David Barton, a minister who's taught at Beck University, conservative celebrity Glenn Beck's online university, wants federal agencies to regulate being gay.

Barton is the founder of WallBuilders, a Christian-based organization that describes itself as “dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious and constitutional foundations on which America was built.” He's also the former co-chair of the Texas Republican Party.

Speaking Tuesday on his radio show, Barton rhetorically asked: “Why don't we regulate homosexuality?”

Barton suggested being gay should be regulated like other unhealthy vices such as alcohol or cigarettes.

“We have a Department of Health and Human Services; we have health care bills; we have health insurance and we're trying to stop all unhealthy things so we're going after transfats and we're going after transparency in labeling to make sure we get all the healthy stuff in there.”

“So if I got to the Centers for Disease Control and I'm concerned about health, I find some interesting stats there and this should tell me something about health.”

“Homosexual/bi-sexual individuals are seven times more likely to contemplate or commit suicide. Oooh, that doesn't sound very healthy.”

Barton added that gay people are more likely to contract HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and Syphilis.

“I mean, you go through all this stuff, sounds to me like that's not very healthy,” he said, then asked, “Why don't we regulate homosexuality?”

“And now here the CDC is saying 'here's a really unhealthy lifestyle' and we're saying 'great, let's promote it in schools and let's protect it in law.”

Barton is a regular guest on Fox News' Glenn Beck and Huckabee, which is hosted by former Arkansas Governor and 2012 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee.