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Re: [Fwd: Needs to be read.......]

With all of the innocent people being let off death row nowadays, how can we be
sure that we are not executing...   Oh, wait, I forgot, this is a hosta forum.



Bob wrote:

> Subject: Needs to be read.......
> Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 07:45:25 -0500
> From: "Beth Arnold" <seabeth@heart.net>
> To: "Bob Axmear" <bobaxe@sbt.net>
> Bob, Again I would appreciate this being passed on to our hosta people.  I
> knew of this but at the time, it was blocked by the liberal press and that
> is a crime so this is the first time I have had access to this material.
> I'm sending a copy of this to my congressman and senators to let them know
> it is being circulated and that they are committing a crime by allowing the
> liberal media to block this type of news.
> Thanks, Beth
> > > > deeobrien@worldnet.att.net writes:
> On Thursday, May 27, 1999, 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.  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 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 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 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!"  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.
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