Woman Hits a Student With Her Car, Throws a Religious Pamphlet at Him, and Drives Off

We’re repeatedly told that Christianity makes people more moral.  After all, without god how can there be a barometer for moral goodness?

Then things like this keep happening.

According to court documents, the victim, a Milby High School student, told police he was crossing Broadway near the school on October 14 at around 5:15 p.m. when he was struck by the 58-year-old Hillen’s 1996 Honda Accord.

As he struggled to his feet, Hillen, of League City, is alleged to have stopped and asked if he was okay. According to the complaint, when the victim said “No,” Hillen tossed him a religious pamphlet and attempted to flee…

Snip.

Another Milby student tried to wave her down, the complaint states, but Hillen only waved “Bye” and kept on driving.

Added the driver, “HEAL YOURSELF WITH THIS! YOU’RE WELCOOOOOOOooooooooooooome!” before driving back to her house  atop the moral high ground.

I guess because Jesus will automagically forgive them for flagrantly immoral acts that some Christians assume they can wave their religion around and be absolved of their moral responsibilities by other people.  Sorry, humanity’s standards are higher than the low, get-forgiven-without-doing-anything-to-deserve-it measure of Christianity.

Fortunately that student got her license number and later picked her out of a lineup.  The victim was ok.  He had a bruised rib that cost him $730 in the ER, but no permanent damage.

A month after hitting the student, Hillen posted this to the “I Love Jesus My Savior” page on facebook.

“Worry is the Opposite of Faith! You must understand, we all endure challenges. We all face mountains in our lives. Knowing this, it is very important that we live our lives knowing God can and He will. Thought to Ponder: When was the last time your worrying helped you?”

Beautiful.

Thankfully, she just turned herself in.  Can we please, please, please get rid of this idea that Christianity makes people moral?  The counterexamples to this are all around us.

Thanks to Steven for the link.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Brandon

    What frustrates the ever-loving-shit out of me is that should I ever bring this (or countless other examples of this sort of behavior) up to a Christian during a discussion, they will throw down the old “no true Scotsman” sort of defense and claim:
    “Goodness, that’s so sad. But, really, she wasn’t truly following Christ’s loving laws anyway if that’s how she acted. A *real* Christian wouldn’t do that.”

    At that point, I’m left in the awkward position of trying to pick from the million-and-one reasons that’s a stupid thing to say, or simply taking the easy way out and hitting my head against a wall until I pass out.

    • http://www.ziztur.com ziztur

      My typical response is, “okay, but doesn’t your religion say something like, “we are all sinners and all fall short of the glory of god”?

      • kagekiri

        Other Christians would probably lead with that “none are righteous bit”, and maybe the “we’re just forgiven, not perfect” bit to say they aren’t better people at all.

        Or the “the sick are the most likely to need a savior” bit that implies Christians might be inherently worse people, at least to start.

        Or maybe combine that “sicker people know they need help” with the “Christianity makes you a better person than you’d be if you were non-Christian, but not a perfect person” attempt to make the scale of morality more relative, kinda like what CS Lewis does if I recall, relating it to the parable of the talents and maximizing the use of your gifts.

        Plenty of other rationalizations are already in use, basically. It’s a little tougher to criticize that “humility” without being accused of being unfair with judgement, not superior yourself, or proud of your own morality/righteousness when it’s “actually from God”.

  • http://skepticalhumanities.com Bob

    I was really hoping that the police had used fingerprints on the pamphlet to nail her. Oh, well.

    RJB

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Camels With Hammers

      That’s the way it will go down in the film version.

  • http://johnnykaje.wordpress.com/ Kaje

    I think the Bible addressed this. A man was mugged and left for dead until a good Samaritan came along and gave him a Chick tract.

    • http://willisweb.com CoderHead

      LOL! I remember that story.

  • angel

    No *true* serial killer is going to kill innocent people. Don’t you watch Dexter? This would be my response to the No True Scotsman b.s.
    Because any group is going to have moral good people in it and lowlife crapfests in it, I feel. So, there is no *true* anything. If you are going to accept that the moral good ones are a part of your group, you have to accept the crapfests, too. You have to admit your group is varied and *gasp* no better than any other group.

    • Denver, John Q.

      yes, but in dexter’s defense, he might actually be doing god’s work. some ppl deserve to die. alot of ppl deserve to die.

      • Richard

        I…. disagree.

  • Reginald

    Ha, same thing happened to me in Chicago once, saw a driver nail a homeless guy and as I started to call an ambulance, he dove over to me and said “Please we don’t need to do this, I’m a Christian!” Unfortunately, the homeless guy was on his way to work and said he didn’t have insurance so not to bother and hobbled off and the Christian sped away.

    By the time I got off hold with 911, there wasn’t an incident to report anymore.

  • Zugswang

    This reminds me of something else that happened recently.

    Good people will be good and assholes will be assholes no matter what their faith. Religion just makes good people feel shame for venial actions, discredit themselves as the provenance of their virtue. and gives selfish narcissists one more thing with which to deflect accountability.

  • Rob

    One of the reason I don’t believe that story any more is exactly this point: since the leaders themselves aren’t living it, not to say all aren’t, but I’ve met few that really do, it leads to the question as to why? Is their omnipotent god not powerful enough to really change them? Or were they really after something else in submitting to religion? That is of course, allowing that their fictional foundation is true, because it eventually gets to questioning that, as they will refer to it at some point.

  • http://www.decrepitoldfool.com george.w

    Even CS Lewis disavowed the No True Christian argument; that’s just how stupid it is.

  • Russell P.

    The magic pamphlet.

  • Glodson

    I feel a little bad that I laughed when I read the headline. I mean, it is great that the kid didn’t get hurt too badly. But this woman is a fucking nut.

    That’s just scary. I can’t even figure out what she was thinking. “You aren’t okay? Well, have this pamphlet and find Jesus before you die from the injuries I caused you, bye.” I guess putting the fucking car in park and helping a kid was a thought her addled mind couldn’t handle.

  • Zinc Avenger

    Someone I once knew told me that he knows atheism is inherently immoral because if nobody catches an atheist criminal then the criminal has no fear of eternal damnation – he said a christian can never “get away with it”.

    I pointed out to him that the atheist only “gets away with it” if there is no such place as hell – so he’s effectively arguing that there is no hell, and by extension no heaven and no god and he is, by his own admission, an atheist.

    Sadly he didn’t bother to pay attention to my point, he simply told me that I was playing word games with my soul.

  • Jurjen S.

    I have to take issue with the statement that Hillen “turned herself in.” That makes it sound like her conscience got the better of her, when in actual fact, she waited for more than fifty days (from Oct 14th until Dec 5th), and until after a warrant had been issued for her arrest, and I suspect she only “turned herself in” after Houston PD phoned her and told her, in so many words, “you can come down to the station yourself, or we can send a squad car to arrest you in full view of your neighbors or co-workers.”

    And another thing:

    When police talked to her, she admitted to driving but denied hitting anyone, according to the document.

    (source)
    That’s the probable cause document, on the basis of which the warrant for her arrest was issued on November 30th, so she made that denial prior to that date, and before “turning herself in.” In short, it looks very much like she lied about to the cops.

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