During a recent sermon, Curtis Knapp, pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kansas, called on the government to kill gay people.

“They should be put to death,” Knapp told congregants. “That's what happened in Israel. That's why homosexuality wouldn't have grown in Israel. It tends to limit conversions. It tends to limit people coming out of the closet. Oh, so you're saying that we should go out and start killing them? No, I'm saying the government should. They won't, but they should.”

He continued: “I can't believe you, you're horrible. You're a backwards neanderthal of a person. Is that what you're calling scripture? Is God a neanderthal, backwards in his morality. Is this his word or not? If it's his word he commanded it; it's his idea, not mine. And I'm not ashamed of it.”

Appearing on CNN, Knapp compared being gay to pedophilia and incest.

“We punish pedophilia. We punish incest. We punish polygamy, and various things. It's only homosexuality that is lifted out as an exemption,” he told the network.

Knapp went on to quote Leviticus 20:13 to justify his anti-gay rant.

“I don't think homosexuals have anything to worry about. I don't think the government is going to do that. They don't have anything to worry about from me. I don't believe I should lay a finger against them. My hope is for their salvation, not for their death.”

News of Knapp's sermon arrives on the heels of Pastor Charles Worley's May 13 sermon, which called for gay men and women to be confined behind an electrified fence and allowed to die off. Thousands protested Worley's message over the weekend.