Staff Writer@MargiePatton A New York pastor has a message for the masses, but it’s definitely not “Love thy neighbor.” The Raw Story reports that Rev. James Manning was responsible for a sign outside of the Atlah World Missionary church in Harlem reading “Obama has released the homo demons on the Black man. Look out Black woman. A white homo may take your man.” Manning also posted a YouTube video filled with more bizarre hate speech, including claims that Obama’s support of Black pro athletes Jason Collins and Michael Sam, who both recently came out as gay, was part of an agenda to convert Black males to homosexuality. Also according to Manning, a Black man’s sexuality can be easily swayed with the right credit card and a lovely evening out. The raving preacher warned Black women, “You will have a very hard time competing against a white homosexual male. He’s usually got money. A white homo usually has an American Express card, he usually has an opportunity at the theater. Homos love the theater. They love to go out to dinner, parties. They love that kind of a thing. And as a black woman, you can’t compete!” Manning also came out (so to speak) in defense of the recent anti-gay legislation adopted in Uganda and Nigeria. As ridiculous and laughable as this all sounds, sadly and disturbingly, Manning is not alone in his beliefs. While healthy amounts of criticism and ridicule are pouring in, there are also several posts expressing support and agreement now up on the Atlah Church Facebook page, which has over 4,500 fans. Maybe PopWrapped should invite Manning over for a date night – a little music from Steve Grand, a little food from Ted Allen, and then to teach him a little kindness and compassion, a viewing of the TV film, The Normal Heart. After all, it’s based on a Tony-award winning play, and it’s pretty obvious he’s obsessed with the theater.
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