Woman Dies After Snake Bite At Church
[LONDON, Ky.] –
A woman has died after being bitten by a
snake at a Kentucky church that people say practices serpent
The Lexington Herald-Leader says 48-year-old Linda Long was
bitten Sunday at East London Holiness Church and died at a hospital
about four hours after being bitten.
A sheriff’s official says Long said she was bitten by a snake at
Handling reptiles as part of religious services is illegal in
Kentucky, and police said they had not received any reports of
snake handling at the church.
Snake handling is based on a passage in the Bible that says a
sign of a true believer is the power to “take up serpents”
without being harmed.