LGBT Activists Demand Their Own Stoning at Homophobic Harlem Church


By Melanie Nathan, March 30, 2014.

Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 4.57.41 PMOver fifty LGBT activists protested for over an hour in the rain yesterday outside ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, demanding that the church’s controversial pastor, James David Manning, emerge and administer the stonings that his public sign recently called for. Until it was vandalized last week, the church’s marquee read, “Jesus would stone homos. Harlem is a homo free zone.”

Holding a forty-foot rainbow banner and shouting chants like “Harlem queers under attack! What do we do? ACT UP! Fight back!” and “Hey hey! Ho ho! David Manning has got to go!” the multiracial crowd also brandished signs that read, “God is love” and “Let he without sin cast the first stone.”

Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 4.55.26 PMAt one point the rowdy group moved to the side entrance of the church, repeatedly ringing the building’s buzzer and raising their fists while they shouted, “We’re here for our stoning! We’re here for our stoning!” Several church members watched from inside through a glass door, smiling and chatting.

Harlem resident and transgender activist Jennifer Louise Lopez called for the protest after the recent video of her interaction with a befuddled ATLAH staffer went viral and drew strong support:

Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 4.55.41 PMLopez told the crowd that Manning had served time in prison for larceny, burglary, and criminal possession of a weapon, and said, “He is a very hateful and dangerous man.” She spoke out against using scripture to brainwash congregations by delivering hateful messages. “We will no longer stand by while Evangelical Christian churches misrepresent us,” she said.  Lopez, a United Methodist Christian, called for an Easter day global demonstration of solidarity against churches that preach hate. She led the crowd in demanding, “Not one more day!” of misrepresentation.

Jim Eigo, a veteran ACT UP member who works with the AIDS Prevention Task Force at Harlem United, said “AIDS is still killing so many in this neighborhood. We know that words of hate and retribution like Pastor Manning’s words just aid and abet this disease.” Eigo said that Manning’s bigoted message “keeps people in the closet about their sex lives” and “keeps people from getting tested for HIV and from seeking out effective treatment until they are already sick and the virus has done great and irreparable damage to their bodies.”

Activist Lovari read a passage from the Book of Matthew 19:12 that he said showed support for androgynous and LGBT individuals, “For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb: and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men: and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it,” he read.

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5 thoughts on “LGBT Activists Demand Their Own Stoning at Homophobic Harlem Church

  1. Reblogged this on JerBear's Queer World News, Views & More From The City Different – Santa Fe, NM.

  2. Whelp.

    They are doing what they need to do. Drawing attention to ignorance, hate and non-Christ-like behavior is what many people who are called to, must do. It will cause the Church to separate between the Fundies and those who REALLY understand Christ’s love and follow Him. My hope is that FROM THE PEWS and within congregations Christians will start standing up for what is right without fear of retribution from their leaders, elders, pastors and funded organizations. The real change will happen within. It has to, or it will only be changed on the surface.

    Unfortunately, many Fundies will continue to justify that their teachings and thoughts are correct because of the “persecution” they are facing. They aren’t be persecuted. Please look up the term. The people being persecuted are the groups you are saying aren’t worthy of God’s love UNLESS… A, B, C or D.

    Don’t dismiss what is happening in other countries (like Russia or Uganda) as something different than what is happening here. The hate-filled thinking over about 6 different verses from the Bible will lead to what THOSE countries are facing now. You cannot separate yourself from them, even if you try.

    Christians who know this stuff is wrong, PLEASE don’t be afraid. Stand up for what is right and what CHRIST himself would stand for.

    Live Life, Love Life, Impact Others,

  3. Wow those homosexuals are such hateful people…. And blasphemes …. One day EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…. Including theirs.

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