Truthfully I love snakes, Black Racers and Corn snakes here in Florida, they keep the fruit rats in check very well thank you.  

Other aggressors of vermin are variants of poisonous Rattlers, include the Southern Copperhead,  The Highland Moccasin,  Florida Cottonmouth, The Water Moccasin, Eastern Diamondback, Timber Rattlesnake (Photo), Canebrake Rattlesnake, Dusky Pigmy, Pigmy Rattler, Ground Rattler, Coral Snakes, and Boas, and huge (20ft) Anacondas on occasion keep people in check.  We rescue the Racers and Corn snakes and they have a nice place in our garden and no fruit rats or other vermin.

Snake handling is a religious ritual, totally friggen stupid and dangerous in a small number of very fundamentalist ignorant dumbass Christian churches in the US usually characterized as rural and Pentecostal, the most popular the Church of God with Signs Following.   Again a Church with constituents who are weak and more than a little stupid, severely handicapped by bullshit and idiots who use the snakes a s control devices.

I had once said no one could be that stupid to believe a proverb that would endanger you and I was wrong, they are stupid people who don’t challenge common sense, weak minded, and ignorant to follow this dangerous route.  

"They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:18) "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." (Luke 10:19)  

Obviously Mark and Luke knew nothing about poisonous snakes.  If you are not a true believer,  its possible the snake is having a bad day, and  you might have a problem, it could backfire... 

JUNE 21, 2012 (CNN)
Mack Wolford, 44, the Dean of the Pentecostal serpent handlers in Appalachia, was laid to rest Saturday at a low-key service at his West Virginia church a week after succumbing to a snake bite that made headlines across the nation.  

Note:  History repeats itself, Wolford’s own dad was a serpent handler who died from a snake bite in 1983.  

FEBRUARY 18, 2014 (CNN)
A Kentucky pastor who starred in a reality show about snake-handling in church has died -- of a snakebite.  Jamie Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated, Middlesboro police said.  The practice is illegal in most states, but still goes on, primarily in the rural south dumbass community. 



Religion tries to alter learning.  Ignore the books banned by the Texas Library School Board, also known as the Burn in Hell Fundamentalists... the extremely ignorant church ladies and a man or two who are fundamentally so incorrect.  And all on the board from one church were bused in volume to an unannounced meeting to determine the books in school libraries that are allowed in Texas.  But it has screwed up learning by taking classics of literature and not made them Christian enough.  

The worst part of this stupidity are the states who also do not have School Library Boards who said, “ What’s good for Texas is good for us”.  And they adopted Texas rules.  Deducting the 17 million dollars Trump cut from education, we are killing our children with more ignorance from ignorant people.   Politics do not belong in school or churches.  What we read , see and question, is protected by the first amendment, it’s called Freedom of Speech.  

Here are the Books those Christians banned from school libraries. they also banned Thomas Jefferson for his views on Separation of Church and State.

Native Son   *  Of Mice and Men  *   The Pentagon Papers  *   Sophie’s Choice  *   Slaughterhouse - Five *  Ulysses     
To Kill a Mockingbird    *   The Color Purple   *  Death of a Salesman Howl  *   The Catcher in the Rye...
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire    *   The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn   *  James and the Giant Peach
Brave New World   *  Lord of the Flies  *   Gone With the Wind  *   and others...

Your kid will be exposed to ADAM and EVE and a SNAKE. The big bang theory, scientifically disproven.   Instead of the proven theory that Amino Acids triggered by water vapor from asteroids landing on the molten mass called earth containing a catalyst that created the first cells on earth.  You are building an idiot by allowing this as the thinking which it is not and its time the states got their own book boards.  
This is a crime against the first amendment.  The freedom of speech.

Potter did other strange stuff. Thats called fantasy.  I find that pretty amazing since the loyal readers of the Texas Taliban often call the Potter books blasphemy and out of the box.  But the Bible has a lot of of stories of begetting, beheading, all kinds of sex, incest, murder, wars, and plagues... brothers killing brothers, weird sacrifices, nothing as nice as you might think.  Dump the Texan Statute in your state school system.



It’s bad enough when people who believe in fairy tales and stories passed off as reality promote the stuff but sooner or later intelligent people find the truth.  It’s all part of selling a program and making someone believe in a hypothesis that has no legs.  Politicians, Pastors and Crack-Head fake religious grifters all belong in one category.  Bullshitters and Liars.

Creationism called “absolutely horrible hypothesis”—statistically speaking.   All life on Earth evolved from a single-celled organism that lived roughly 3.5 billion years ago, a new study seems to confirm.  The study supports the widely held "universal common ancestor" theory first proposed by Charles Darwin more than 150 years ago.

Using computer models and statistical methods, biochemist Douglas Theobald calculated the odds that all species from the three main groups, or “domains," of life evolved from a common ancestor.  The domains are bacteria, bacteria-like microbes called Archaea, and eukaryotes, the group that includes plants and other multicellular species, such as humans.

The “ Best competing multiple ancestry hypothesis" has one species giving rise to bacteria and one giving rise to Archaea and eukaryotes, said Theobald, a biochemist at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.  But, based on the new analysis, the odds of that are "just astronomically enormous," he said. "The number's so big, it's kind of silly to say it"—1 in 10 to the 2,680th power, or 1 followed by 2,680 zeros.

Theobald also tested the creationist idea that humans arose in their current form and have no evolutionary ancestors.   The statistical analysis showed that the independent origin of humans is "an absolutely horrible hypothesis," Theobald said, adding that the probability that humans were created separately from everything else is 1 in 10 to the 6,000th power.

All species in all three domains share 23 universal proteins, though the proteins' DNA sequences—instructions written in the As, Cs, Gs, and Ts of DNA bases—differ slightly among the three domains (quick genetics overview).

The 23 universal proteins perform fundamental cellular activities, such as DNA replication and the translation of DNA into proteins, and are crucial to the survival of all known life-forms—from the smallest microbes to blue whales.

A universal common ancestor is generally assumed to be the reason the 23 proteins are as similar as they are.   That's because, if the original protein set was the same for all creatures, a relatively small number of mutations would have been needed to arrive at the modern proteins, he said. If life arose from multiple species—each with a different set of proteins—many more mutations would have been required.

"What I wanted to do was not make the assumption that similar traits imply a shared ancestry ... because we know that's not always true," Theobald said.

"For instance, you could get similarities that are not due to common ancestry but that are due to natural selection"—that is, when environmental forces, such as predators or climate, result in certain mutations taking hold, such as claws or thicker fur.

Biologists call the independent development of similar traits in different lineages "convergent evolution." The wings of bats, birds, and insects are prime examples: They perform similar functions but evolved independently of one another.

“Evolution," he said, "should not be given any special status."