I get discouraged by some of the Reader Forum letters about “morality” and personal freedoms recently published in The Herald. If the fundamental Christians have their way, no one — and I mean no one — would have any personal freedoms unless they agree with fundamental Christian ideals.

I’m not one to knock anyone for their personal beliefs. I believe in the Bible, and I am sure my interpretation of it would be in disagreement with others. I am a Christian and have spent the majority of my life serving Jesus in my worship and in my life. Yet, there are some who would condemn me because I believe that everyone — and I mean everyone — has the right to make their own choices as to who they love and want to spend the rest of their lives in a union of love and respect.

The U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, as well as the rights of all to the pursuit of their own happiness. If this is so, why are so many people willing to deny such rights to others? Our world and country are facing much more serious problems than determining who marries who or whether a woman should be in control of her own body.

I read or hear every day about how some people are willing to take away these rights because they disagree on a religious basis. Not everyone is a Christian, but many believe in one God. Many religions have one God they believe in, whether it is Islam, Buddhism or whatever. One God over and above all gods. If this is so and people believe in one God, why are there so many people who have a biased mentality as to who does or does not live or love as we might or might not choose? We are losing more and more of our freedoms because someone disagrees with how others choose to live or love.

I believe that our lives would be more productive by learning to really love others and respect them all for the way they might choose to live.

This country was not founded on Christianity. It was founded on the freedom of religion. This means that all people have the freedom to believe as they choose, not how others believe how they should believe. Too many people are driven away from churches because of the bigotry and disagreements in churches.

We are a nation that has become severely divided, not only in our politics, but also in our beliefs on how a person should live. We should be concentrating on the more important issues, rather than issues that take away any personal freedoms.

There is a song that says, “United we stand, Divided we fall.” Some are trying to divide us more than we already are divided. Why are so many people trying to destroy this great country by interfering in the lives of others by taking away their rights? If we are not careful, we all will lose the liberties we have.

I, for one, pray for this country and hope everyone else does the same without interfering in other people’s lives.

— Don Carr,

Ottawa