Christian conservative Scott Lively has described a local paper's use of the term “anti-gay pastor” to describe him as a slur.

Lively, the founder of the Massachusetts-based Defend the Family International, has pushed for laws criminalizing gay sex in Uganda, Russia and other nations. He's previously likened homosexuality to a disease that overwhelms the immune system.

In a letter to The Republican, which he posted on his blog, Lively asks journalists to stop using the term “anti-gay” to describe him.

“I strongly object to that characterization, which deliberately misrepresents my opposition to the mainstreaming of homosexual conduct as hatred of homosexual persons,” Lively wrote.

“The term 'anti-gay' effectively mistranslates the pro-family motto 'Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin,' into 'Hate the Sinner because of the Sin.' As such it is not an honest descriptor but a slur, and its use by the media is an act of complicity in a dishonest and manipulative LGBT political tactic.”

Lively said he prefers the term “anti-homosexuality.”