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January 07, 1994

* Tom Snyder's letter (Dec. 20) is a rather specious analysis of why right-wing Christians have not been more successful at being elected to school boards. The complaint that "conservative Christians have been virtually locked out of the decision-making process in our educational institutions . . . " rings as true as the lumping together of everyone Snyder disagrees with as "anti-Christian bigots."

As president of the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, I can assure the writer that his generalization, which includes Planned Parenthood, is extreme to a fault. Perhaps that is why many voters are reluctant to entrust their schools' leadership to religious practitioners. They have a knack of doing too much "lumping together" instead of careful study and analysis of the educational issues before us. What is not understood or agreed with is simply condemned.

THE REV. STEPHEN J. MATHER

Pastor, First Presbyterian Church

Anaheim

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