Two LGBT Groups Try To Acquire Homophobic Harlem Church

By Nathan James

When the City of New York announced its foreclosure sale of ATLAH World Missionaries, a Harlem church that has spread its anti-gay message of hatred for three decades, two prominent LGBT organizations quickly began efforts to acquire the building. The church, headed by firebrand pastor James David Manning, has been in arrears with the city and various other creditors for over $1 million, and a judge ordered the building seized and sold at a February 24 public auction, although the cleric has vowed to defy the order. “I will let my church go,” Manning boasted, “when gay men are birthing babies out of their anus”.

While Manning rebuffed the courts, an “LGBT-affirming” church, Rivers of Living Waters, headed by Pastor Vanessa Brown, and the Ali Forney Center, a nonprofit LGBT homeless shelter operator, both undertook to “transform a shrine of hatred into a place of love,” according to Ali Forney officials. Brown, whose nomadic church has rented space from other churches to perform its services, says making the ATLAH sanctuary a permanent home for her congregation, is her “primary goal”.  Read More



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