Maggie L. Cooper writes, "From 1975 - 1980, I was a member of the Religious Right. I had joined as a Catholic Traditionalist, determined to rescue the Vatican from the clutches of Satan. It didn't take me long to realize the radical element of the Religious Right wanted to gain political power of our government and turn our democratic way of life into a 'Pax Americana' or a 'Holy American Empire.' The number of members in the Religious Right in 1980 totaled around 60,000,000. I am sure it is safe to estimate the number today at more than half our population. For this article, I am including the basic questions people most often ask me about the Religious Right."