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'Snake Salvation'

Kentucky Top Cops Won't Stop

Rattlesnake's Encore Performance

2/21/2014 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The top police force in Kentucky will NOT step in and block a church service featuring the rattlesnake that killed "Snake Salvation" star, Pastor Jamie Coots last Saturday.

TMZ broke the story ... the Middlesboro PD told us they would not enforce a state law prohibiting the handling or displaying of reptiles in religious services.  Police Chief Jeffrey Sharpe told us the government has no business meddling in religious affairs.

So we called the Kentucky State Police ... they have the power to step in and take care of business if the local police refuses to enforce state law.

An official from the Kentucky State Police tells TMZ ... they acknowledge the law prohibits snake handling during services, but says unless they get a call from someone with a "legitimate" gripe, they won't barge into the service.

The new pastor, Cody Coots -- Jamie's son -- made it clear ... the same snake will be used in today's service.

Stay tuned.

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1.

Cindy    

I feel bad for the snakes.

211 days ago
2.

Sieron    

The snake just wants to be left the eff alone, call PETA or sumthin. Bunch of deranged, superstitious creeps

211 days ago
3.

Chris    

Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?

211 days ago
4.

HRH Prince Michael    

I humbly invite Everyone, to please pray for all those afflicted in the Movie-Set tragedy....moments-ago

Please, let the departed rest.


King David Vs. Goliath
King Hezekiah Vs. 185,000 Assyrians
King of Kings Christ Yeshua Vs. Death
The House, always wins:
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211 days ago
5.

August    

Selling your SOUL to Satan ...is always tragic.

211 days ago
6.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Arrest the snake already

211 days ago
7.

Carl    

Gotta love that the police think laws are arbitrary and can be enforced or not at will. If you break a law they feel like enforcing they will tell you they have to arrest or ticket you because it is the law and they don't have any choice.

211 days ago
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HRH Prince Michael    

@TheLimoDriver: Again, a crew-member was killed
on the set of "Midnight Rider". Supposedly, illegal-filming
on a train-track.
"Nutter"? Enough about yourself, chumpster.

211 days ago
9.

RobinM    

I bet the cops won't arrest anyone because a law barring the display of reptiles in religious services would be UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Separation of Church and State, remember?

Now, if the law was written to prohibit, say, the handling of poisonous animals within 10 feet of children in an unenclosed area, without specifying that it only applied to church, then the law would be constitutional.

I'm not a lawyer, but that's my understanding of the law anyway. Harvey really needs to weigh in on this.

211 days ago
10.

Majestik    

I'm sorry for the loss to the family but why the hell do you need props to get the word of your GOD across? Another "REALITY SHOW" hyped up with stunts and bad writing for reality effects. I've never seen this show, nor would I be interested. Give me a reality theme that showcases real talent.

211 days ago
11.

Kelly    

I have no problem with this snake being let loose on the entire congregation.

211 days ago
12.

Sonja    

So the police are admitting that they are allowing laws to be broken? Since when to the police get to decide which laws they will or will not uphold?? They should all be fired. There is no reason they should not be fining that church for breaking the law.

211 days ago
13.

Dawn    

Maybe another one will bite the dust.

211 days ago
14.

Vote2012    

They can't because it's still called freedom of religion I think we still have that freedom left in this country unless the snake police joined the food police to stop it. If these idiots want to kill themselves with snakes it's their right.

211 days ago
15.

Josh    

Good, hopefully a couple more of these idiots will die off.

211 days ago
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