In recent days, it occurred to me once again how eerily similar fundamentalist readings of the second amendment to the US constitution…

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

… are to fundamentalist readings of the Biblical passage which brought us ‘snake-handling’:

These signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will… pick up snakes with their hands.

Read either passage in a  violently literal way, as a command from above —  and then listen for the ambulances.

Of course, the snakes bite only the people lifting them…


And then, as though on cue, comes the president with his story of immigrant ‘snakes’.  The snake biting the (faithful) hand that offers mercy, that’s his story, his ‘poem’.  Evidently it excites the crowd.

It’s a curious trick: something feels true about it – but it feels true because he’s talking about himself.

I think they do know it, these believers, they knew he was a snake when they let him in.

But they also think they can handle it.

The sound of sirens following this experiment would not surprise me.

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