The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has criticized Utah Senator Orrin Hatch's faithless gay people slam.

The seventy-six-year-old Republican made his remarks while addressing about 300 people on the campus of the Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

While discussing how to end the Democrat's “tax-and-spend” policies, Hatch told the crowd that Republicans need to emulate the tactics of unions, environmentalist, personal injury lawyers and gay rights activists in supporting Democratic candidates.

“Gays and lesbians don't pay tithing, their religion is politics,” Hatch said.

The comment drew harsh criticism from one the nation's largest gay advocates.

“This rhetoric is highly insulting and offensive to lesbian and gay people, particularly to devout followers of a wide range of faith traditions,” Jarrett Barrios, president of GLAAD, said.

Hatch, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), also complained about the Tea Party's emotional “Throw the bums out” anthem, saying experience matters on Capitol Hill. Utah Republicans booted three-term Senator Bob Bennett last month and polling suggests Hatch, who was first elected to the chamber in 1977, could face a similar fate in 2012.