thought this was good; hope it's not a duplicate thread:
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 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 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 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!"
Do what the media did not - - let the nation hear this man's speech. Please send this out.
Great story, if it were true. [url]http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/scott.htm[/url]
Ummm maybe it was a bunch of pussy assed colordao yuppie parents more concerned about 'careers' and material possesion then they were about their kids????? Blame the schools- blame the guns- anyone but yourself.
Snopes says his speech except for the opening and closing statements of the email and such WERE true, but the fact that the media tried to supress it was the false part, as well as the fact that it was before national leaders. He just did it in a small hearing thingamabob. However, the father of a Columbine student did give those words, so it should still hold the same meaning I think.
Originally Posted By Dredd308: Great story, if it were true. [url]http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/scott.htm[/url]
Regardless of how you guys belittle the massage by picking at the perimeter of the post or the media as expected tries to hide it, it is a strong massage full of truth and wisdom delivered by a brave man who has lost a child. Anyone with a child in public school now will tell you that the schools are ran by products of those same public schools. Public schools that tolerated social clicks in my generation and now encourage them in my sons. The individual is frowned upon and ostracized by both students and teachers. The word once hated in my father's generation Co-op seen as a product of communism is brandished as doctrine. This year alone my son was punished by detention because he had to audacity to use the school products my money bought and he brought to school out of turn while the other child who tore up my son's project in retaliation was praised for his upholding the co-op. Sound familiar, it should for it rings of communism in its purest form. Children are encouraged to turn on the other children in every respect from turning them in for minor offenses to ostracizing them for reading a certain book or believing in anything that doesn't fit the idea of proper school policy or activity to include shooting. Prayer is frowned upon for the proper image is Godless once again it sounds familiar for the communist did everything in their power to stamp religion out of existence. These isolated children are segregated socially and humiliated publicly with the teachers not only tolerating it but also encouraging it. Suicide rates in teenagers climb to all time records. Some like at Columbine rebel and take deadly action. The whole time we wonder why and blame everyone but ourselves. You ever wonder why almost every school in America placed police officers on campus after Columbine? I’ll tell you, it’s because the same conditions are in every public school. Conditions put there by our politicians for no other reason than political gains on agenda’s having little if nothing to do with our children’s welfare. How will they react to this situation? By passing more laws not based on a solution but their own political agendas. Our children are being taught God is bad therefore in their minds what are God’s words must be bad. We see the same product of that education right here on this forum often. I’ll never forget the post where one member said I do not murder only cause I would go to jail not that it was wrong. Right and wrong are not the property of God’s children alone but all of us. By condemning the teachings we condone the opposite. Even knowing this, we scratch our heads and wonder why or how such a thing could happen. Wake up America taking God out of the schools gives a mixed signal on right and wrong whether you believe in God or not. You can take a horse to the trough but you can’t make him drink. Hit him in the side of the head and he will turn the otherway. Tj
ummm, you are all wasting your time. You are preaching to the choir. Send this to your congress critter, post it on DU. Don't come telling US that we need guns and guns aren't the cause. We know this. Thanks for the post, but it's in the wrong place. matt
Didn't read the post now did we? Tj