Michigan Republican Dave Agema compared homosexuality to alcoholism and drug addiction on Wednesday on a radio show with anti-gay Family Research Council president Tony Perkins.
“What I’d like to have the homosexual community know is I don’t hate them, as a matter of fact, when Jesus caught the woman in the act of adultery, when they brought her to him, he said I don’t condemn you but go and sin no more,” Agema said on the “Washington Watch Live with Tony Perkins” radio show.
“That ought to be the church’s goal here. We ought to be saying to these people, ‘hey, we don’t agree with your lifestyle and we’ll help you get out of it, but we want you to know the facts of what’s going to happen to you if you stay in this lifestyle.’”
Citing Holocaust denier and white supremacist Edward Fields, Agema posted his “Everyone Should Know These Statistics on Homosexuals” article last month that outraged many.
Agema explained that he was simply helping gays and lesbians. He further continues that it’s like helping a friend who succumbs to “dying of alcoholism.”
He continued his rant by warning schools that teaching an LGBT-inclusive curriculum will result in kids following the trend and convert their orientations.
“If you as a parent stand up and say, ‘this is against my moral beliefs and my biblical beliefs,’ then the next thing you’re going to get into is hate crimes, because you’re speaking against something that’s been sanctioned by the state,” said Agema.
After publicly condemning the “filthy homosexual lifestyle” on his Facebook page, the state lawmaker was not fazed by his own Party’s criticism.
Many of his Republican colleagues demanded his resignation, but Agema disregarded the protests as a joke.
“The real issue is Agema, as a leader of my Republican Party, using his position to spread outright bigotry,” Michigan State Representative Jerry Vorva wrote in an op-ed.
“His vile, vicious and highly offensive statements have no place in the debate on social issues.”
The Republican Party is currently re-branding itself to be more inclusive, with many of the more socially conservative groups threatening separation if the party chooses to support marriage equality.
Agema’s supporters created a petition encouraging his “efforts to stand up for conservative values.”
Republican Rep. Ken Yonker of Caledonia, Republican Rep. Thomas Hooker of Byron Center and Republican Rep. Mike Shirkey of Clarklake joined that list of supporters.
“The problem is, the homosexual community is very organized, they got a lot of money behind them,” said Agema during the radio show. “They are very good at shutting anybody down and embarrassing him so they will shut up.”