Wants all to love all their neighbors as themselves

To the editor:

I would like to respond to Mrs. Jane Brown’s article, where she “contends there is a fight between good and evil.” Mrs. Brown, I don’t know if you knew this, but there has always been a fight between good and evil going on for a long time – since Adam and Eve sinned, to be exact. I’m a young Conservative (politically) and what you described was completely out of touch.

Even though we might attend different churches (I’m Catholic), I encourage you to look at the Bible: It’s a wonderful book, but it’s more than that. It is filled with messages and stories from God himself that are meant to help people in the right direction. Love thy neighbor. Be a good person. That’s it! But when you start turning stories into literal translations of hierarchies, power, and doom, you end up with what we have today: A big mess.

People are losing faith because they don’t see how what you’ve turned the religion into applies to them. They’ve lost touch with any idea of any kind of religion, and you, Mrs. Brown, need to remember the most important rule of all: Love thy neighbor.

Sure, we might have different thoughts on marriage, including the concepts of divorce, interracial, and gay marriage, but let me ask you this: What harm have gays done to you or anyone else? Same with atheists? I have friends who are gay and/or atheist, but does that mean I have to shun them or immediately cast an unfair judgement upon them? Of course not. They aren’t strangers; they are our friends and neighbors. They have morals too. As a person who cited the Bible, Mrs. Brown, don’t you think that we should be treating everyone, whether they are gay or straight, atheist or believer, white or black, as we would treat ourselves (with love, compassion, and integrity)? In addition, integrity includes self-respect, in which you respect your own views while respecting another’s. It goes both ways, and I hope you realize that, because our Founding Fathers sure did when they gave us the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech.

Mrs. Brown, Jesus said “a new commandment I give unto you: Love one another, as I have loved you,” and He wasn’t referring to just a specific group of people: He was referring to everyone, including you and me, gays and lesbians, atheists and believers, friends and foes alike.

Jonathan Hayes