I don’t know if this “devil made me do it” excuse is becoming a real trend or just an interesting spin for media coverage. I think perhaps both. I feel a bit bad posting this story but the devil and worshipping NASCAR, I couldn’t pass it by without showing it to someone.
A Hawkins County woman was arrested Sunday after allegedly crashing her car into a church and stabbing her husband with a kitchen knife, saying the devil told her to do it.
The victim, Steven Hamman, said his wife Stephanie Hamman had left their apartment and wrecked her vehicle at Providence Church, across the street.
Mr. Hamman said he went to check on his wife and discovered she drove the car through the front doors of the church. He said his wife was lying in front of the altar. As he checked on her, he said she stated, “The devil is in me,” and stabbed him on the right side of the chest with a large kitchen knife.
She obviously had SERIOUS issues. Her sense of religiosity played a part, noting that God spoke to her as well as the devil, when those compelling voices could be a sign of schizophrenia instead.
She told officers she had decided to live for God and had been baptized at the church earlier that morning, but Pastor Joel Trigg said she was not baptized there.
She also told police that God had commented to her about smoking marijuana. But she also felt her husband was worshipping the NASCAR race at Bristol. (Haven’t many women felt that way about their husband’s obsessive sports addictions.)
God told her to go into the church but the doors were locked, so she drove the car through the doors. Ouch.
When arrested, she didn’t know if her husband was dead or not; she asked police. She admitted to smoking a lot of pot.
There is no mention of her mental health issues.
What happened here? We don’t know from a media report but what are we to think about this? Will people believe she is possessed? What affect did the drugs have? If she were a nun and claimed God spoke to her, would we think differently? Did her religious talk mask mental health trouble?
One of the main uses of gods and demons are to be scapegoats for bad behavior. She’s a really troubled soul.
I blame NASCAR. Jesus, take the wheel!