Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, on Thursday said he was prepared to get his head “chopped off” for opposing gay rights.

Speaking at the Family Research Council's (FRC) Watchmen on the Walls conference, Graham told the assembled pastors that they need to be willing to have their heads chopped off for speaking “the truth” about gays.

“Are we going to be cowards because we're afraid?” he rhetorically asked the crowd. “Could we get our heads chopped off? We could, maybe one day. So what? Chop it off!”

“But we don't want to be called a homophobic? And I tell people, 'Listen I'm not afraid of homosexuals, as a matter of fact I love 'em.' I love them enough to care to warn them that if they want to continue living like this, it's the flames of hell for you.”

Graham went on to say that people should not get mad at him, because he did not write the rule book.

“Almighty God wrote it. And it's a sin against him,” Graham said. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Of course, there are many Christian denominations that disagree with Graham's views on such issues. For instance, the United Church of Christ has filed a lawsuit in federal court arguing that North Carolina's ban on gay marriage infringes on their religious rights to marry gay and lesbian couples.