Slain Americans were delivering Bibles
February 22nd, 2011
11:15 AM ET

Slain Americans were delivering Bibles

Americans Jean and Scott Adam were on a mission to distribute Bibles around the world when their yacht was hijacked by Somali pirates, friends of the couple said.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Central Command said the Adams, along with Philis Macay and Bob Riggle, had been killed by their captors.

A U.S. Navy ship had been trailing the captured Americans after their yacht, Quest, was overtaken by pirates on Friday.

“As (U.S. forces) responded to the gunfire, reaching and boarding the Quest, the forces discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors," the statement from U.S. Central Command said. "Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages ultimately died of their wounds."

While their faith may not have played a role in their death, it was a motivating factor for their sailing adventure around the world.

“They were not proselytizing evangelicals," Scott Stolnitz, a friend of the couple, told CNN. "They were using their Bible mission as a way to break the ice in the Christian community, particularly in the Pacific.”

Stolnitz said the Adams were friendly and open to all. “These are your next-door neighbors in a lot of ways.”

Their pastor, Msgr. Lloyd Torgerson of Saint Monica's Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California, told CNN affiliate KABC the Adams were a retired couple with a heart for sharing their faith.

“They were very heartfelt in their response to this great gospel and they came to know Jesus in a very special way here,” Togerson said.

“Jean actually sang in our 11:30 choir Sunday mornings. Both of them had a great outreach, of course, through this ministry to take the scriptures, the Bibles, to places across the world. And they felt that call to do that, and that’s what they were doing I presume when this happened.”

The Adams' website chronicles their worldwide voyage, which included trips to New Zealand, China, Cambodia and Panama.

They also spoke openly about their faith on the site, saying the goal of the Bible distribution was, "friendship evangelism - that is, finding homes for thousands of Bibles, which have been donated through grants and gifts, as we travel from place to place."

The Adams passed out Catholic Bibles from the American Bible Society and New International Version Bibles from the International Bible Society, according to their website. They said they brought two different versions of the Bible because, “Catholics have a slightly different Bible than Protestants. We carry both Bibles, and at several different reading levels.”

On their website they said many of the teachers and pastors who received the Bibles also used them for teaching English.

The Adams, Macay and Riggle had been traveling with yachts participating in the Blue Water Rally since their departure from Phuket, Thailand, rally organizers said Sunday in a statement on the event's website.

The group, which organizes long-distance group cruises, said the Quest broke off on February 15 after leaving Mumbai, India, to take a different route.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Dwight

    Their friends on TV last night were saying "God will protect them". I can't wait to hear what they will say today.

    February 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • Joker

      Yes I would be interested to see what they have to say now. God was busy helping someone hit the jackpot in vegas that was praying harder. He favored them over these people.

      February 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • Nue

      Wow...just because YOU have no faith (at least I'm guessing cause of your snide remark)... you can't wait to hear what their friends say about their death. Sometimes death is the better option, I'm sure that it was in God's Will that they died to avoid being tortured. You are very insensitive and mock other people's faith just to prove a point.

      February 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • Dwight

      The church down my street had a sign out saying "You will be okay, God will take care of you". This morning the sign is gone. These religious people are something else.

      February 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Joker

      Nue "I'm sure that it was in God's Will that they died to avoid being tortured."

      Thank you for proving my point....I mentioned before that the "prayer crowd" would fall back on "must have been god's plan". lol thank you, thank you, thank you.

      My jesus loves me and would never let that happen...he must not have loved them.

      February 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • BSdetector77

      will you join Mao's army? Nice job on Tibet, athiest zealots and proslytizers.....Will you kill 30 million this century too for "religion is poison" theology?

      February 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Tzigan Pax

      Everything on the news today seemed to feature Christian victims - the sailers, the bus crash of church kids, a giant earthquake in CHRISTchurch, NZ.... What is God trying to say??

      February 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • Jim

      It's easy: "They are with god in heaven now". If you throw reason out the window, it's dead easy to make up an excuse for anything and everything.

      February 23, 2011 at 6:48 am |
  2. Luke

    Oh, the irony. Pushing religion on a part of the world that is largely tribal and or muslim. Any surprised they were murdered?

    February 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      > Sometimes death is the better option, I'm sure that it was in God's Will that they died to avoid being tortured. You are very insensitive and mock other people's faith just to prove a point.

      Why not having God's will be that they not be troubled at all. You're silly. I like you.

      February 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • BSdetector77

      Why don't you keep pushing athiesm on Tibetans? Like what you guys did in the gulags and under Mao. Good job. Did you atheists manage to finish your eugenics cause of castrating African Americans? Atheism, religion at it's worst. Try being a free thinker guys, stop burning books, and killing Tibetan buddhists..

      February 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • Nonimus


      "Why don't you keep pushing athiesm on Tibetans?"
      Tibet is mostly Buddhist which is technically atheistic, or nontheistic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_in_Buddhism

      " Like what you guys did in the gulags and under Mao."
      Mao committed his crimes in the name of Communism.

      "Did you atheists manage to finish your eugenics cause of castrating African Americans?"
      Eugenics was a mutilation of the theory of evolution and had nothing to do with atheism.

      February 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  3. Vince


    *believe in Jehovah Witness... real true religion*

    February 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • Anglican

      Vince. Christians have been thrown to the lions many times. I am sure these knew the dangers surrounding their work. The fact that you call "the faithful" stupid simply puts you in the class of those who persecute the Church. Pity

      February 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      > Vince. Christians have been thrown to the lions many times. I am sure these knew the dangers surrounding their work. The fact that you call "the faithful" stupid simply puts you in the class of those who persecute the Church. Pity

      How were these people "thrown to the lions". They put themselves in a bad situation. They paid the price.

      February 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • BSDetector77

      Suppose "Bobinator" would say the same about Jews in Europe during WWII right? Or Slavic Christians? Or say....Assyrians in their native Iraq?

      Ignorant statment buddy, go burn a book weirdo.

      February 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • Nonimus

      You're not living up to your name. Not that I agree with Bobinator, but weren't the people you mentioned actually living in those areas before it became dangerous. That was the case for the Jews in Europe. These Christians on the other hand, voluntarily ventured into an area that was dangerous.

      February 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Vince, those souls are saved. Question is, can you say the same for your soul?

      February 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  4. Michelle

    My heart does out to these people. This just shows how messed up our world is and how we still need someone to save us from alot of crap. Rest In Peace faithful servants.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • Joker

      "and how we still need someone to save us from alot of crap" apparently their god fell short on that one.

      February 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      God never falls short…His wisdom is beyond our understanding. But we do know that He can take an evil act and turn it into good. Yes, these people were trying to bring the Word of God to how many people, a few hundred…or a few thousand….now the world has heard their story and will want to understand what this Bible is…that people are willing to risk their lives to bring God’s Word to them!
      God Bless their souls with eternal peace that only He can give....a peace that the world cannot give.

      February 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Remember Michelle, earth is satan's domain as well as those that blindly follow his lies.


      February 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  5. Vince

    @Dwight... Totally agree... if God exists... why didn't he/she come and save them??? so.. it proves that there is NO God... or at least... there is no Christian God...

    Only jehovah witness is the right religion...

    February 22, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Vince, this life in human form is a test from God. If you knew His wisdom, you would know that those souls murdered are back with our Lord and Savior as His truth tell us.

      Ecclesiastes 12:5 Also [when] they shall be afraid of [that which is] high, and fears [shall be] in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:

      Ecclesiastes 12:6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

      Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.


      February 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  6. CJ

    Hersh, John and Joker. You guys don't get it. This is not about your misplaced idea of whose religion gets in the way. This is about people getting hijacked on the open sea for PROFIT. And don't give me any crap about my christian views, I don't have any, I'm an atheist.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • Hersh

      CJ–They were stupid to sail into waters known to be extremely dangerous. Maybe it's YOU who doesn't get it.
      They were there because of their religious nonsense.
      They deliberately sailed into harm's way thinking they had a win-win situation because of their religious delusions. They were basically DARING those pirates to kill them and turn them into "martyrs".

      Suicide, plain and simple. I can think of better ways to die, though. Pirates are everywhere, not just on the high seas.
      I am free to scorn their foolishness openly. Their books of lies should be burned. They have no redeeming value.

      February 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Hersh, let me interject your thought process ... as your neighbors must also be stupid to live in waters next to you ...extremely dangerous. Maybe it's YOU who doesn't get it when these innocent neighbors moved next to you Hersh, not knowing your babble beliefs. They moved next to you Hersh and deliberately sailed into harm's way thinking they had a win-win situation because of their new neighborhood and neighbor Hersh. Therefore, they were basically DARING that babbling idiot (Hersh) to destroy their way of life, hence, turning those neighbors into "martyrs".

      Suicide, plain and simple. I can think of a better neighbor than you. Hersh's are everywhere, not just on the high seas.
      IHe is free to scorn their foolishness openly. His babble nonsense of lies should be burned. Hersh has no redeeming value.

      Hersh, get a grip.

      February 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  7. Vince

    @Hersh... amen to that... (no pun intended)

    Seriously... religion is the main cause of WAR in the planet... if you go back in history for hitler to Egypt time.. trillion of death were because of religion... no sympathy for their lives... but stop doing stupid things people!!!

    February 22, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • BSdetector77

      Weren't the atheists under Stalin allied with Hitler? Wasn't 3/4 of the Christian world fighting hitler? Did he have an ally in Mufti Hussein of Palestine? Hmmm, strangely enough, Atheists seem to have been the supporters of Hitler. And they do act alike, Mao and Stalin together killed 30 million in the name of the Atheist religion. Good job guys, very nice.
      And what of African Americans? Would you like to complete your program to sterilize them in your eugenics program? Atheists did that too in the beginning of the 20th century. What a great legacy! 😉

      February 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Vince, our country is at war as we write. Do you or do you not support our troops in their endeavor to fight for our freedom as well as your freedom to blog your babble!

      February 22, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  8. someoneelse

    Seriously, a ship full of bibles. How about a ship full of ration packs, or literacy training books!

    February 22, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Mmhhh, Jesus' wisdom that teaches man how to be the best that they could be while housed in human form or man made literacy training books to teach them what? The babble of man's someoneelse?

      February 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
    • Jim

      The sad thing, heavensent, is that you were probably not even drunk as you wrote that.

      February 23, 2011 at 6:53 am |
    • myklds

      Because they're not feeding "someoneelse" temporaly, they're feeding them spiritually.

      February 25, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  9. BK

    Magellan met a similar fate as these people. Sailing around world, tossing Christianity at everyone, and your trip ending in tragedy.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Isaiah 40:22: "It is he that sitteth upon the CIRCLE OF THE EARTH."

      How did Isaiah know in 700 B.C. the earth is round? They didn't discover the earth is round until the early 1500s when Magellan sailed around the world. How did Isaiah know something over 2000 years before?


      February 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • David Johnson


      You quoted: Isaiah 40:22: "It is he that sitteth upon the CIRCLE OF THE EARTH."
      You said: "How did Isaiah know in 700 B.C. the earth is round? They didn't discover the earth is round until the early 1500s when Magellan sailed around the world. How did Isaiah know something over 2000 years before?"

      You are so lame. You give me great chuckles in my belly!

      Isaiah and Jesus and everyone else in Jesus's time, thought the earth was flat. More on Jesus later.

      by Edward T. Babinski

      The Geographical Meaning of Earth Seas in Genesis 1:10 by Paul Seely:
      "There is one verse in the OT, however, which has often been cited at least by laymen as a proof that the earth was understood to be a globe. I refer to Isaiah 40:22 which speaks of God as the One sitting above the circle of the earth.

      This verse does imply that the earth is circular, but there is nothing either in the underlying Hebrew word (hug) or in the context which necessarily implies anything more than the circularity of the flat earth-disc which the historical context and Genesis 1 have given us as the meaning of.

      If Isaiah had intended to speak of the earth as a globe, he would probably have used the word he used in 22:18 (dur), meaning 'ball.' "

      E. J. Young noted, Isaiah 40:22 describes God as seated on the zenith, the highest point directly overhead. Thus the verse implies that earth's dwellers, all mankind according to Psalm 33:13, 14, are clearly visible from a very high point directly overhead.
      Psalm 33:13-14 – 13 From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; 14 from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—

      This imagery fits most naturally the conception of the earth below as a flat disc, not a globe. For if the earth were a globe, part of all mankind namely earth's dwellers in Australia, Argentina, South Africa, etc... could not be seen from a point directly overhead.

      Isaiah 40:22 (as well as the other verses which mention God looking down) is focused on God's height above the earth; and his seeing all mankind is derived from that height.

      That phrase "the circle of the earth" in no way implies sphericity is confirmed by the fact that in Egypt this phrase was used to refer to the earth as a flat circular disc. So when interpreted within its historical and biblical context Isaiah 40:22 implies indeed that the earth is circular in shape but also that it is flat.

      Moreover, there is an obvious link between Isaiah's "circle of the earth" and the "circle" inscribed at creation on the flat surface of the waters in Job 26:10 – 10 He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness.
      and Proverbs 8:27 – 27 I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep.
      Edward J. Young, Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Further evidence:
      Daniel 4:10,11 says, "There was a tree in the midst (or center) of the earth, and its height was great. It reached to the sky, and was visible to the end of the whole earth." Such visibility (i.e., "a tree of great height at the center of the earth and seen to the end of the whole earth") implies a flat earth.

      Isaiah 42:5 and 44:24 states that at creation God "spread out the earth"–the Hebrew verb for "spread" being used elsewhere in Scripture to depict a "flattening" or "pounding." Also, if the earth was not "spread out," but "rolled up tightly like a ball" at creation, the writer could have said so. We find the requisite Hebrew construction in Isaiah 22:18, where a man is "rolled up tightly like a ball." Hence the earth at creation was spoken of as being "flattened or pounded flat" at creation.

      Even Evangelical Christians have warned their brethren against the naivety of the "spherical" interpretation of Isaiah 40:22. (See for instance David C. Downing's book, What You Know Might Not Be So: 220 Misinterpretations of Bible Texts Explained (Baker Books House, 1987). Another Evangelical scholar, Paul Seely, has asked his brethren to note that "One could just as well argue that God had revealed the sphericity of the earth to the Babylonians and the Egyptians because their writings also use the expression, 'the circle of the earth.' We know, however, they believed the earth was flat. Isaiah 40:22 is logically incapable, therefore, of being a proof that the Bible speaks of the sphericity of the earth."

      Isaiah 11:12 declares, "Gather (them) from the four corners of the earth," and Revelation 7:1 adds, "I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth."

      Verses from Job declare, "(God's) measure is longer than the earth." (11:7, 9) "Who stretched the line on (the earth)?" (38:5) And, "He looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens." (28:24), all of which imply a flat earth.

      Throughout Scripture the shape and construction of the earth is assumed to resemble that of a building having a firm immovable foundation, and a roof (or canopy).

      And then there is the carpenter:

      Matthew 4:8 states that "The devil took him (Jesus) to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world [Greek, 'cosmos'], and their glory." One could see "all" the kingdoms of the world from a very high mountain if the world were flat.

      Don't you think Jesus / god or Satan should have known the earth was a sphere?

      Clearly, the authors thought the earth was flat.


      February 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • myklds

      @David Johnson...

      Since we are talking about bible and science here, then why not make a simple experiment? Here it is...

      Objective: To prove or disprove that Isiah was saying or implying that the earth is round, sphere, globe, etc.

      Rope (long-lenghted)
      Cellophane (transparent)
      Tree (with great height)


      1.) Wrap the basket ball with the transparent cellophane and tie it with a rope
      2.)Hang it on the lowest branch of the tree with its brand name facing few inches above the ground.
      3.) Climb at the very top of the tree.
      4.) Look down straight to the basketball and try if you could still see the brand name.


      If yes: Then, you're not wasting a huge amount of space on this boards with your lenghty but full of senseless assumption post. And I'll exile myself from this blog voluntarily.

      If no: You don't have to do anything, just don't jump into conclusion that the basketball is round but flat like a disc, but try to rotate to see it.

      God is sitting at the top of the circle of the earth, to watch all His people but (for the record never did He say that at the same time) that's the reason behind why earth rotates on its own axis.


      February 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • David Johnson


      You are an idiot.


      February 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • HotAirAce


      While I more than tend to agree with DJ's assessment, please give this dumb atheist some help to understand your experiment and point(s). For example, when you say:

      2.)Hang it on the lowest branch of the tree with its brand name facing few inches above the ground.

      Do you mean the brand name should be facing up (to the sky) or the brand name should be facing down (towards the ground).

      What do I do if my basketball has the same brand name in more than one location?

      Please elaborate on what you think should be observed and what you think it means. Do you think you will see the same thing if the ball is replaced by an infinitely thin disk? When the disk is stationary and when it is rotated? What will affect will time of day and/or sky conditions have on this experiment? How is this a proof that the writer's of the bible knew that the earth was a sphere and not a disc (with varying thickness)?

      In other words, now that your class has conducted this exercise, and probably screwed it up do to poor instructions and/or design, please share the teacher's notes with us.

      February 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  10. Dwight

    Doing the Christian thing is not the way to go. Not in that area. I see god ( If there is one) didn't do any good for these people.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Dwight, the Israelites didn’t make up GOD because God punished them so often. Their own Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) do not paint a pretty picture of the Israelites. Had they made the whole thing up, then the Bible surely would have been more complimentary about their ancestors and more cheerful about their destiny.

      But we understand that God chastens whom He loves.


      February 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  11. mike

    These poor people are victims. When will people (of all faiths) stop trying to tell other people that theirs is the only religion that will provide salvation. Anyone who follows an organized religion is by extension a member of the sheep family. Think for yourself! It's liberating.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • BK

      Mike, they are victims. And were doing EXACTLY what you want everyone to stop doing. "stop trying to tell other people that theirs is the only religion that will provide salvation." They were pushing their religion on the people of the world, and ran into an unfortunate group while doing it.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • HeavenSent

      How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge.

      Proverbs 1:22

      February 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  12. Vince

    I am not making fun of their death... my condolence to their family... they look like a happy couple... if you sail around the world... that's cool.. but don' t do that christian thingie... Especially not in that area...

    February 22, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Vince, apparently I'm writing you after finding out that there are 4 deceased aboard the yacht. With that said, here are Jesus' truth on premeditated murder.

      Genesis 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

      Exodus 21:12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.

      Exodus 21:14 But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.

      Leviticus 24:17 And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.

      Numbers 35:16 And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he [is] a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

      Numbers 35:17 And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die, and he die, he [is] a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

      Numbers 35:18 Or [if] he smite him with an hand weapon of wood, wherewith he may die, and he die, he [is] a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

      Numbers 35:19 The revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: when he meeteth him, he shall slay him.

      Numbers 35:20 But if he thrust him of hatred, or hurl at him by laying of wait, that he die;

      Numbers 35:21 Or in enmity smite him with his hand, that he die: he that smote [him] shall surely be put to death; [for] he [is] a murderer: the revenger of blood shall slay the murderer, when he meeteth him.

      February 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  13. CJ

    The Somali pirates are just that, pirates. Not religious fanatics. The US Marines and Navy were sent to Tripoli as early as 1805 to prevent Muslim pirates from attacking US merchant men. Station a small coastal force off the shores of Somalia and any vessel found with weapons and no fishing equipment aboard should be sunk and all hands allowed to drown. Those animals only understand force. Vince, you're just a bad joke. Wish I could cuss on here, I'd tell you my true feelings.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  14. Hersh

    Sounds like they asked for it – and their prayers were answered!
    Those pirates did the world a favor for once in their sorry lives. The world doesn't need more books filled with lies.
    In many countries, that couple would have been quickly arrested and executed for trying to distribute their twisted books.
    Really, what sort of retards go sailing over by Somalia anyway?
    They aren't martyrs, just stupid dead people.
    Books of lies deserve no respect – nor do the people who print and distribute them. They certainly don't have mine.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • Dwight

      You are correct.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Hersh, Free will. Remember? A person can either love and follow Jesus' truth or you love and follow satan's lies. If you follow your own beliefs that is the same thing as loving and following satan's lies.

      John 8:44 Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.


      February 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • T. Lee

      @Hersh @Dwight – Frick & Frack – trolls that have nothing better to do than rant and criticize what they know nothing about. These poor souls were over a thousand miles away from the pirate's home-base in Somalia. You SHOULD be ranting and criticizing that the seas should be safe for anyone regardless of their reason to be out there instead of condemning them.

      February 23, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  15. John

    what were they doing pushing bibles in Arab countries? Believe in whatever you want, but keep craziness to yourselves.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • T. Lee

      Since when is all of Africa – Arab – troll?

      February 23, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  16. Vince

    i am sorry to say this... but no one should push religion on anyone... we have our own thoughts.... What make you think christian is the "right" religion... Christian exists only 2000 years ago... Hindu, Budist, Taos... been around for over 6000 years... 4000 years longer than Christian and Catholic... They know they are walking into danger zone.

    why do they want to put themselves in a danger situation?

    I am not being insensitive... I am just stating the fact...

    February 22, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Dwight

      They should "not" have been pushing bibles.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • BSDetector77

      So by your argument Americans shouldn't tolerate Hindus and other religions in our country. One standard for all right? Truly, your words echo Hitlers.

      February 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • BSDetector77

      Giving someone a book, feeding them, and giving them water is not pushing. But building a gulag and killing 30 million of them like atheists did in the 20th century would be considered "pushing" yes. 😉

      February 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Bluto

      "building a gulag and killing 30 million of them like atheists did in the 20th century " Are you seriously trying to say there is a difference between Communism and Religion? The enbalmed bodies of Lenin and Mao both say you are wrong. Commies are as sure they are right as you are, and they will show you the book that PROVES it.

      February 22, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • BSdetector77

      Lenin, atheist, Mao, atheist both created state controlled secular atheistic enforcement. "Religion is poison" Communism is a copy of an old idea under a different name, when combined with atheism, it's deadly. I don't blame communism when a church gets bulldozed, or a Christian imprisoned, I blame atheists who want to force their view on other people. Are you speaking freely here? Guess what, 85% of this country believes in God, and most of them are Christian. How oppressed are you? Okay then little boy, move to China and then complain.

      February 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • T. Lee

      To most of those commenting – what' the matter with you? These people were over a thousand miles out to sea away from the pirates home base in Somalia doing what they wanted to do. Your criticisms and rants should be that the seas should be safe for everyone whether a supertanker or 58 ft sailboat.

      What they were doing out there isn't any of your business whether partying-on, racing, or sharing the opportunity to discuss their beliefs – TROLLS

      February 23, 2011 at 7:43 am |
  17. Joker

    Doc, it is tragic but he was worried about the pirates but still chose to sail in thos e waters. Perhaps he thought he had god's protection? I wonder how hard he prayed to his god while tied up? Of course to the "prayer works crowd" they might fall back on it must have been gods plan?

    February 22, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  18. amrik

    poor you, vince. that's just very very insensitive. it's not about religion.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • prowler

      Oh really? Is that why CNN put it in the 'Religion' section?

      February 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • Bluto

      It's about "belief." They "believed" that they would be greeted as saviors by the pirates, and that after they all bible-read together they would be made King and Queen of Pirate Island. Either that or the guy who said they were stupid was on to something. I like my theory better.

      February 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  19. Doc Vestibule

    Just becuase they were carrying bibles doesn't make these events any more or less tragic. Murder is murder, regardless.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Just Deserts

      Doesn't make this tragic at all. Is exactly what one would hope would happen when blithering idiots make such idiotic decisions. Spread the word into the heart of radical Islam. Got to love the delusional stupidity it takes. The sad thing is these idiots already passed their genes along to foster another generation of fools.

      February 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  20. KP

    @Vince – you are insensitive and ignorant. Keep your thoughts to yourself.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Dwight

      Vince is correct. They should not have been pushing bibles. A book of lies. Their so called god did not help.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • Joker

      So is anybody giving this credit to god. If they had survived, no doubt credit would have been given to their god.

      February 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • BSDetector77

      Christianity historically grows as more people are martyred this way. Too bad atheists only kill for their religion, maybe then more people would agree! Hey Mao, Stalin, and Hitler (all atheists) built a gulag, concentration camp, or wiped out a religious culture through genocide lately? 😉 Atheists, a delusional religion that killed more people than any other in only one century. 😀

      February 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Bluto

      BS just learned about Hitler in his bible study class at Hillbilly High. He was so impressed he puts him in every post. BS, my man, Hitler was a Catholic and so were most of his soldiers. I think the ones who weren't Catholic were mostly Lutheran but I'd have to look that up. Rightwingers today have put up websites saying he was an atheist, but that's BS. Read a book. He went after Jews the way Limbaugh went after liberals, and found that people don't need much excuse to hate and kill. Stalin and Mao worshiped Marx. And I guess YOU aren't Christian; you hate and lie. Most of your post is a lie, meant to be hurtful, and you know it; fine way to follow Jesus.

      February 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
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