Anti-LGBT hate preacher James David Manning faces abuse allegations
Anti-LGBT New York preacher James David Manning is facing allegations of abuse against school children.
Manning, the pastor at ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, has attracted attention online for his outlandish anti-LGBT conspiracy theories.
The preacher famously alleged that Starbucks flavours lattes with the “semen of Sodomites,” while the church sign regularly proclaims anti-gay messages like “Jesus would stone homos.”
Manning has also claimed that God will make fire shoot out of “gay men’s buttholes,” and suggested the US Supreme Court only voted in favour of same-sex marriage because justices were “blackmailed” by their secret gay lovers.
Anti-gay preacher James David Manning faces abuse allegations
The preacher is under scrutiny after an investigation by Huffington Post revealed allegations of abuse at the private fundamentalist school attached to the church, also run by Manning.
One former ATLAH High School student, Tamar, alleged that Manning had sexually harassed her and touching her inappropriately.
Aged 18, Tamar secretly recorded a conversation with Manning in which the preacher makes sexual comments and states he had feelings for her when she started at the school.
He says: “You got an incredible body… In fact, like on Wednesday night you came, and you had on a black blouse and black stockings and a gray or something skirt. All I could think about was, ‘Wow, I sure would like to remove those stockings and that blouse,’ and just look at your body.”
Another former student told the outlet that he was locked in a basement for three days by Manning as a punishment for having sex with a girl.
Other students said that homophobia was rife at the school, with Manning frequently railing against evil “faggots.” Others likened Manning’s grip over Atlah congregants to a cult leader.
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