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Monday, March 23, 2009

A Colombine Father's Speech

I received this in email format. Be it real or fake, the message it provides is still relevant and important and I believe it and want to share it!


Guess our national leaders didn't expect this, hmm? On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel
, a victim of the Columbine High School
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
of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem
just four nights ago that expresses my feelings

laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious
children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the
question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
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, mind, 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
. 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.
"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
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

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