On Friday, the 22-year-old star of Snake Salvation and pastor of Tabernacle Church of God in Lafollete pled not guilty to a wildife possession chargeâand then continued to handle snakes at his church.
The New York Times captures how Hamblin and his supporters hope to become a "new front in the battle for religious liberty." One protest sign reads, "Snakes today, Bibles tomorrow?"
Experts told WBIR that his legal argument is thin, but other experts told Religion News Service that recent legal decisions may favor his stance. Snake Salvation costar Jamie Coots explained to The Wall Street Street why the Constitution should protect his religious rights.
Discuss church-state separation issues including court cases, school prayer, and other topics in the political or community arena dealing with theism treading on nontheism.
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Snakes Today, Bibles Tomorrow? Reality TV show lands serpent-handling millennial pastor in court.