Our national leaders probably didn't expect this when DarrellScott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High Schoolshootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House JudiciaryCommittee's subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during thisspecial session of Congress was painfully truthful. They were not preparedfor what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard byevery parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, everypsychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spokenby Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There isno doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. Thefollowing 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 kindnessor the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel JoyScott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven childrenwho died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers."
"The first recorded act of violence was when Cainslew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club heused. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killerwas 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 asthe NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not evenown a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don'tbelieve that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore, Ido not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anythingto do with Rachel's murder, I would be their strongest opponent."
"I am here today to declare that Columbine was notjust a tragedy - it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to lookat where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies behind the pointingfingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights agothat expresses my feelings best. This was written way before I knew I wouldbe 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 consistof body, soul, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part ofour make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred torush in and reek havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educationalsystems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges beganas theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happenedto us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we openthe doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine'stragedy occurs - politicians immediately seek to pass more restrictive lawsthat contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We donot need more restrictive laws. "Eric and Dylan would not have beenstopped by metal detectors." No amount of gun laws can stop someonewho spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lieswithin our own hearts. Political posturing and restrictive legislation arenot the answers. The young people of our nation hold the key. There is aspiritual awakening taking place that will not be squelched! We do not needmore religion. We do not need more gaudy television evangelists spewingout verbal religious garbage. We do not need more million dollar churchbuildings built while people with basic needs are being ignored. We do needa change of heart and a humble acknowledgment that this nation was foundedon the principle of simple trust in God!"
"As my son Craig lay under that table in the schoollibrary and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes - he did nothesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him thatright! I challenge every young person in America, and around the world,to realize that on April 20, 1999, prayer was brought back to our schoolsat Columbine High School. Do not let the many prayers offered by those studentsbe in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregardfor 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 asincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the firststone! My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of thiscountry will not allow that to happen!"
Do what the media did not - - let the nation hear this man's speech.Please send this out to everyone you can.
this man's speech.Please send this out to everyone you can.