HOT SPRINGS, N.C. (RNS) On the 50th anniversary of the launch of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, it is worth recalling that Appalachia was a magnet for missionaries, both religious and secular. They failed, in part, because they did not respect the strong beliefs and culture of the region.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) While older serpent handlers were wary of outsiders, these younger believers welcome visitors and use Facebook to promote their often misunderstood — and illegal — version of Christianity. They want to show the beauty and power of their extreme form of spirituality. By Bob Smietana.