American Teacher Killed In Yemen For Alleged Proselytizing

A group linked to al-Qaida claims it killed an American teacher in Yemen for Christian proselytizing.

Joel Shrum, a 29-year-old English language teacher from Harrisburg, Pa., had worked for two years in the central city of Taiz.

Yemeni officials say Shrum was killed in his car Sunday morning when assailants in military uniforms sped up next to him on a motorcycle, opened fire and then sped away. Witnesses say he was killed instantly.

A text message sent to journalists said, "This operation comes as a response to the campaign of Christian proselytizing that the West has launched against Muslims." It claimed Shrum was "one of the biggest American proselytisers."

The text message from an unidentified person claimed responsibility on behalf of a group called the Partisans of Islamic Law.

CBS affiliate WHP in Harrisburg reports that Shrum is survived by two children and his wife, who also taught at the school in Yemen.

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  • by Rodney King on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:01 AM
    I'm glad we've got this issue settled!
  • by JT Location: Chocowinity on Mar 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
    Lord have Mercy! I am so thankful I am able worship without persecution. God bless him & his family.
  • by Proud Athiest on Mar 19, 2012 at 03:57 PM
    For those of you who want to turn the united states into a theocracy, you should know here and now, it will not work. Missionaries, evangelicals, religious zealots you are a disgrace to human evolution.
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      by REM on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:15 AM in reply to Proud Athiest
      Who said anything about a theocracy? I am as Christian as you can get and I understand why this nation was founded on a constitutional republic. Theocracies do not work, and they are oppressive. By the way, if you go by the theory of evolution, then the only way to progress is through death, so please by all means. If you want to believe that we are am impossible statistical anomaly with no value then that's your choice. I see intelligent design every single day.
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      by Enough on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:40 AM in reply to Proud Athiest
      Everyone, including you, are entitled to their own opinion regardless of how wrong you are.... The US was founded by Christians! Do your homework and see for yourself....
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        by here on Mar 22, 2012 at 05:49 AM in reply to Enough
        If you are claiming such a thing you need to go back and do more homework. You are flat out WRONG sir/madam. We were NOT founded by christians, some were and some weren't. Look it up. Example: Ben Franklin, Deist
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      by here on Mar 22, 2012 at 05:42 AM in reply to Proud Athiest
      I could not agree more with you!
  • by American by the grace of GOD! on Mar 19, 2012 at 01:09 PM
    This country was founded on Christian values, principles and beliefs. This IS a Christian Nation, depite what OB-idiot claims.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 05:34 AM in reply to American by the grace of GOD!
      We're not a Christian nation, the United States is made up of mostly Christians but we're not a theorcracy.
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        by REM on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:16 AM in reply to
        Hence why they said "This country was founded on Christian values, principles and beliefs." By majority and by founding, this nation is predominately Christian. They did not say this was a theocracy.
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          by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 02:02 PM in reply to REM
          No he, "America IS a Christian Nation." Which is blatantly false. Saying America is a Christian Nation implies we're a theocracy, we are not and hopefully never will be.
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          by REM on Mar 21, 2012 at 05:11 AM in reply to REM
          You missed the point entirely. Saying "This country was founded on Christian values, principles and beliefs." does not automatically mean that we were ever intended to be a theocracy. Use context clues instead of trying to place meaning outside of what they originally meant to convey.
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          by Truth on Mar 21, 2012 at 07:17 AM in reply to REM
          We are a nation composed of mostly Christians, and our laws are secular in nature. Therefore, we are most certainly not a theocracy. To call the USA a Christian nation is merely labeling. You could very well say we are a White nation or a Fat nation; both of which are true using the same logic. The problem comes when people that aren't Christian, or White, or Fat take offense to being lumped in together under a label that doesn't describe them. We're all Americans. That's it.
  • by Now Read This on Mar 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    "God is Imaginary" Google it if you dare.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM in reply to Now Read This
      I did. I'm an agnostic and I tell you here and now most of the "proof" on that site is garbage. It's nothing but another religion that is based on negative proof rather than positive. If the authors were truly atheistic, they wouldn't care.
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      by Enough on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:37 PM in reply to Now Read This
      God is not imaginary; you are wrong. Just open your eyes and look at this world and you can see God's design. If not God, then how was life created? I doubt you can use logic or science to answer... I pray that you see the light.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 02:46 AM in reply to Enough
        Man has been trying to figure out how they came to be ever since they looked to the stars. There's so many ancient civilizations that had religions before Christianity. Why do *you* think Christianity is suddenly the "right" religion when there's many older religions that came before it? Christianity will die out, just like every other religion, and new ones will crop up in their place. As long as you realize that, life is so much easier and very stress-free.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:10 AM in reply to Enough
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      by p on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM in reply to Now Read This
      Suppose you are wrong and there is a God Almighty. YOU, will lose your eternal life. IF,,I am wrong and there is no God,,, what have I lost? Nothing.
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      by LOL on Mar 19, 2012 at 01:14 PM in reply to Now Read This
      Oh yes, do be sure to google it, google has all the answers and they are always based on MANS words so they must be factual, just ask the knowledgeable (coughing loudly) "Now Read This", LOL!!!! I will go pray for you now.
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      by Terry on Mar 19, 2012 at 02:52 PM in reply to Now Read This
      Why read that when I have the greatest non-fiction book ever written to read? It's called the BIBLE. Everyone should read it.
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Mar 19, 2012 at 03:46 PM in reply to Now Read This
      Visual for ya, movie fourth of july, aethists on top of a building wellcoming the aliens, you stand with them......building goes up when the aliens are dead now, period....If you do not believe, you will not drag the rest of us with you, go it alone...enjoy the ride...oh, and there are ice water salesman positions down there but you have nasty clients to wait on.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:12 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        Aliens existing would completely debunk any story in the Bible, so really it's still a bad thing as far as Christanity goes.
  • by here Location: here on Mar 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM
    Religion WILL be the END of this world. From small minded religious humans beings that are CRAZY!
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      by william on Mar 19, 2012 at 01:35 PM in reply to here
      Agreed. Muslims have never forgiven Christians for the Crusades and I'm guessing they never will. And still Christians go over there and meddle in their affairs.
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      by p on Mar 19, 2012 at 02:15 PM in reply to here
      Ps..Chapter 14 verse 1........He who says there is no God is a Fool.
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        by JT on Mar 19, 2012 at 07:01 PM in reply to p
        THANK YOU! AMEN!
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        by here on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:00 AM in reply to p
        A grown man that believes in an imaginary being in the sky is a fool. Just like every religious fool from every foolish religion before him practiced both now and many, many years ago. Its ALL mythology!! When will human beings grow up and get a clue? I wonder??........ Hopefully BEFORE religion KILLS us all
  • by Michael Location: Greenville on Mar 19, 2012 at 09:01 AM
    For Christ himself said that if they hate Me, they will hate you. To be a Christian is to follow Christ and be willing to not back down from your relationship with Christ and we are called to share the Truth with others, and somestimes, even to death. This does not make it any easier, and my heart goes out to this family! May God use what was intended for evil and use it for good. May I be reminded daily to die to self as I follow Christ, even if means to the point and reason for my death.
  • by WOW Location: WOW on Mar 19, 2012 at 08:25 AM
    Wow Wow Wow is about all I can about the comments on this board! I'm not really sure why most of your people live here in America which is based on Christianity. Yes I know we have many religions here in the US but for some of you people to justify the killing of this man for spreading the word! WOW! You may not believe in my GOD but I do and I believe he will touch your lives and make life better for you, because seriously you need his touch. I will pray for you all as I pray for this mans family! God Bless him, he is in a much better place now, away from people like you!
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      by The Borg on Mar 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM in reply to WOW
      That, in itself is the problem, WOW. We live in a country that allows us to freely practice religion and, yes, even proselytize. I wonder if some of the people here would take a minute and realize if they were in Saudi Arabia or Yemen, they wouldn't even be allow to freely comment or what their fate would be if they did. Thank GOD for the USA!
  • by Enough on Mar 19, 2012 at 07:15 AM
    May God bless this teacher's family. For those that hvae criticized him for being in such a place have no idea what you are talking about. Most likely, he was there teaching english and was sharing his faith very discretely. If he is a missionary, he knows the risks and he understands the Muslim's take on Chrisitianity and they try to take the appropriate precautions. Still, Jesus tells us to take the Gospel to the world. He does not say take the Gospel to everyone except the Muslims. If you aren't a Christian, you would not understand.
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      by Truth on Mar 19, 2012 at 08:37 AM in reply to Enough
      What happens to a person that hasn't "heard the word" when they die?
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        by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 at 09:15 AM in reply to Truth
        God will know his heart and will not turn him away.
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          by Truth on Mar 19, 2012 at 09:59 AM in reply to
          So, according to you, God judges those who haven't heard about Jesus by their good nature? Why then spread the word at all? All you are doing is condemning people that would otherwise go right on to heaven! I'd much rather be judged by my "heart" than my refusal to believe in the unprovable supernatural.
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          by To Truth on Mar 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM in reply to
          Just because you haven't been witnessed to doesn't mean you still go to Heaven. The only ones who go to Heaven are those who have never heard about Christianity. Those who know of the religion (which is most of the world) but choose to serve another god will still go to hell according to Christian beliefs. Only those (like small kids who are raised in one religion and never have a chance to learn of any other way and die young) are the ones who are accepted into Heaven.
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          by Truth on Mar 19, 2012 at 11:19 AM in reply to
          Yeah, that's what I'm concluding based on the answer that was given...if no one had ever heard of Jesus, god would judge us according to our works/good nature instead. Wouldn't you be just a little upset if when you died, another god which you had heard of but failed to worship sent you to an eternal punishment? Wouldn't you rather be judged by the things you had done, how you treated others, and how you lived your life?
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          by To Truth on Mar 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM in reply to
          Well I guess we will all see when we die who the "real" God is. I know which one I believe in but I also know that each believer believes in their religion just as much as I do mine.
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        by Bananana on Mar 19, 2012 at 06:20 PM in reply to Truth
        Oh, and get this Truth. Once you "hear the word" you'd better believe it. Because you are particularly liable for turning your back on god once you've heard the message. Then you'll well and truly fry for all eternity. Really, a truly beautiful, peaceful message, ya know?
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          by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 02:49 AM in reply to Bananana
          Er, no. The believers will be judged harshly because they knew better. Non-believers don't know better and will go to heaven because of it. It's really funny when you think about it. It's like Mom giving her oldest child a REALLY hard time because they knew better but coddles the youngest because they just don't know better!
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          by REM on Mar 21, 2012 at 05:13 AM in reply to Bananana
          Are you trying to say that people are basically good? I think not; and I think God knows better as well. He knows who has turned their back on him. Playing the innocent game will not end well when you come before him.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 at 07:07 AM
    Ah, the "Religion of Peace".
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