March 18, 2004


The parents of Scott Elliott, who runs the excellent Election Projection site, have been murdered in Iraq. Larry T. Elliott and Jean Dover Elliott were working on humanitarian relief projects in Iraq for the Baptist Church. Killed in the same attack was David McDonnall; David's wife Carrie is presently in hospital, critically ill.

Florida Cracker, where I first learned of Scottís site, has further details. Also, more here and here.

Scott, you have many, many friends all around the world. Some of us you havenít met, but we know you through your site. And the thoughts of all of us are with you now.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 18, 2004 03:26 AM

The foulness of these terrorists is almost impossible to contemplate. These people were murdered specifically because they were trying to improve the lives of Iraqis. If Iraqis are at peace and enjoy a reasonable standard of living, the terrorists lose.

Posted by: David Gillies at March 18, 2004 at 03:49 AM

Helping people, digging wells, doing whatever needed to be done to help the Iraqis rebuild their lives.

They are now at rest from all the work they did. May the Lord comfort their family and friends.

Posted by: Chris Josephson at March 18, 2004 at 04:16 AM

How sad.

Posted by: Dwayne at March 18, 2004 at 04:20 AM

from what i've read they were wonderful, decent people. may they rest in peace.

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at March 18, 2004 at 04:29 AM

I will long cherish your words of sympathy. My parents were indeed wonderful, decent people. Those qualities were a reflection of the work of Jesus Christ in their lives. Without Him, all is vanity. They understood that and were willing to give their earthly lives for the One who had given His life for them.

Posted by: Scott Elliott at March 18, 2004 at 05:10 AM

Scott, I'm glad to hear that their lives were lived wisely and for the glory of God. Their deaths were not in vain. I pray that God will help you through this time.

Jeremiah 29:11
Isaiah 41:10

Posted by: Cal at March 18, 2004 at 05:31 AM

How unfortunate, what a loss.

Of course Margo, Robert, etc. these people were murdered because of why - oil, Haliburton, GWB? Here were people on the ground, doing God's work in a place that may get a chance for freedom, and all you leftist A**HOLES can come up with is how horrible it is that anyone even tried to free Iraq and then private citizens bring their own labor to try and make a difference.

Scott, your parents were brave heroic people, doing a job that most of us here would not try to do. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. May God grant you peace.

Posted by: JEM at March 18, 2004 at 05:42 AM

Baptists get a lot of bad press as intolerant zealots, but if you are passing through my town and find yourself in need of trauma care you'll notice the evac. chopper and pilot, hospital and surgical team are all courteously of Southern Baptists. Next time a leftist badmouths Southern Baptists help him frame the issue in a context he understands. Say they are sorta like Hezbollah, only without the suicide bombing.

Posted by: David from Atlanta at March 18, 2004 at 06:25 AM

Ah, well, as John Pilger would say, another couple of insignificent eggs broken for the greater cause of making the glorious omelette of Iraq For The Iraqis.

Does it strike anyone else as odd that the Left thinks Ba'athist rump and the Isalmofascist jihad-tourists have a greater moral right to use force keeping foreigners out of their country, than the elected government of Australia has to keep foreigners out of ours?

Posted by: Uncle Milk at March 18, 2004 at 07:04 AM

Scott, please accept my condolences.

Posted by: Gary at March 18, 2004 at 07:22 AM

Deepest condolences Scott. I cannot begin to understand what you are feeling right now but please know that my thoughts are with you.

Posted by: Rob at March 18, 2004 at 07:40 AM

Those qualities were a reflection of the work of Jesus Christ in their lives. Without Him, all is vanity. They understood that and were willing to give their earthly lives for the One who had given His life for them.
No greater praise could be spoken of them. May the Lord comfort you during your time of loss, and may the fruits of your parents work be an testament to the Lord.

(From a fellow Southern Baptist.)

Posted by: Crusader at March 18, 2004 at 07:46 AM

This is awful, terrible news. It's times like this I really wish I could do something other than just extend my sympathies. Your parents sound like wonderful people, curse the filth that murdered them to hell.

Posted by: Amos at March 18, 2004 at 08:16 AM

The first thought that came into my mind, was the old hymn, Onward Christian Soldiers, this sad event gives it new meaning.

Posted by: Wallace at March 18, 2004 at 08:40 AM

My sympathies for the loss of your parents and their collegue. Their work was honorable and courageous.

Posted by: Craig Mc at March 18, 2004 at 09:20 AM

I'm deeply touched, Scott, by your parents exceptional example.

Posted by: Robin Roberts at March 18, 2004 at 09:29 AM

From an American Baptist: God protect you, Scott.

Posted by: Michael Ubaldi at March 18, 2004 at 09:58 AM

Ahem. Say, folks, do you think that we could hold off on the lefty idiot-bashing, just, you know, in this thread? Not that I disagree with your sentiments, it's just that I don't really think this is the place to express them.

I'm very, very sorry, Scott.

Posted by: Angie Schultz at March 18, 2004 at 09:58 AM

Angie Schultz,

You're right. My apologies -- and condolences instead.

Posted by: Uncle Milk at March 18, 2004 at 10:21 AM

My condolences, Scott.

Posted by: JeffS at March 18, 2004 at 12:10 PM

My deepest condolences too. They were doing Good Work in a world of bad actors.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at March 18, 2004 at 01:15 PM

one set of fanatics vs. another

Posted by: sam at March 18, 2004 at 02:22 PM

Condolences to Scott. His parents had Good intentions, which is what counts in the eyes of their creator.

Posted by: Jack Strocchi at March 18, 2004 at 02:40 PM

Condolences to Scott

Posted by: d at March 18, 2004 at 03:03 PM

Commenters at Democratic Underground, of course, blamed it on the victims. They shouldn't have been "proselytizing" there (despite having been too busy doing humanitarian work to "proselytize").

Scott, our thoughts are with you.

Posted by: Ken Summers at March 19, 2004 at 01:49 AM

Luke 14:12-14

He said also to the man who had invited him, "When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just."

You will see your parents at the resurrection, Scott.

Posted by: Tongue Boy at March 19, 2004 at 02:11 AM

I dont know if you remember me , but i want to tell you that your parents were very importantin my life, their show a lot of things through their testimony.I felt so sad when i listened the news,bu came to my mind a vers that Jean teached me, for me to live to live is Crist and to die is won,I really gonna miss them but i am sure that now they are rejoycing with God.

Posted by: keila vides at March 20, 2004 at 11:23 AM