Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Whoa! Simpsons Moment

Every Simpsons fan will remember that in the episode "Homer the Heretic," when Homer asks Moe to join his church, Moe declines, saying that he was born a snake handler and will die a snake handler. Scratch Kentucky of the list of potential home states...

A woman is dead after being bitten by a snake during a Sunday church service, the Laurel County Sheriff's Office said yesterday.

Neighbors near East London Holiness Church on Smith Brewer Road, which officials said the 48-year-old attended, said the church practices serpent handling.

Snake handling is based on a passage in the Bible, in the Gospel of Mark, that says a sign of a true believer is the power to "take up serpents" without being harmed.

It is illegal in Kentucky to handle reptiles as part of religious services. Snake handling is a misdemeanor and punishable by a $50-$100 fine.


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