By Trudy Ring
Originally published on Advocate.com March 20 2014 2:43 PM ET
A New York-area woman has called the bluff of a Harlem church that has displayed signage with antigay messages claiming “Jesus Would Stone Homos.”
Jennifer Louise Lopez posted video yesterday to her Facebook page, also shared by the blog Joe.My.God, of what happened the previous day when she went to the ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church and said that she was a lesbian and had arrived for her stoning. The man who answered the door appeared mystified, and it turned out there were no stones on hand. Lopez said she’d be back.
The “Jesus Would Stone Homos” message was preceded last month by one 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.
“This demonization is such a stark contrast from the positive progress that has been made between black churches and their same-gender loving congregants,” Carmen Neely, president of LGBT group Harlem Pride, told the New York Daily News when the anti-Obama sign went up.
Manning also posted a video to the church's site explaining why he believes gay people should be stoned. That video was initially on YouTube as well but has now been removed, with YouTube citing its policy against hate speech.
Manning has made numerous other bizarre assertions, Joe.My.God notes, such as that Republican politicians Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are secretly black, that Obama had conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart murdered, and that Washington, D.C., police killed a woman who was carrying Obama’s child.
Below, watch the video posted by Lopez, in a move reminiscent of a Louisiana transgender woman's appearance at a Shreveport City Council meeting in which she dared an anti-LGBT council member to stone her.
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