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Columbine Update
Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 13:35:32 -0500


Aug. 27 2002
Guess our national leaders didn't expect this, hmm?
On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the
Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to
address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee. What he said to
our national leaders during this special session of Congress was
painfully truthful. They were not prepared for what he had to say, nor
was it received well.

It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician,
every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These
courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and
deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice
crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:

"Since the dawn of creation there has been both good &evil in the
hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the
seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy
Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven
children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for
answers."
"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother
Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used. Neither
was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was
Cain, and the
reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart."
"In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at
how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am
not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun.
I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe
that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not
believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything
to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent."
"I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy-it
was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the
real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room.
Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers
themselves. "I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my
feelings best. This was written way before I knew I would be speaking
here today":

Your laws ignore our deepest needs, Your words are empty air.

You've stripped away our heritage, You've outlawed simple prayer.

Now gunshots fill our classrooms, And precious children die.

You seek for answers everywhere, And ask the question" Why?"

You regulate restrictive laws, Through legislative creed.

And yet you fail to understand, That God is what we need!

"Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, soul, and
spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we
create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and
wreak havoc. Spiritual presence were present within our educational
systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges
began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact.
What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God,
and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when
something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs politicians
immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek
to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our
personal and private liberties. We do
not need more restrictive laws."
"Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No
amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type
of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts. Political
posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers. The young
people of our nation hold the key."
"There is a spiritual awakening taking place that will not be
squelched! We do not need more religion. We do not need more gaudy
television evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage. We do not
need more million dollar church buildings built while people with basic
needs are being ignored. We do need a change of heart and a humble
acknowledgment that this nation was founded on the principle of simple
trust in God!"
"As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw
his two friends murdered before his very eyes-He did not hesitate to
pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I
challenge every young person in America, and around the world, to
realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was
brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by
those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a
sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to
communicate with Him."

"To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA - I give to you
a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the
first stone!"

"My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this
country will not allow that to happen!"

Do what the media did not - - let the nation hear this man's speech.!!!
 
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