In reacting to the news that the Mecklenburg County board of commissioners will consider censuring him for calling gay people “sexual predators,” Commissioner Bill James likened gay people to “pedophiles.”

The board of commissioners will consider a resolution against the North Carolina lawmaker at Tuesday's meeting, the Charlotte Observer reported.

James attracted national headlines last week when he chided County Commission Chair Jennifer Roberts, a Democrat, for raising the issue of thanking members of North Carolina's Congressional delegation for supporting repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly.

“Homosexuals are sexual predators,” James, a Republican, wrote in an email. “Allowing homosexuals to serve in the US military with the endorsement of the Mecklenburg County Commission ignores a host of serious problems related to maintaining U.S. military readiness and effectiveness not the least of which is the current Democrat plan to allow homosexuals (male and female) to share showers with those they are attracted to.”

The proposed resolution was drafted by Commissioner Harold Cogdell, who said James' actions have tarnished the community's image.

“I felt that the image of our community was being impacted in a way that did not reflect the core values of what Charlotte-Mecklenburg is really about,” Cogdell, a Democrat, said.

James disagreed, saying he was only speaking his mind.

“This isn't about, I don't think, some sort of consensus,” he told the paper on Sunday. “This is about the speech police and controlling an issue that they have gotten a lot of heat over, because you can't go around censuring people for having a different opinion, or for expressing it.”

“It's like having a resolution saying we're going to be uber-sensitive to prostitutes and pedophiles because we don't want them to get mad,” he added.