Inspired by Snake Salvation to start wrangling poisonous serpents? Newsflash – the practice of “handling reptiles in a dangerous way” has been illegal for over 60 years.
After five churchgoers died from snakebites in church in 1947, snake handling was banned in every Appalachian state except West Virginia. But Snake Salvation Pastors Jamie Coots and Andrew Hamblin skirt the law, taking up serpents in their church services every week. A parishioner getting bitten and dying at one of their services would mean the end of their churches, with legal action to follow.
On tonight’s doubleheader, Pastor Hamblin tries to change local snake handling laws, while Coots works to keep a troubled member of his church devoted to his faith. Will they succeed? Tune into Outlaw Religion tonight at 9P and The Devil Fights Your Mind at 9:30P.