From: "West" <cwest@
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  Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2000 12:35 PM
  Subject: [Friends_Of_Vitaland] FOR EVERYONE THAT HAS CHILDREN


  On Thursday, May 27, 1999, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a
  victim of the Columbine High School Shootings in Littleton Colorado,
  wasinvited to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee. What
  he
  said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was
  painfully truthful. 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:

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  "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 influences 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 doing so, 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!"