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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Powerful words

I came across this article, and in light of what took place at Virginia Tech last week, I thought it was especially relevant and wanted to post it:

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 and 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, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge the 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 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.

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.

God Bless


Christina said...

I wholeheartedly agree in bringing the nation back to God! After all, our cash does say "In God We Trust" and our Pledge does state "One Nation, Under God." As Christians, we are called, expected even, to stand for God until the end! We can't sit by and continue to let people ease God out of our culture!

Doreen said...

After reading your blog, I was moved to post it at my group's website, a medical school website. I thought that by posting it, I would have shared with many of my medical school classmates the importance of having God in the classrooms. But, boy, I was wrong. It has stirred a lot of negative commentaries especially from my outspoken classmates. I am sure, that after the outspoken has written their part, the ones who is on my side will just keep quiet. I am planning to write my reply but I probably would need your input on this. Thank you very much for the blog. I truly agree with you. The very reason why my husband and I have sacrificed a lot to just put my daughter to Hillcrest Christian School.

I am enclosing some of my classmates replies to my posting:

With all due respect Doreen,
I will voice a different opinion...mass school shootings have not occurred in places where there is strict handgun laws[ NYC for one, Australia for another] and in fact crime here has significantly decreased to the 1960's a city rife with mental illness and 8million people...

Mr Cho would have killed less people if he had used stones or clubs to vent his rage and
anger[ for which there were plenty of cries for help unheeded], instead of two automatic
weapons that could fire 100plus bullets in 9mins...kill 30 and wound 50...

But I do agree that this is all OUR problem as a society...when we glorify aggression and
violence[ now we have a glimpse of what Iraqi's go throw everyday], when society fails to see
mental illness as a not serious enough problem that requires treatment and compassion
instead of criminalizing it[ we spend more on guns and arms than CVD/cancer research
combined, forget mental much energy and resources have been put in autism
for instance that now is in epidemic proportion?].....

The gun lobby is a powerful one, more so if not equal to the drug industry, and for as long as
we do not see it for what it is[ hiding under arguments under article 2, even as the vice president accidentally shots a friend, of the constitution but really propelled by the green buck, just look at the DOW, guns and war is good for the stock market], this country, the most powerful Christian nation on earth, under the administration of fundamentalist republicans where prayer meetings are routinely held in the White house and the Justice dept[ inspite of all the uproar of not being able to do so] while they break laws including though shall not lie, steal and kill....

I have nothing against Prayer and religion, it is a deeply personal matter...but perhaps we have a few lessons to learn from the Buddhists...

Thank you for voicing your opinion, Lisa. I share your exact sentiments.
I have respect for your religious sentiments, Doreen, as well as many others from our batch. But I feel religion is a deeply personal matter.
I have misgivings with the political involvement of the Christian right in this society - .
If having God in your life is the answer to the question on how we stop violence in our society, then explain why Mr. Bush and Mr Cheney, two deeply religious Christians, continue to wage a war that never should have been waged in the first place. Explain why there is no end to the conflicts between the Jews and Palestinians, two deeply religious societies? Explain the religious basis of the wars between Pakistan and India, the Brits and northern Ireland?
Should one then conclude that anyone who does not believe in the Christian God MUST be violent?
Should one think less of anyone who does not believe in the Christian God - like the Buddhists and Muslims?
I have always had a problem with the Christian interpretation of God - ever since my UP days.
I remember the Youth for Christ group coming on to me with the line, "Christ is the Answer".
And sassy me, would say, "Did I ask a question?"
But I did argue with them that no human can make the nasty conclusion that if one did not believe in God, one will not be saved.
That sounds like a human trying to use God to create fear in other humans.
And that, I think is the bottom line: God is being used by humans for their personal, political end. Many humans may mean well, but some do not.
And when these specific humans become the heads of their religious sects, the consequences of their violence in the name of God can be devastating - just like the Jones mass suicide, or the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.
And so all wars in history have been waged by humans who are using God for their political aims.
I can picture Bush going to church and praying daily. Does not move me to believe in what he does as guided by God?
Excuse me while I throw up my coffee.
As to prayer in the school room? I think it should be changed to a personal, spiritual moment of silence, but not Christian prayer.
And so, violence begins and ends with man, regardless of whether God is present in his life of not.

One more thought.
I might respect those who believe in the right to bear arms.
Sure, have a rifle for hunting or marksmanship as a sports.
Sure, if you are police officer.
But give me a break, if the right includes owning an arsenal, or a kid or psycho or an angry skinhead being able to purchase semi-automatic weapons and the like - that can fire hundreds of rounds in a few seconds. - and hand grenades.

Well, I am not so sure anymore about the right to bear arms, I think this requires debate
and a gathering of our best minds...

When we humans have evolved our capacity to produce weapons of mass destruction that can wipe out each other in minutes[ the NYC Dept of Homeland Security for instance
has in it's Disaster Preparedness the hi probability of a terrorist threat a dirty nuclear bomb
that can wipe out 10million people in secs, and ordinary docs like me get solicited for
volunteering for disaster preparedness, including a special Driver's ID that will identify me as a healthcare provider during emergencies....we need to consider that there is just no way for
the current healthcare system to cope with that and we need to make a mental shift and
question our most basic assumptions about each other....
Our incredibly powerful military arsenal[ with a budget of 500Billion annually, still bigger than
the next 25 countries, Iran of which is number 8] what's driving the paranoia around the world, no different than the hunter in Louisiana who thinks he needs a more powerful gun
than his neighbor...
Besides, do we really need to shoot for food? So the only argument left is pleasure hunting...pray tell how does that make us different from the cavemen?
Perhaps we could spend all that money on universal healthcare[ so I don't have to ask for
Byetta samples] and education for our children, and alleviating poverty around the world so
people don't get angry at us and attack us, nor we attack each other because some of us
need to work two jobs to put food on the table while some of us fly to Paris for lunch....

Paul LeGrand said...

Wow. I never would have known. We have, more than ever before in American, a media that spoon feeds their listeners only the things that fit their own template. As a former video news cameraman, I've seen enough stories killed or twisted into something artificially sensational, that Ino longer rely on any of the mainstream media for information.

It probably never even occurs to those in the mainstream media that Christians in America are on the verge of losing freedom of religion. Atheism is a religious value too, but somehow it's fair game to them to shove their values down everybody else's throat.

The day will soon be upon us when Americans who quote the bible will be persecuted, and prosecuted, under hate speech laws, and evangelical Christians will find the founding fathers words twisted from "freedom of religion" into "freedom from religion."