Dave Agema, a former Michigan state representative, on Monday argued that his comments against homosexuality were “really more about caring.”

Agema created an outcry after he posted an article titled Everyone Should Know These Statistics on Homosexuals on his Facebook page.

In the article, writer Frank Joseph, M.D. asserts that gay people are promiscuous, responsible for the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and that “many homosexuals admit they are pedophiles.”

“[P]art of the homosexual agenda is to get the public to affirm their filthy lifestyle,” the article states.

The uproar included calls for Agema to step down from his post as a Michigan Republican National Committeeman.

During an interview on local radio, Agema refused to back down.

“[I]f you really love somebody that's in this lifestyle, you want to ask them and try to get them out because they're not going to live as long,” said Agema. “It's going to hurt them emotionally and physically.”

“That's what it's about. So It's really more about caring than it is hate,” he said.

Agema said that he has “been involved in this issue for years.”

“Way back when I worked for American Airlines this became an issue, because we had, you know obviously we had a lot of homosexuals in the flight attendant realm, and, uhh, we had issues.”

And he added that he has been labeled a “bigot” for speaking out.

“I never heard such amount of name-calling, threats and bigotry on their part, calling me a bigot, for bringing up this information,” he said. “I've been threatened just by speaking out. And that's the key: They are trying to shut anyone and everyone down from saying anything. That's what they do. … What you get thrown back in your face is nothing but hate.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)