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Tuesday, November 01, 2005
God 1, Baptists 0. See what happens when you put
faith above science:
A pastor in Texas has been killed by an electric shock after grabbing a microphone while performing a baptism in water.

The Rev Kyle Lake, 33, was partly submerged at University Baptist Church in Waco — only 14 miles from President Bush’s Crawford ranch — while baptising a woman in front of 800 people. He reached out to adjust a microphone when he was killed.

The church, co-founded by David Crowder, one of the biggest “rock stars” of Christian music, is popular with students from nearby Baylor University, the oldest higher-education institution in Texas and the largest Baptist university in the world.

“He was grabbing the microphone so everyone could hear,” Jamie Dudley, a church business administrator, said. “It’s the only way you can be loud enough.”

Doctors in the congregation rushed to help Mr Lake, who collapsed after being struck by the fatal jolt of electricity. An emergency medical crew tried to revive him. He was taken by ambulance to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead.
One of Kyle's followers said, “I think we all gravitated to him because he looked cooler than all of us, but he was really smart."

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

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