To The Editor:

Two positive developments appear to have occurred from the recent election: 1) More and more people understand that the Republican Party has been hijacked by the Religious Right (through their focus on winning the party primaries), and 2) No longer is the Religious Right able to hide their animosity toward public education and toward separation of church and state, the foundation of religious freedom in America.

The Religious Right may trumpet social issues, but they covet the political power gained from these issues in order to divert public money to private and parochial schools.

In a development relevant to both political parties, many Christian churches are engaged in supporting or opposing specific political candidates, something which I as a political candidate experienced personally.

Above all, it is critically important to recognize that under the Bill of Rights our civil liberties are guaranteed constitutionally, that is, they are subject to no vote. If we allow these churches to change this equation, then overnight we go from a democratic republic to a theocracy. Our ability to examine and re-examine all dogma and shibboleths, be they secular or sectarian, dare not be impaired.