Subject: Darrell Scott Testimony


     Columbine happened over 3 and 1/2 years ago......Since then September 11, 2001 occured and all of our     lives have been so changed.  Read the following and pray for healing for the families of all the victims.


     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 reek  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 you.


     "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.