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Posted: 6/19/2003 3:07:27 AM EST
I apologize for repeting this topic if it was previously posted on these forums, I'm a new member. I also hesitated to post it for fear of violating the prohibition against religious posts, however A: the rule is against [b]derogatory comments[/b] and B: it's the anti-gun control ideas to which which I particularly wish to draw attention so I feel this is allowable...Ultimately the Mods will decide I suppose. I got this info in an email that at first struck me as bogus, but upon further research it appears genuine. As a father I was moved by this gentleman's courage and convictions. In his place I'm not sure I'd be capable of coherent thought let alone such a powerful words! On May 27th 1999, just 5 weeks after the murder of his daughter Rachel at Columbine Highschool in Littleton CO., Darrell Scott addressed the House Judiciary committee's subcommittee. What he said needs to be heard by every parent, teacher, politician, sociologist, psychologist and so-called expert! The following is a portion of the transcript: "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 makeup, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and reek havoc. Spiritual influences 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 doing so, 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!"
Link Posted: 6/19/2003 3:43:14 AM EST
Welcome, AJAX15! There isn't a prohibition against religious posts here. We debate those things all the time. The rules are geared toward trying to keep the discussion civil and productive. Sometimes it works and sometimes... oh well! I saw this a long time ago, but these are timeless words. Individual accountability is key to maintaining order in a free society.
Link Posted: 6/19/2003 4:10:03 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/19/2003 4:20:03 AM EST
Gotta give it to you, avengeusa. That's the longest run-on sentence I've seen in a while. [:D]
Link Posted: 6/19/2003 4:49:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/19/2003 4:49:49 AM EST by DoubleFeed]
Link Posted: 6/19/2003 8:35:31 AM EST
I'm a very Anti-organized religion person. Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker lived in my state. I was once beaten for not "feeling the power of the lord" at my aunt's Penta-hostile church. But that man's words hold some of the most truth I have heard in a very long time. I'm not anti-god, only a fool would be, it's just most of his self proclaimed messengers here on Earth are charlotans actually working for the other side. I lament Mr. Scott's loss and thank him for his words of great wisdom. Thanks for posting that Ajax15.
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