At some point, I think it ought to be OK for us to say that faith makes people do very, very bad things they wouldn’t otherwise do. Is there really any chicken and egg problem here? Would this woman be in jail for an attempted double homicide if some crackpot religious nut hadn’t convinced her that a magical zombie is going to bring years of tribulation to the sinful earth starting this Sunday?
Maybe this woman is mentally unstable to begin with, but I don’t see that as an issue. Lots of people are mentally unstable. LOTS. And if faith is dangerous to mentally unstable people, then that is a serious problem. The fact that lots of people are reasonable enough to dismiss rapture claims is irrelevant.
Yes, it’s funny to laugh at whack jobs with signs about the end of the world. But it’s also very, very sad that religion is taken to horrible extremes with startling regularity.