Slow learner

A man has died of a snake bite in West Virginia.  Apparently he had gotten a hold of a book that says, in very clear language, what powers will be granted to those who believe its absurd tale: they would be able to handle poisonous snakes with impunity.  So where most people would put distance between themselves and such a snake if they ever saw one, this guy picked them up.

But there’s a part that makes this unnecessary death even more mind-boggling.

“Wolford’s own dad was a serpent handler who died from a snake bite in 1983.”?

Jesus H. Fucking Christ on a Crutch.

This is what faith does: it makes you disbelieve your own eyes.  For most people seeing their own father flopping around on the floor dying from a snake bite would send you a message that doing this shit is dangerous, and if the bible says it isn’t, the bible is fucking wrong.


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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.