I am writing in response to James Bruno's letter "U.S. Immorality" (Sept. 10). Initially dismissing his remarks as the same fire-and-brimstone drivel I occasionally encounter in the PG editorial section, I was inspired to respond by his convoluted "logic" and the irony of his entire argument.
His claim that a lack of religious freedom is the culprit behind suffering in the Middle East is partly true. However, equally responsible for the violence and misery plaguing the region is the same type of religious zealotry that fuels his letter. Why do so many ignore that our Constitution guarantees us freedom from religion as well as freedom of religion? Regardless of the Founding Fathers' religious convictions, they were smart enough to create a secular republic where religion is neither established nor prohibited.
Finally, I found offensive what I interpreted as using a crime against humanity as a platform to spout narrow-minded rhetoric, especially when the issues attacked have nothing to do with the atrocity in Syria. Regardless of anyone's opinion on abortion or same-sex marriage, they are law. These laws were decided by impartial courts in the same "immoral" democracy where Mr. Bruno can freely write his views. Perhaps he should seek out like-minded peers across the Middle East. Then again, upon calling for freedom of religion, he would probably meet a fate similar to the gas attack victims in Syria.
DANIEL J. McKAY