Is New York Pastor James Manning The Next Fred Phelps?

Harlem-Hate-Church-144203133420Since the death of Fred Phelps, many have wondered who might take the title of high-profile hate monger extraordinaire.

Would it be someone within the Phelps family? A devotee of Westboro Baptist? Perhaps Rush Limbaugh would crank up the crazy from 8.5 to 11?

Well Pastor James David Manning of ATLAH World Missionary Church in New York’s Harlem neighborhood is a prime contender. And we mean that in the worst possible way.

Manning got some pickup recently when he posted a sign outside his church reading “Jesus Would Stone Homos.” Yeah, he’s that kind of crazy.

In a recent interview for Vocativ, Manning lets his freak flag fly, and the sludge that expels from his mouth is nothing if not creative.

Here are some highlights:

Credit: Vocativ/Philip Montgomery

On tolerance:

“Homosexuals are the most intolerant of all people I’ve met. I’ve encountered Ku Klux Klan members that are more tolerant.”

On his enemy, the “white homo”:

“The white homo who now lives in the community—and there are a lot of them that moved up here—they brought their restaurants with them, they brought some of their lifestyle, they brought their Starbucks coffee with them… and like anybody else they prey on black men, they convert black men.”

Clarifying his stance on stoning gays:

“Anyone who promotes that as a lifestyle and tries to make it a national and international event and create warfare upon everybody else, then the appropriate response would be to stone them back to the Stone Age, or stone them back to hell.”

You can read the full bag of roasted nuts here.

In response to Pastor Manning, concerned community members have established Harlem Against Violence & Homophobia, a group who raises money for New York’s homeless and at-risk LGBT youth. You can donate here.