As a reporter I have covered snake handling ceremonies, though never one that turned fatal as one did recently in Kentucky, killing the church’s pastor.
I feel sorry for him and his family...even more so for their misguided view of Christianity. When the church’s view is that a minor verse in the bible “has the same force as the Ten Commandments," then I can only pity them in their ignorance.
For the local police chief to decide he will not prosecute this case because he thinks the state is messing in religion here, I can only add that the essence of injustice is when cops decide which laws to enforce and which to ignore. I hope other officials in the area will see to it that Kentucky’s law against the use of deadly snakes in religious services is followed.
As for that publicity seeking so-called church from Topeka which plans to boycott the Kentucky church’s services this weekend, I can only say these two churches deserve each other.
For the Topeka church truly does not understand one of the Commandments of Christianity is “love thy neighbor.”
I'm just sayin'...