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[I recieved this e-mail forward the other day and thought a few here might find it of interest.]

DARRELL SCOTT TESTIMONY

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 sub-committee. 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 reek havoc.

Spiritual presence's 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!"

DD


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One of the most touching pieces I have heard from a non-gunner. Wish more of them were so enlightened. Thanks for sharing that DD.
 

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Hi DD,

My God, Mr. Scott really said it nicely. I think young people are lacking moral guidelines. The simplest moral guidelines are the Ten Commandments. Maybe if they were posted prominently in schools kids would have some kind of behavioral guideline to follow. With out moral guidance we cannot teach our children the proper ways to solve problems. I'm no expert but it's obvious that something is missing is today’s society. Mr. Scott is very close to the truth.

Great post DD. I’m sure glad we have a new forum.

Regards,

Rick Tucci
 

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...and that had to come from one of the parents of a slain student...Who are they, these cowards that dare pass laws affecting the citizens of this country without asking our permission?
That man was touched alright...and it looks to me like he's doing a little "touching" of his own...

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All of this change in values speaks volumes about us as a society. My theory is much of the great change in societal values happened concurrently with the increased frequency (and acceptance) of divorce. With that one change, the single family unit became evermore a rare model of the typical American family. No family, often means less emphasis placed on traditional values.

The other great change came with our society becoming a mobile and transient one. I remember my father telling me about sign that used to be posted in stores that said "don't shoplift, or you will bring shame to your family". We lived in a small New England town that had most families living there for several generations. We had roots in that community. Everyone knew everyone else. That creates a more respectful society IMO. I think the concept of shame is mostly absent among todays youth.

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...I agree, not only has "shame" disappeared, along with putting the "family" ahead of personal gains, there is no "conscience"...none...

I don't know if it's ignorance as so many seem to think, or something a lot more sinister...I'm inclined to believe the latter...I don't think simply "educating these people is enough, there's something totally different about many people today...
Sinister is a good word...Evil is another...

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DD,
Great post and it was and Mr. Scott's testimony was well spoken and recieved.
It is often through tragedy that leaders are born we would be fortunate to have politicians that understood.
I would take the string one step further,
indifference for one's self, one's family, and one's country combined with the elements others have commented on are building a society of disenchanted and disheartened people with little to no core value systems.
 

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In many ways we have become an apathetic society. One that allows media images to shape our perceptions of reality. Sad that so many feel their lives are failures, when measured by the standards of the characters that inhabit our televisions. Manipulated by clever advertsing, we have become consumers of the highest order -- with attention spans comparable to gnats.

Todays disenfranchised youth are so desensitized by the glorified Hollywood images of violence, that only in the aftermath of a tragedy such as Columbine, do their parents begin to consider the importance of these influences on their children.

DD


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You're right David...and perhaps we will. There are more and more kids in this situation everyday. I don't think they will be as easily lead as the groups who went before them...To have lived through these assaults, witnessing death within inches, there must be some who felt a force outside themselves...Some that feel they were spared to answer a higher calling.
 
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