On The Perfect Sodomite Land Grab

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Oh sweet justice, thy name is unpaid water and sewer taxes. So it is that Harlem's so-called ATLAH Church, run by the homophobic hate-mongering Rev. James Manning, is facing foreclosure for $1.02 million in unpaid taxes, along with at least nine outstanding federal tax liens - this, despite almost $200,000 in tax exemptions evidently granted at some point when God was otherwise occupied. Over the years, Manning has earned outrage and protests from his appalled neighborhood by regularly posting church signs like "Obama Has Unleashed Homo Demons on the Black Man," "All Churches and Members That Support Homos Cursed Be Thou with Cancer, HIV, Syphilis, Stroke, Madness, Itch Then Hell," "Harlem Is A Sodomite-Free Zone" - good luck with that - and most infamously, "Jesus Would Stone Homos,"  prompting a group of creative activists to show up at the church door politely, memorably asking to be stoned.

Manning also broadcasts his lunatic views on a weekday radio show, "Trust In the Lord Hour" - "All Jesus, All the Time." Among them: Black Lives Matter is full of demons, the foreclosure is "a sodomite government land grab," Barack Hussein Obama is a Taliban-trained Son of Satan whose late mother was "a two-pair-of-dirty-underwear slut,” and Starbucks is impregnating women by adding to their frothy lattes sodomite semen - market-tested, yet, "like any entrepreneur looking for an edge."

Last month, soon after a state judge ruled the church would go to auction, two Harlem LGBT rights organizations began raising money to buy it. The Rivers of Living Water, an LGBT spiritual group, has raised a modest amount. The Ali Forney Center, which serves homeless LGBT youth and has 200 kids a night on their waiting list for beds, has raised $200,000 as an initial goal, is working with potential developers, and has launched the #HarlemNoHate campaign to publicize the effort. The organization is named for Ali Forney, who was murdered in 1997 just blocks from ATLAH. Asks one Center official, "Could there be a more just outcome to the ATLAH foreclosure than that the young LGBT people most endangered by the hatred and contempt Manning promotes would take over his building?”

The auction was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but a state court just delayed it till April. Meanwhile, the good reverend Manning - an avid Trump supporter - is freaking out. He has vowed to barricade himself in the church against the "sodomite faggots," has prematurely announced a victory party over "all local sodomites under the approval of Barack Hussein Obama," and has vowed in rabid radio messages to his "enemies" that, "Aint no fags gonna get the Lord's house!" In a recent show, the self-described "Lord's Servant" frothed, "This ain’t no damn bath house! This ain’t no fag house! This is the Lord’s house! And before YOU can EVER own this property, (you) MEN who are FAGS (will) be carryin’ babies in their TESTICLES and givin’ birth to them through their ANUS! That’s how impossible it is for you to get this house!" So.. anus babies! Praise the Lord!

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