Peter Sprigg of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC) has accused gay activists of “intolerance” for Pastor Louie Giglio's withdrawal from President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

Giglio, of the Georgia-based Passion City Church, had been selected to deliver the inaugural benediction but withdrew after reports surfaced that in the mid-1990s he advocated for therapies which claim to “cure” gay people's sexual orientation and called on Christians to prevent the “homosexual lifestyle” from becoming accepted in society.

On Thursday, Giglio, acknowledging the sermon, said he had a right to “hold differing views” and withdrew his name.

Appearing on CNN along with Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out, Sprigg accused gay activists of pursing “intolerance in the name of tolerance.”

“The world we live in, unfortunately, is increasingly marked by the enforcement of intolerance in the name of tolerance, exclusion in the name of inclusion, and forced uniformity in the name of diversity,” Sprigg said. “It's contradictory, it's downright Orwellian, and yet people actually make these statements, unbelievably, with a straight face.”

Besen said he found it “ironic” that Sprigg was “embracing diversity.”

“I mean you called for the imprisonment of gay people and said we should export homosexuals out of the United States and suddenly you're for tolerance?” he said.

“Well this is about Pastor Giglio and President Obama, it's not about me,” Sprigg responded with a laugh.

(Watch the entire segment at CNN.)