I received a lot of emails about the post I made yesterday. I’ll try to clarify.
I don’t think the snake-cult lady deserved to die. Just the opposite, I think it could have been prevented.
I don’t support making religious snake-charming cults illegal. Unless they’re endangering other people, government has no right to interfere. And I don’t believe government intervention would have helped.
What maybe would have helped is if this lady’s family and friends had done more. It was their place to say something. Not to stop her, but to call her out and get her to think about what she was doing.
My opinion is that playing with rattlesnakes is retarded, and it makes no sense to me that Jesus would want that. But it’s your life and it’s not my place to stop you. But it’s not my place to ignore it, either.
If someone I know gets involved with something like that, I’m going to say something. And it won’t be respectful.
Anyone who joins a rattlesnake cult is not going to be swayed by a rational argument – they’ve already abandoned logic.
Ridicule is an important tool.
There’s a time and place where it’s appropriate to say something. It’s weighed against the situation.
It shouldn’t have been up to the hospital staff to “snicker and make derogatory comments”.
That was the job of her family and friends, months before she was bitten, and they failed.
If her medical treatment was negligent then justice will be served. But any “emotional pain and humiliation” that the family suffered can’t be blamed on the hospital staff.