Prayer in the Schools was Removed Legally.
The following letter describes some effects of this act, as told to Congress:
Reminds me of a story I heard right after this incident:A little girl was
Night and asked God "Why do you let so much trouble go on in the schools, the
killings,the drugs,the rapes,the threatening of teachers and all the fighting? God
answered her and said "little girl. I am not allowed in school"
On Thursday, May 27, 1999, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a
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. 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-- 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 makeup, we create a void that
allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and reek 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
My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow
that to happen!:"
Be courageous enough to do what the media did not, let the nation hear
this man's speech. Please send this out to everyone you can.!!!
Credits: Anonymous e-mail/ Thanks "Liz" :)
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