While we may shake our heads in disbelief, I think many of us can understand how accepting a lifestyle unlike your own may be difficult; how respecting the beliefs of others is not always as simple as our higher self shows it ought to be. But its kind of difficult to wrap your brain around a pastor of all people, does this, and so, well, publicly. How someone who is suppose to represent a being that “loves everyone” can make judgments, generalizations and accusations and actually name people he probably knows little to nothing about.
…all with a straight face.
But this never seems to stop pastor James David Manning of the ATLAH Missionary Church in Harlem, N.Y., from sticking it to the gay community. Now the pastor names gay NFL star Michael Sam (who he has standing in for any gay person for that matter) as someone who will travel to an Arab country, where he can freely marry a child, and return home where the marriage would be recognized.
I saw the video, and you can too.
Manning has become notorious for his anti-gay stance; making outlandish proclamations in any form he thinks will bring his message attention: Church signs, videos and of course, the pulpit.
The video where James talks about Michael Sam was featured on Right Wing Watch, and claims Sam or any other gay person, will be traveling to “an Arabic nation” to marry a nine-year old.
Manning first came to national attention in late February when religious leaders posted a sign that read “Obama has released the homo demons on the black man. Look out black woman. A white homo may take your man.” The church then later replaced the sign with one that read “Jesus would stone homos,” along with “Stoning is still the law.”
In the aforementioned video, Manning names not only president and Michelle Obama, as supporters of black men “coming out publicly” – but includes other iconic African Americans such as Oprah Winfrey.
Could it be, pastor Manning, that if your claims are true about these “supporters”, it will be so that black women will stop being used as props by these men who are forced to stay in the closet?
Just a thought.
It wasn’t until activist, Jennifer Louise Lopez, knocked on the church’s door and informed religious leaders that she was there “for her stoning,” that the church (and its pastor) became the subject of several LGBT protests.
In the video below, pastor Manning says gay marriages “are not marriages. They are legalized, perverted orgies.”