Scotts powerful speech

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I thought I would share this....

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 was 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 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 presences 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!"


This personally hit home for me. Sorry for the novel...

Later,
Bill
 

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I appreciate this man's words, his emotions, I feel for the loss of a child, I hope his words don't fall on deaf ears, and since the vast majority of politicians claim to be christian, it should have made an impact. Though I fear it won't, organized Christianity in America and the world is just another political tool. It's worn like a lapel pin, shown like an ID badge. Not all, but I see a whole lot of people that call themselves christians and attend church every Sunday, are doing nothing but going through the motions, there is no belief, no faith, just posing and smiling because the neighbors might see them...

I am not pointing fingers, I am just saying that playing the religious hand in Congress is sorta like farting in the wind. I just do not believe that there is a whole lot of real belief or faith in the Government, Just hollow posturing to attract the easily fooled masses come election time... Conveniant belief and faith...
 

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I applaud Mr Scott for knowing that guns aren't the reason behind the Columbine killings.. and that it was just the evil actions of the gunmen.  If they didn't have guns they would have done it some other way.. explosive, poison, knives, etc.  However I feel he is wrong in trying to force prayer in public schools.  If one person wants to pray in school.. let them do it alone or in a group on their own time.. but to have a forced 'prayer time' within a public school in this country is absurd.  There are many religions that pray in many ways in this country, and many good people that are either spitiual (but not religious), athiest, or agnostic that don't feel the need for religion in their lives.  To force various religious actions within a public group of people is immoral.
There have been many crimes committed by strongly religious people, so stating that because someone has God in their life they aren't going to commit these crimes is simply not true.  I'm not talking about those who are just going through the actions.. I'm talking about those who truely believe what they feel is right - for example.. abortion doctor murderers.  

"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 presences 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.
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I completely disagree with this statement.  Millions of people in this world are not religious and carry completely good-natured and law-abiding lifestyles.  However, the spirit part of this statement can be applied without bringing in a mention of religion or God.  Many people have complete faith in themselves to be good people and do what is right to their fellow man.. and that way of life has absolutely nothing to do with religion.  If you told them they have a void which can allow evil, hatred, and prejudice in because they don't believe in God, I'm sure they'd be just as offended as if your preacher told you that you were going to hell.

Religion is a very personal issue and should be kept within the church, home, and affiliated organizations (like PRIVATE schools).
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..and yes I am a Christian.. and believe it's wrong to tell other people how to live their lives.  Fix the problem of raising deranged children instead of just saying they needed to have God in their lives.  They need to make a conscious choice to be good people, not just have faith in something.
 

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