The PJ Tatler

A Tale of Two American Martyrs

Apologists for Islamic persecution of Christians regularly argue that the animosity is not driven by religion, but rather a “sectarian” divide, by any number of “indigenous” factors—poverty, intertribal conflicts, political machinations, etc. Other times, persecuted Christians are portrayed as Zionist agents and rapistsspies and traitors—anything other than people killed for their Christian faith.

Joel Shrum (L) and Jeremiah Small: Martyred in the lands of Islam


Consider, however, the following two stories which deal with, not indigenous Christians—that is, not members of the native framework with its complex socio-political factors—but American Christians; not Zionist spies, but teachers who were, nonetheless, killed last March for sharing their faith with Muslims, for behaving like Christians.

First, on March 1, Jeremiah Small, a “beloved teacher and friend” who taught at a Christian school in Iraq, was shot to death by an 18-year-old student, even “as he bent his head to pray at the start of a morning class. The 33-year-old teacher from Washington state took bullets to the head and chest and died at the scene.” According to students, “Mr. Jeremiah’s hands were still folded in prayer when he fell”; others say a day before the shooting “a heated discussion” broke out “during which the pupil threatened to kill the teacher because of conflicting religious views.”

The official story, however, as reported by the mainstream media, such as the Wall Street Journal, is that the source of the quarrel is a “mystery,” and religion is unlikely; mention that he was murdered during prayer is also withheld.

Yet there are more indicators that he was likely murdered for sharing his Christian faith….Continue reading.