House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's call for tolerance on gay rights has been criticized the Christian conservative group Family Research Council (FRC).

In an interview last week with, Cantor, a Virginia Republican, argued that diversity of opinion and acceptance are American ideals.

“There can't be some kind of monolithic opinion handed down from the government or a political party,” he said. “I don't think we're monolithic beings.”

Cantor agreed that the Republican Party needed to do a better job reaching out to voters who do not align with the party's official position on marriage equality and other social issues.

“I've always said we need to be a party of inclusion not exclusion,” he said. “We need to be promoting tolerance and, you know, as someone who is a religious minority, I sort of grew up with having that mindset, knowing full well that I am in a very distinct way from a religious background, separate and apart from the mainstream of this country.”

“And it's that tolerance, I think that tolerance is something that enables people to be passionate about their positions. And if you're for gay marriage, this country allows you to express your views. Some states support it and allow it, and others don't. But it's ok to have that difference of opinion in that,” he said.

Writing at the FRC's Blog, Tom McClusky called Cantor's call for tolerance “culturecide.”

“[T]olerance should not mean acceptance,” McClusky wrote. “The 'politically correct tolerance' attitude that is followed by too many in our establishment society allows for embracing of individuals who attack Christians with vile and, in the case of the left's poster boy for tolerance Dan Savage, with literal spit and bile. This same tolerance then seeks to demonize those who embrace that marriage is between one man and one woman – such as the attacks on Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy.”