Christian conservative group American Family Association (AFA) has warned that the “gay gestapo” is punishing Christians.

Bills seeking to allow business owners to deny service based on their religious beliefs have been introduced in several states in response to cases where businesses were found guilty of discriminating against gay couples.

The recent unraveling of a bill in Arizona made national headlines.

(Related: Arizona's Jan Brewer vetoes “license to discriminate against gays” bill.)

Tim Wildmon, the group's president, said in a letter Thursday that the cases represent a “slippery slope.”

“The government should not compel an individual to engage in a business transaction that violates their conscience,” Wildmon wrote. “The 'Gay Gestapo' (of which not all gays and lesbians are a part) is now pushing well beyond 'live and let live' territory into using the law to punitively enforce their political and social agenda.”