I was reminded today of testimony given to a congressional committee sometime after the Columbine High School shootings nearly ten years ago. In light of more recent, and seemingly more frequent, shootings in our schools, it seems appropriate to reproduce some of those comments here. This is a poem written by Darrell Scott, father of Rachel Scott, who was a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado.
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!
Here is a complete copy of the e-mail that was circulating then: Link
I certainly think that the topic of prayer in school is one that should be revisited.