Mack Wolford, a flamboyant Pentecostal pastor from West Virginia whose serpent-handling talents were profiled last November in The Washington Post Magazine, hoped the outdoor service he had planned for Sunday at an isolated state park would be a “homecoming like the old days,” full of folks speaking in tongues, handling snakes and having a “great time.” But it was not the sort of homecoming he foresaw.
Instead, Wolford, who turned 44 the previous day, was bitten by a rattlesnake he owned for years. He died late Sunday.
In a superior strike of irony, his father was bitten and died back in 1983.
The article goes on to tell us what a great guy Mack was and I’m have no doubt he was but when handling poisonous snakes is part of your religion,I’ll take a pass, thank you.
Yes, it is true, there are still snake handlers and Holy Rollers and no end of fringe religious groups still in this country in the year 2012.
Praise the Lord and pass the cotton mouth.
Isn’t organized religion entertaining?
Don’t miss the current scandal exploding inside the Vatican either, You couldn’t write a novel with that many plot twists, no one would believe the intrigue and back stabbing in that place.
Any ways, my condolences to Mr. Snake Handlers family and hopefully you will be able to worship in the future without having to have a snake bite kit in your back pocket.