"Mark Randall “Mack” Wolford was known all over Appalachia as a daring man of conviction. He believed that the Bible mandates that Christians handle serpents to test their faith in God — and that, if they are bitten, they trust in God alone to heal them."
God didn't come through with his end of the bargain, I'm afraid. On Saturday, one of Mark's pets bit him, and he died.
"He was the kind of man reporters love: articulate, friendly and appreciative of media attention."
I'm betting he's not so articulate and friendly any more.
Now, if only we could convince the political equivalents of Reverend Mark to quit handling snakes like Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, we could all avoid getting bit.