Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary and a former Southern Baptist Convention official, has described LGBT non-discrimination ordinances as an attack on free speech.

While guest-hosting FRC's Washington Week radio show on Thursday, Land spoke with Gene Mills of the Christian conservative Louisiana Family Forum about the recent defeat of such a measure in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Land claimed that the measure, which sought to bar employment and housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, would “suppress the freedom of speech.”

“Homosexuality and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community, that is the ultimate rebellion against God,” Land said. “We don't want them to take away from us the right to say that that's a rebellion against God.”

“And that's exactly what they were doing, they were going to use a cause of action against us to silence – and that is what is happening in 'everywhere USA' – religious liberty is under assault. … Any expression, any thought, anything you just shared, could have been construed as a hate crime or an act of discrimination, and the reality is the shame and the guilt the homosexual feels is mistakenly reinterpreted as discrimination and what they attempt to do is to call it discrimination and prohibit it.”

Writing at Right Wing Watch, Brian Tashman responded: “According to the Human Rights Campaign, approximately 200 cities have non-discrimination ordinances in place. If anything Mills or Land said in the interview was true, then pastors around the country would be facing prosecution … but they’re not because the two Religious Right activists are completely dishonest.”