Natural Selection in Action?

So that I’m not accused of attacking a strawman, let me say at the outset that I know this guy isn’t representative of most theists. With that said, it continues to amaze me whenever people are this stupid:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/16/us/snake-salvation-pastor-bite/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

And for some jaw-dropping video on this church, check this out:

http://www.tennessean.com/videonetwork/2248175975001/Snake-handling-believers-find-joy-in-test-of-faith

And another one:

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What a messed up belief system.

There are many words I can think of to describe someone who thinks that handling–and even being bitten by–poisonous snakes is somehow made safer if they are “annointed by God.” Here’s a starter list; feel free to add your own choices in the combox.

  • Irrational
  • Deluded
  • Bat-shit crazy

I was tempted to add “mentally challenged” to the list, but that would be unfair to everyone who is mentally disabled and yet smart enough to not handle deadly snakes.

 

About Jeffery Jay Lowder

Jeffery Jay Lowder is President Emeritus of Internet Infidels, Inc., which he co-founded in 1995. He is also co-editor of the book, The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave.


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