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'Snake Salvation'

Dead Pastor

Violated Law

2/17/2014 8:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The pastor who died Saturday from a snake bite violated Kentucky law by displaying and handling the deadly reptile during his church service ... TMZ has learned.

Jamie Coots was bitten by a rattlesnake while preaching to his congregation.  He refused medical treatment and died a short time later.

We did some digging ... and found a Kentucky law which says, "Any person who displays, handles or uses any kind of reptile in connection with any religious service or gathering shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $100."

Kentucky Game Warden Ray Lawson tells TMZ ... Coots had proper permits to transport, hold and sell copperhead and timber rattlesnakes, but he acknowledges the state law prohibiting the use of snakes in religious ceremonies.

Lawson says his dept. has no authority to enforce the state law.  He says that's the job of the cops, but they don't enforce it.

We called the police ... but so far no answer.

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31.

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162 days ago
32.

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162 days ago
33.

BB not bb    

If these people are dumb enough to dance with snakes then who is the law to stop them? I think the cops are trying to save face and do what the community wants. They do have discretion over what laws to enforce.

These people are trying to look all badass tough but they are just a pack of fools. Maybe the devil protected them just long enough to make a major fool of them on national TV by suddenly letting the snakes kill the pastor.

Does this really inspire anyone to lead a holy life and follow the law of the Bible? I don't think so. I think it promotes getting a high off of tempting death.

162 days ago
34.

think101    

Slow day Harvey

162 days ago
35.

sophiastormy    

guess he wasn't worthy according to his biblical beliefs

162 days ago
36.

Ladygoodman    

And they have the nerve to get mad when someone makes fun of their beliefs. Smh.

162 days ago
37.

ImSoReal    

Respect the dead

162 days ago
38.

S    

WOW! There really IS a god! Who Knew :)

162 days ago
39.

Mumra the Ever Living    

Since "The Reverend" no longer has any use for his snake collection, can we send them to the Westboro Baptist Church?

162 days ago
40.

DirkDiggler    

If you have a few snakes around, you don't get over-run with rats

162 days ago
41.

Luz    

I hope the authorities destroy all those snakes this crazy had, before someone else put their hands on it.

162 days ago
42.

Sean Kelly    

TMZ... why is this a story? Do you expect the authorities to prosecute a corpse? One less fool on the planet... good news, yes, but not national news.

162 days ago
43.

dig    

Did you try calling 911?

162 days ago
44.

She's baaaack    

Well bless his toxic, dead little heart. At one time he said that he'd rather die of a snakebite with people praying over him than die in a car wreck with people swearing around him. What I say is I'd rather have a bottle in front of me instead of a frontal lobotomy. But that's just me.

162 days ago
45.

kitnplayn    

NOW DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT RELIGIONS ARE CULTS, ALL OF THEM? YOU CAN CHANGE THE FACES, AND CHANGE THEIR CLOTHES, BUT THEY ARE STILL A CULT, BY ACTUAL DEFINITION.

162 days ago
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