To the editor:

After the Stevens County Times published a couple of my letters to the editor about errors in the Bible, many Christians from Morris reached out to me to thank me for what I said. However, a few Christians in town have been very critical of me, and a couple have even accused me on Facebook and to me directly of being anti-Christian. This is not true. If the government tried to deprive Christians of their right to believe in or practice their religion, I would stand with Christians in defense of their right to believe, and I would do this because I believe in the Constitution of the United States, which protects people's right to believe in the religion of their choice or not to believe in a god at all.

But I am also very worried about what has been called Sharia Law, which holds that the government should be based on the divine laws of a religious text, specifically the Koran for Muslims. There is certainly no danger of Sharia Law being enacted in the United States, because Muslims are just barely more than 1% of the entire country's population. Many Christians, of course, oppose Sharia Law. And yet, many Christians believe in a Christian version of Sharia Law, which is to say that they believe that the laws in the United States should be based on the Old and New Testaments. I oppose the Muslim and Christian versions of Sharia Law.

I will always stand with Christians and Muslims to protect their right to believe, because I believe in the Constitution. But I also believe that we need to protect our Constitution from those Christians and Muslims who want to impose their religious beliefs on our government and Constitution. America is a democracy, a government by and for the people, and not a theocracy, which is a government based on a particular religion. It is because I believe in American democracy that I believe we need to safeguard our government from certain types of Christians. This does not make me anti-Christian. It makes me pro-American and pro-Constitution.

Michael Lackey