goofy.

Okay, we now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.

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A New ‘Science’ Book from AIG

You already know our opinion of the divine design of the human body. If you missed it, see Buffoon Award Winner — The Intelligent Designer. But not everyone shares our opinion.

We found this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else: New Book by Dr. Tommy Mitchell. It was written by ol’ Hambo himself. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

The human body is a wonderous creation of God. Its amazing design speaks to the great care God used to build it in his image. Answers in Genesis attempts to provide resources to show we are indeed “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

Yes, our bodies are perfect. They never malfunction. Hambo says:

The Digestive System and Metabolism is the fourth book in Dr. Tommy Mitchell’s Wonders of the Human Body curriculum series. This series is an in-depth look at the wonderful design in our bodies and is a great resource to help middle schoolers and others understand the human body in light of God’s creation.

That’s the right way to understand the human body. It’s absurd to consider the similarities to other animals. Hambo tells us:

My good friend Dr. Mitchell was a practicing physician for 20 years before joining us at Answers in Genesis, so he’s very knowledgeable about the human body.

The former practicing physician likes to be called “Tommy” — see AIG’s bio page on him: Dr. Tommy Mitchell. He’s now a full-time, speaker/writer with AIG. It doesn’t take him long to crank out his books. We wrote about the last one only five months ago — see AIG: Your Perfectly Designed Body. As we said then: If we are so “fearfully and wonderfully made” by a “Master Designer,” then why is there any need for physicians?

Anyway, Hambo continues:

In The Digestive System and Metabolism, he describes the digestive system in a clear, straightforward manner (with lots of pictures and illustrations) that is easy to read and understand.

This is the fourth book in Tommy’s series. Out of curiosity, we clicked on Hambo’s link to see what the other books were about. Let’s see … the Musculoskeletal System, the Cardiovascular & Respiratory Systems, the Nervous System. and now the Digestive System. As we suspected — he hasn’t written about the reproductive system. Why?

This is the last of Hambo’s brief post — before a bunch of advertising links:

This resource will equip your students to understand how their bodies function and will inspire them to give glory to God for his creation.

And the next time your perfectly designed digestive system misfunctions, dear reader, blame Adam & Eve.

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Creationist Wisdom #893: Don’t Be Silent

Today’s letter-to-the-editor is a follow-up to #888: Missing Links, which we posted two weeks ago. The new one also appears in the Altoona Mirror of Altoona, Pennsylvania, and they have a comments feature. The letter is titled If you believe in creation, say so.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. Her first name is Donna. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!

In response to Pastor John Leatherman’s July 28 letter, I wish to applaud him and say how happy I am to have someone stand up and say that this theory of evolution can and should be denied.

Donna is happy! She says:

I hope that more and more people will stand up and denounce this ridiculous theory, because it is just that — a theory. [Hee hee!] It’s completely unproven and should have never been accepted as truth.

Go, Donna, go! She tells us:

This theory doesn’t deal with how things came to be. It is only a theory [Hee hee!] of how they continue to be. Creation deals with how things came to be. [Ooooooooooooh!] No human being can take nothing and turn it into something. Only God, the supreme being, can do that.

Brilliant! Donna continues:

Take seeds for instance. Can anyone make a seed, or any one of the millions of different species; animals, plants etc.?

Well, dear reader — can you make a seed? No, of course you can’t. So let’s read on:

Whether you’re a preacher, a teacher or just an average Joe; if you agree with Pastor Leatherman, you have a moral obligation to stand up and say so. [Yeah!] If you believe in creation, say so! If you believe it should be taught to our children; say so. Say it loud.

Imagine how wonderful it would be if there were millions like Donna, all screeching about creationism. And now we come to the end:

If we are silent, as we have been, nothing will change.

Your Curmudgeon considers it a privilege to present Donna’s letter to you, dear reader. Well — you’ve read what she says. Now what are you going to do about it?

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