Excellent commentary by John Kass in the Sept. 17 HDN: “Are you now, have you ever been, a Christian?” If you missed it, you need to go back and read this article. To summarize: Two U.S. senators “are applying a religious test to public office” for a law professor nominated to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Is this not anti-Christian bigotry? The president of Notre Dame, the Rev. John Jenkins, responded in an open letter, “I ask you and your colleagues to respect those in whom ‘dogma lives loudly’ — which is a condition we call faith. For the attempt to live such faith while one upholds the law should command respect, not evoke concern.”

But what are the roots of this “concern?” It started with a period in history called the Enlightenment (more properly called “the Endarkenment”) championed by Machiavelli. Some of our U.S. universities have been teaching this secular liberalism (moral relativism) ever since they were established. It is now firmly ingrained in our public education system down to the lowest level.

The media champions this secular liberalism, and they seek to promote this as “no religion” or “neutral” — what is left over after all religion is removed from the public arena. But this is so very far from true. What they are really doing is establishing “secular liberalism” as our state religion. If you don’t believe that truth is relative (and yet they have clearly defined truths) then you are intolerant and a bigot.

One way to fight this “state religion” right now is through the courts, i.e., the “establishment clause” — “Congress shall make no law establishing a religion.” Another way is to turn off secular media and tune in to alternative media such as the local Catholic radio station 88.1 KVDM. The long-term solution is to change our public education system. The large increase in homeschooling children is already the natural response by parents seeking to avoid teaching this secular moral relativism. School choice needs to happen — parents should not be forced to teach this moral relativism to their children.

By seeking to eliminate Jesus from our culture, the media is promoting the very thing they claim they are fighting — bigotry and hatred. I will repeat from my previous letter: Jesus is the answer, the solution. Jesus brought love and forgiveness. We as Christians need to bring the same.

Lawrence J. Reichert,