A Colorado pastor is defending running a newpaper ad advocating against the “homosexual agenda.”

James Hagan, senior pastor at the Friendship Assembly of God Church in Colorado Springs, paid for the ad that ran in Sunday's Colorado Springs Gazette.

Above the headline “DON'T CATER TO THE HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA,” Hagan quoted Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who resisted Nazism: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

“It's time for common sense Americans to stand up and speak out against the Homosexual Agenda,” Hagan wrote in the ad. “Their Agenda is not just to control the laws but to control everyone's total acceptance, even into your personal and religious objections.”

Speaking to Fox 21 News, Hagan defended the ad and in the process suggested that gays had infiltrated his church to corrupt young minds.

“If homosexuals say they never come to my church, good, because for every homosexual who comes into my church stealth-fully – and some of them do – they may corrupt a dozen of my teenagers. And I would rather have one of them not come than have a dozen of my teenagers corrupted,” he said.

Hagan stated that being gay is a choice, and when asked when he decided his sexuality, he answered: “I was born normal. I wasn't born with an anomaly. And I will tell you I believe I am authority on it. I have a stack of information on it.”

Nori Rost, an openly gay minister at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, challenged Hagan's statements.

“The Bible itself does not condemn homosexuality, that's myth,” Rost said. “[It] condemns certain kinds of sex acts that were prevalent in pagan worship practices that the Jews were to be separate from. Never once does it ever condemn homosexuality as an act of love or commitment of life, it never does.”