Christian conservative and Colorado House hopeful Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt found himself in hot water over the weekend after he accused Colorado Rep. Jared Polis of attacking Christians who oppose homosexuality.

Polis, an openly gay Democrat, is the House sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which seeks to prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Polis recent trimmed down the bill's religious exemptions in the House.

“The openly homosexual Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced a revised bill to force Christian employers and business owners to hire and promote homosexuals with ZERO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS for Christians who want to opt out,” Klingenschmitt, the House Republican candidate for District 15 in El Paso County, said in his Pray in Jesus Name Project newsletter.

“Dr. Chaps' comment: The open persecution of Christians is underway. Democrats like Polis want to bankrupt Christians who refuse to worship and endorse his sodomy. Next he'll join ISIS in beheading Christians, but not just in Syria, right here in America.”

Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, who is also gay and a Democrat, criticized Klingenschmitt and the GOP, saying Republicans had “squandered their credibility over and over again with these kinds of over the top offensive remarks.”

In a YouTube video, Klingenschmitt offered an apology of sorts, saying he had “used hyperbole.”

“Well apparently some Democrats do not have a sense of humor and they were offended by some of the things I said using hyperbole this weekend. So I want to issue a personal apology to you Congressman Jared Polis,” he said and went on to challenge Polis to the ALS Association's ice bucket challenge. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)