Christian conservative Flip Benham this week blamed unrest in Charlotte following the recent police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott on passage of an LGBT protections bill.

North Carolina Republican leaders responded to passage of Charlotte's ordinance by approving a law that blocks it from taking effect. House Bill 2 is also the first, and so far only, state law that prohibits transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice.

The September 20 shooting of Scott, 43, provoked a wave of violent protests in downtown Charlotte.

Benham, a vocal opponent of LGBT rights, blamed city leaders for the unrest, telling them during a city council meeting last week that they had “unleashed hell in our city” by prohibiting discrimination against the LGBT community.

After reading a passage from Isaiah 1, Benham said: “[T]he Lord Almighty has spoken to you on July 25th these very words, that if you continue this rebellion against Almighty God, blood is going to course down the corridors of our schools, our workplaces and our streets!”

(Related: Flip Benham: Passage of LGBT ordinance has 'opened the doors of hell on Charlotte.)

“You need to turn back to Him. It is you who unleashed hell in our city when you tried to say that boys and girls are not that … You did it! Now repent [Mayor] Jennifer Roberts, in the name of Jesus Christ!” he added.

Roberts recently declined to back repeal of the ordinance as urged by GOP state leaders.