Loss of a child: Columbine mom to speak at Marco Island Prayer Breakfast

Beth Nimmo

Beth Nimmo

Crisis enters our lives in many different ways; having yourself or a loved one diagnosed with a deadly disease, the loss of a job, the breakup of the family unit or the loss of a parent or close friend. All of these are tragic events which have, or will befall you, a family member or a friend.

The one event that you can never prepare yourself for is that of the loss of a child, or worse yet the loss of two. Beth Nimmo faced that prospect on April 20, 1999 when her daughter, Rachel Joy Scott was the first victim of the senseless violence which thrust itself on the small community of Columbine, Colorado.

That day a total of 12 students and one teacher were murdered and 24 others were wounded and three injured while attempting escape of this calculated, cowardly and horrific act of violence by two of their fellow students.

Beth had another child in the school that day, Craig, who played dead in the library to divert the attention of the gunmen. At one point, Craig related that he prayed for the Lord to take away his fear and give him courage. God immediately answered that prayer and used Craig to lead himself and others to safety.

Nimmo eill be the keynote speaker at this year’s Marco Island Community Pray Breakfast. She’ll speak about a message of hope and encouragement in addition to her faith in the good that can be done by us all, even in times of great tragedy.

“This is the 31st year of the event which was created to bring together the community as one, in recognition of the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us by our creator,” said Jim Lane, chairman of the steering committee which sponsors the event. “Beth should serve as an inspiration to all as she keeps the wonderful spirit of her daughter Rachel alive as she brings forth words of encouragement for others who are experiencing great pain in their lives.”

“Beth Nimmo has a message that is special from her heart and from a perspective that will move all that are present to witness her words,” said Blaine Fluther, one of the other committee members.

In addition to Beth Nimmo’s presentation the assemblage will be able to enjoy the inspirational music of the Mega Praise Team who inspired the gathering last year with their musical talents.

The Prayer Breakfast began 31 years ago and has grown to be one of the most widely attended events on the island. The event will bring together citizens, organizations, businesses and government leaders for a morning of reflection and encouragement and to bring the community together in an acknowledgment of the need of Almighty God’s blessing in the affairs of our community and in recognition of His values as the foundation of our nation’s history.

The event will be held at the Marco Island Marriott Resort from 7:30 until 9:30 a.m., Feb. 11. Tickets are on sale by visiting any house of worship on Marco Island, at the website at www.marcoislandprayerbreakfast.com, or at the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce.

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MIOCENE1 writes:

"God immediately answered that prayer and used Craig to lead himself and others to safety."

I assume that Beth is referring to the same god which stood by and allowed the gunmen to exercise their "free will" to plan and carry out the murder of thirteen others.

This is the same god who helped us defeat Hitler, Tojo and Mussolini after they exercised their "free will" and caused the deaths of 55 million men, women and children; and the suffering of millions more.

With a god like this; -who needs a devil?

MIOCENE (PAREIDOLIA)

MIOCENE1 writes:

"many blessings that have been bestowed upon us by our creator"

"BLESSING" or "BLESSED" is defined as "divinely favored".

Ever wonder why god doesn't BLESS the miserable people of HAITI? -or the children living in the squalor of some stinking East African village?

Are we somehow more DESERVING in the eyes of god not to suffer hunger and drought?
Did god look upon the earth, wave his hand; and BLESS Marco Island; while ignoring the deeply religious people of Haiti?

Haiti is the perfect laboratory to test the "power of prayer". They have been praying for 150 years; and are not much better off now, then they were as slaves.
Religion is a mental disorder.

Regardless: I am sorry that you lost a child at Columbine, Beth.

MIOCENE (PAREIDOLIA)

RayPray writes:

"The event will bring the community together in an acknowledgment of the need of Almighty God’s blessing in the affairs of our community and in recognition of His values as the foundation of our nation’s history."

>>> Assuming this rag is a legitimate Scrips Howard newspaper, why was the above printed without quotes, as if undisputable?

>>> Did eagle-eyed 'reporter' Steph fact check this statement?

>>> With whom?

>>> Do we find this 'Almighty God's blessing' in, for instance, the operations of the overpaid & dysfunctional Marco Keystone Kops?

>>> Why can't our community be just as powerfully brought together by those of us that choose instead to worship Satan, or even the Divine Obama?

1Paradiselost writes:

"When it comes to BS, big-time, major league BS, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest. No contest. Religion".

"Religion easily has the greatest BS story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time"!

"But He loves you"!

"He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money"!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r-e2N...

1Paradiselost writes:

Another... Bill Maher's - Feature on Religion. Religulous.

http://vimeo.com/53480379

Tom_Massie writes:

1P,

Honestly now, do you really think that people, who Believe, really care what you say?

It really looks like you get extremely riled up over this issue, and for the most part rightfully so, but what makes you think you are the one that is going to make people think differently than they have for generation after generation?

Good luck, but you are beating your head up against something you will never feel that you are coming up a winner.

Be happy there is no more "burning at the stakes" here. (that I am aware of)

Tom Sr.

1Paradiselost writes:

Tom.. I lost a daughter when she was 27. I need not say anymore.

MIOCENE1 writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

1P,

Honestly now, do you really think that people, who Believe, really care what you say?

It really looks like you get extremely riled up over this issue, and for the most part rightfully so, but what makes you think you are the one that is going to make people think differently than they have for generation after generation?

Good luck, but you are beating your head up against something you will never feel that you are coming up a winner.

Be happy there is no more "burning at the stakes" here. (that I am aware of)

Tom Sr.

You're right about not being able to change anything.

I asked a Catholic and a Muslim the following question at a live forum:
If the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her she would be the mother of Jesus; then why would the same angel Garbel appear to Mohammed to dictate a NEW religion which holds that there is "no god BUT god" and god can't HAVE a son?

Since neither could comprehend the fact that both, or one of their religions is a hoax; it is quite clear that belief in a religion is a mental disorder.

MIOCENE1 writes:

For those of you who are interested; here is the true story of Moses; and all you have to know about him:

Moses was a power hungry megalomaniac who would do ANYTHING to maintain control over his people in his little nomadic empire.

Yet no one would LISTEN to Moses, as the people wanted to be free to go to places LIKE Sodom and Gomorrah (Reno and Vegas); just like people want to do today. Nothing has changed.

So Moses went up on top of a mountain, made up some RULES OF ORDER; came back down, and told his people that GOD gave him the rules; and if they didn’t obey the rules; GOD (not Moses) would punish them; no different than what the clergy are still doing today. Nothing has changed. People are still people.

Here, Moses invented the position of the dreaded “Middle Management”.

Hence, the peasants quivered under their blankets, and every time there was a thunderstorm, earthquake, flood or sandstorm; it was punishment for some guy sneaking into his neighbor’s tent to have sex.

Centuries later comes along a charismatic religious reformer named Jesus Christ; but that's another story.
However, the names changed but the concept stayed the same; -control of people; by their leaders; through fear, guilt, and spiritual politics (claims of miracles).

Centuries later we have a code of beliefs which is complex enough to justify the existence of clergy who claim to know the word of god; even though it is really just the word of ancient megalomaniacs like Joshua and Moses.

Today the tradition is carried on as each Hasidic Community has its OWN Moses;
a dictator; who uses superstition as a tool to maintain Control over his people; just as Moses did in the ancient world.

Fast forward to the present and we have Clerics, Popes and Ministers still doing the same thing; as they dangle the carrot of eternal salvation; keeping the crowds grabbing at the carrot with one hand, while writing a check with the other.

Christianity, Islam, and Judaism: Mythological superstition rooted in, exaggeration, hallucination, self delusion and lies with each religion valid only within its own scripture; as the validity of their divine origins all cancel each other out to a net value of zero.

No man-god rose from the dead. No angel spoke to a desert Arab; and no god told Joshua to kill everyone in Jericho perpetrating the first recorded incident of ethnic cleansing since when our Cro Magnon ancestors wiped out their Neanderthal neighbors.

MIOCENE (PAREIDOLIA)

Tom_Massie writes:

in response to MIOCENE1:

You're right about not being able to change anything.

I asked a Catholic and a Muslim the following question at a live forum:
If the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her she would be the mother of Jesus; then why would the same angel Garbel appear to Mohammed to dictate a NEW religion which holds that there is "no god BUT god" and god can't HAVE a son?

Since neither could comprehend the fact that both, or one of their religions is a hoax; it is quite clear that belief in a religion is a mental disorder.

What religion has turned into could be construed as a mental disorder, what is should have been before man put his two cents in, here and there, could have been a reasonable order.

Man thinking that he is superior to all other living things, because he can say so, seems to me to be the major problem......and that includes being superior to other human beings.

Very sorry for your loss 1P, and I can understand your rationale.

Tom Sr.

Ruger writes:

Why does it seem like anytime God is mentioned in an article, the apparent 'militant atheist' type's go off? Belief in God is part of Traditional American Values that made us great.

In God We Trust

RayPray writes:

in response to Ruger:

Why does it seem like anytime God is mentioned in an article, the apparent 'militant atheist' type's go off? Belief in God is part of Traditional American Values that made us great.

In God We Trust

"Belief in God...made us great."

>>> It is observed that, in America, belief in God is wide but quite shallow.

>>> Certainly our faith is much less deep than the billion or so, primarily in the Middle East, that, 5 times a day, prostrate themselves toward the sacrosanct a~nus of Mohammed.

>>> Is their belief in Allah what makes pest-holes like Libya, Egypt, Palestine 'great'?

>>> Columbine happened 15 years ago. It's unfortunate her kid was killed. But it could have equally been a stoke of lightning.

>>> Yet she dreamed up this fairy tale is is flogging it around the country for $30-- a pop.

>>> I could be wrong. But how much you want to bet Jesus fails to buy a ticket to join the Profession Realtors and jitterbugging businessmen at this prayer breakfast?

Tom_Massie writes:

in response to MIOCENE1:

You're right about not being able to change anything.

I asked a Catholic and a Muslim the following question at a live forum:
If the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her she would be the mother of Jesus; then why would the same angel Garbel appear to Mohammed to dictate a NEW religion which holds that there is "no god BUT god" and god can't HAVE a son?

Since neither could comprehend the fact that both, or one of their religions is a hoax; it is quite clear that belief in a religion is a mental disorder.

It is quite disturbing that belief in religion is such a mental disorder that has caused the deaths of tens of million of people throughout history and nobody has been able to face the ridiculousness and horrible results of such actions........and the beat goes on!

Ruger writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

It is quite disturbing that belief in religion is such a mental disorder that has caused the deaths of tens of million of people throughout history and nobody has been able to face the ridiculousness and horrible results of such actions........and the beat goes on!

You should note that under banner of communism there is between 40,472,000 to 259,432,000 human lives lost under Atheistic communist regimes...

http://www.conservapedia.com/Atheism_...

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Ruger:

You should note that under banner of communism there is between 40,472,000 to 259,432,000 human lives lost under Atheistic communist regimes...

http://www.conservapedia.com/Atheism_...

How many human lives of native Americans lost their lives by the conquest of North and South America in the name of God? Most of this conquerors were organized in the Holy Roman Catholic Church?

In 1492 Columbus found the New World. There he called people from well-known reasons "Indians." An estimated 60 million indigenous people lived in North and South America.

By the year 1900 more than 90 percent of them were dead.

Tom_Massie writes:

Ruger,

Thank You. It appears that the whole world is mentally disabled when it comes to this issue.

It all boils down to if you think differently or are different in any way there is a reason for some lunatic or lunatic group to want to kill you.

Tom Sr.

MIOCENE1 writes:

in response to Ruger:

You should note that under banner of communism there is between 40,472,000 to 259,432,000 human lives lost under Atheistic communist regimes...

http://www.conservapedia.com/Atheism_...

This is a misconception.

The murders by Stalin and others were not done in the NAME of Atheism. These murders were done in the name of the STATE. Atheism was just a TOOL to achieve that end; meaning that all loyalty must be channeled to the STATE; leaving no room for religion.

The Communist theory was that this would lead to a more efficient government. (state)

By contrast: The murders carried out through centuries of religious wars WERE done in the name of GOD.
That is the difference.

So you see: There is really no similarity between the two; as today most of the Communist Nations and fighters are gone; leaving only the mental disorder of religion; where; in a world full of atom bombs; millions are still willing to kill and die for their god.

The Christians; when faced with overwhelming evidence that they are wrong; are still trying to convince the world that Jesus was the son of a god.
The Muslims; when faced with overwhelming evidence that god DID have a son; still don’t believe it.
The Jews; when faced with overwhelming evidence that their religion is extinct in the face of Christianity and Islam; still claim that the later religions are false.

Put all three in one room with their conflicting absolute beliefs and you will see why religion is a MENTAL DISORDER; and that my friend is why the world has been one big INSANE ASYLUM since the spread of the so-called three great religions.

MIOCENE (PAREIDOLIA)

MIOCENE1 writes:

in response to Ruger:

Why does it seem like anytime God is mentioned in an article, the apparent 'militant atheist' type's go off? Belief in God is part of Traditional American Values that made us great.

In God We Trust

"Belief in God is part of Traditional American Values that made us great"
Sure! That's because it was OUR god which won the religious wars of the New World.

The Native Religions are all but extinct.
(as mentioned by KONFUZIUS)
So THEY don't write "in god we trust"; because the "Indian Great Spirit" god LOST!

You see: "History is written by the winners"; so whatever religion survives the religious war write: "IN GOD WE TRUST".

Finally: It doesn't matter how many sandwiches and medicines the faithful hand out to the poor.
The next atomic bomb which explodes and kills millions will be the result of at least one of the following:
1. The Muslims hate the Hindus
2. The Hindus hate the Muslims.
3. The Muslims hate the Jews.
4. The Christians hate the Muslims.
5. The Catholics hate everybody.

It is just a matter of time before some NUT with a religious mental disorder gets control of the unthinkable.

There is no doubt; that the next great man-made global catastropy; will be the result of man's conflicting belief in GODS.

MIOCENE (PAREIDOLIA)

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