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05/02/2013 12:41 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Being Gay Is 'Three Times More Dangerous' Than Smoking, Faith 2 Action Group Claims In Video

A shocking new video produced by an anti-gay Christian organization which compares homosexuality to cigarette smoking is making the blogosphere rounds.

As Right Wing Watch reports, the clip features Faith 2 Action's Janet Porter who reads "Heather Has Two Cigarettes" and discusses "Smoker's Pride Month" with an enraptured class of elementary school children.

The book is an obvious allusion to "Heather Has Two Mommies," a well-known 1989 children's book about same-sex parenting, while its jacket is emblazoned with the words "Glad Little Smokers Enlist Now," which is a play on GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

The teacher eventually distributes cigarettes to her class, but labels one non-smoking student a "smokaphobe" and threatens to enroll her in diversity training when the child refuses to light up with her classmates. The controversial clip also includes the tagline, "Homosexual behavior is up to three times more dangerous than smoking."

It isn't the first time that a right wing pundit has made this bizarre comparison, albeit perhaps not quite so visually. Last year, an ultra-conservative Michigan mayor stirred controversy when she compared the dangers of the "homosexual lifestyle" to smoking cigarettes.

"What I said while I was mayor…I was in a business meeting, I come from a business perspective…I said that I would bring a doctor into a meeting that would say that the homosexual lifestyle is dangerous," Daniels told host Charlie Langton on Talk Radio 1270, according to CBS. "Had I been with a group of smokers I might have said I would like to bring a doctor into this meeting to say that smoking is dangerous."

Jim Wallace, the head of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), told students at University of Tasmania last year that health statistics for smokers were greater than those of gay men, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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