The head of Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse has claimed that businesses who are opposed to a discriminator anti-LGBT law are enabling “sexual predators”.

North Carolina has lost a string of big investment ventures over Governor Pat McCrory’s decision to sign the contentious HB 2 – which voided all local ordinances protecting LGBT rights, banned transgender people from using their preferred bathroom, and permits businesses to discriminate against LGBT people on the grounds of religious belief.

McCrory continues to insist the rules are “common sense”, but a string of major employers are boycotting the state over the attack on the rights of their LGBT employees.

But Franklin Graham, President of international Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, insisted opponents of the laws are helping “sexual predators”.

He wrote on Facebook: “Governor Pat McCrory, Lt. Governor Dan Forest, and NC state legislators are coming under extreme pressure about the NC HB2 law which protects our women and children in bathrooms, dressing rooms, and locker rooms. Our state is being bullied by the NCAA, the ACC, and some of corporate America who are influenced by LGBT activists.

“Women across this state—do you really want men in your restrooms? Mothers and grandmothers—do you want men going into the locker rooms and dressing rooms with your daughters and granddaughters? What about you, dads and grandfathers?

“Our legislators are being forced to consider repealing HB2 and you, your children, and your grandchildren will be at risk to sexual predators and perverts. Is this what you want?

“Pastors and churches across North Carolina—this isn’t only an important issue of privacy and safety, this is a moral issue. Sexually perverted people want to come into the most private and sensitive area that we have as human beings—the restroom.”

In a separate Facebook post, he defended the right of universities to ban homosexuality among students.

He said: “Talk about intolerance. The LGBT movement is trying to cram down America’s throat the lie that homosexuality is okay.

“Now they’re trying to force Christian colleges to accept the homosexual lifestyle of students—or be on their ‘shame list’.

“Colleges like Liberty University and Wheaton College are on the list—good for them.

“Guess what? These schools are supposed to operate on the truth of God’s Word—that’s what they were founded to do. They didn’t define sin, God did.

“He created us, loves us, and gives us instructions on how to live in the Bible. He made it clear that homosexuality is not His design and is a sin.

“I applaud these Christian schools and urge them to stay true to the Word of God.”

Graham previously declared gay people are ‘the enemy’.

In a recent interview with a Russian newspaper, Graham praised Vladimir Putin’s support for anti-gay laws – and claimed that homosexuals “take people’s children”.

Repeating disturbing rhetoric often used by anti-LGBT vigilantes in Russia, he said: “Homosexuals cannot have children, they can take other people’s children.”

He added: “I very much appreciate that President Putin is protecting Russian young people against homosexual propaganda. If only to give them the opportunity to grow up and make a decision for themselves.”

Despite his slew of extremist comments, the Christmas Shoebox Appeal run by Graham’s charity enjoys mainstream support in schools.