Antigay Harlem Church Curses All LGBT Supporters
After making national news this spring when it featured a series of antigay messages on its marquee, a Harlem church has once again sprawled a message of hate across its public placard, reports New York-based gay blogger Joe Jervis.
This time, the ATLAH World Missionary Church took aim not just at gay people, but at anyone who supports LGBT individuals:
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The text reads, "All churches and members that support homes cursed be thou with cancer HIV syphilis stroke madness itch then hell."
As gay blogger Andrew Towle at Towleroad pointed out, the verse cited in the text, 1 Corinthians 6:9, "just states that bad people don't go to heaven," though depending on the translation, some say the verse does reference men who have sex with men.
The church has already earned itself a reputation for its hateful messaging, prompting one vandal to graffiti the words "God Is Gay" on the parish's sign in late March.
Earlier that month, ATLAH's marquee had claimed that “Jesus Would Stone Homos,” prompting a group of LGBT activists to picket the church and demand the stoning pastor James David Manning apparently believed they deserved.
In February, the church displayed a message warning that President Obama had “released homo demons on the black man.” The church’s pastor, James Manning, at that time posted a video to the church’s website blaming gay men for the absence of fathers in some African-American homes, saying white gay men would tempt black men away from heterosexuality, and denouncing Obama for praising black athletes Jason Collins and Michael Sam for coming out as gay.