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November 28, 1991 | BILL SNEAD, THE WASHINGTON POST
"When I die, I wanna snake-bit die." Dewey Chafin's voice is soft as gauze, but the sentiment is hammered iron. You can't doubt a man's sincerity when he's standing at a pulpit holding two squirming rattlesnake. "Yes, Lord," answers a parishioner. "Praise Jesus," answers another. This is the Church of the Lord Jesus in Jolo, W. Va., the last state in the union where religious snake handling is legal. The church isn't affiliated with any Christian denomination.
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November 28, 1991 | BILL SNEAD, THE WASHINGTON POST
"When I die, I wanna snake-bit die." Dewey Chafin's voice is soft as gauze, but the sentiment is hammered iron. You can't doubt a man's sincerity when he's standing at a pulpit holding two squirming rattlesnake. "Yes, Lord," answers a parishioner. "Praise Jesus," answers another. This is the Church of the Lord Jesus in Jolo, W. Va., the last state in the union where religious snake handling is legal. The church isn't affiliated with any Christian denomination.
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