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Harlem Church That Advocated Stoning Gays is Vandalized by 'Outright Bullies', Pastor Says

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That ATLAH World Missionary Church in NYC's Harlem neighborhood, which has made headlines recently for its anti-gay church signs, was vandalized on Saturday, tagged with the phrase 'God is Gay', the NYDN reports:

JesusWouldStoneHomosA male suspect is being sought for spray-painting the retaliatory message on both sides of the sign outside the ATLAH World Missionary Church on W. 123rd St. near Lenox Ave., police said Sunday. The vandal struck early Saturday.

Pastor James David Manning in the past has used the sign to display messages such as “Jesus would stone homos” and “Harlem is a homo-free zone.”

Manning lashed out at the vandal when reached by the Daily News on Sunday.

“Gay people are just outright bullies,” he said. “I expected them to act in a very violent way.”

The NYDN published a surveillance photo of the vandal (see below).

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  1. I can't wait to read the flood of comments congratulating the vandal for a job-well-done. The ends justify the means....

    Posted by: Jon | Mar 24, 2014 10:12:40 AM

  2. If they catch this "bully" let's start a defense fund for him.

    Posted by: Joseph | Mar 24, 2014 10:14:19 AM

  3. It seemed odd they showed up out of no where which such vitriol until the vandal took the bait they had set out. Now it all makes sense.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Mar 24, 2014 10:17:04 AM

  4. Because, of course, stoning is completely non-violent.

    Posted by: Casey | Mar 24, 2014 10:19:52 AM

  5. Oh...so the bully is being bullied? It's called Karma assh*le.

    Posted by: bkmn | Mar 24, 2014 10:20:18 AM

  6. I'm sorry.....am I missing something here?...why wasn't "pastor" charged with inciting violence through the posting of that sign?

    Posted by: wct | Mar 24, 2014 10:24:52 AM

  7. I hope they NEVER catch him.

    Posted by: Bonaparte | Mar 24, 2014 10:30:19 AM

  8. So the church had a video camera set up to capture someone vandalizing their sign after posting a clearly antagonistic message on it? I'll donate money to the vandal's defense!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Mar 24, 2014 10:33:15 AM

  9. Someone who advocates stoning believes that person spray-painting over a violent message is a bully? Oh, I see.

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 24, 2014 10:38:37 AM

  10. ...because a bazooka was too over-the-top.

    Posted by: Rad | Mar 24, 2014 10:41:45 AM

  11. Vandalism is violence now? Can you assault an inamimate object? Interesting....did they even hit the sign? Just paint you say...could have at least been more legible IMO.

    Posted by: Epic | Mar 24, 2014 10:59:18 AM

  12. I don't agree with vandalism. I am sure the church has insurance to cover this crime. But the LGBT community has no such insurance over the vandalism the pastor of this church incited upon our community which un-levels the playing field. His church should really be ashamed of him as should he be of himself.

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 24, 2014 11:13:26 AM

  13. It was probably done by someone from the church or because of the pastor's suggestion in order to play up the victim card.

    Posted by: Lucca | Mar 24, 2014 11:16:32 AM

  14. not convinced the pastor didn't do it himself for publicity

    Posted by: Moz's | Mar 24, 2014 11:32:33 AM

  15. WCT -

    "why wasn't "pastor" charged with inciting violence through the posting of that sign?"

    Because in America, you have the freedom to be obnoxious without being charged with a thought crime.

    This pastor is garbage, no doubt. But he has the right to freedom of speech. UNfortunately, the public subsidizes that freedom of speech via the fact that the church pays no property taxes as it would if it were an actual billboard with something stupid written on it.

    Consider the source and make allowances. That's what my grandmother used to say when trash acted like trash.

    Posted by: enchantra | Mar 24, 2014 12:02:52 PM

  16. I'm sorry, but I'm delighted. Or I'm not sorry to be delighted. Homosexuals beating up homophobes...there's something just perfect in that.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 24, 2014 12:05:19 PM

  17. ...an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth...

    Looks like someone went Biblical on that pastor.

    Posted by: james st. james | Mar 24, 2014 12:10:07 PM

  18. That was not vandalism, that was protected political speech.

    Start a scholarship fund for that kid.

    Posted by: Picasso | Mar 24, 2014 12:56:41 PM

  19. Don't justify the vandalism ... but in all honesty, that sign has repeatedly read anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-obama, etc. statements for YEARS. Surprised it's just now getting attention.

    Posted by: reality | Mar 24, 2014 1:01:19 PM

  20. As you sow, so shall you reap. This idiot preacher has forgotten his proverbs from the great book of myths and folk tales (AKA the bible).

    Posted by: StevyD | Mar 24, 2014 1:15:29 PM

  21. @wct: the "pastor" was not charged with inciting violence because (a) being a lawyer requires a very good understanding of English grammar so that the D.A. understands the uses of the auxiliary verb "would", and (b) what Jesus would do cannot be called a threat given that Jesus has been defunct for some 2000 years given the Biblical accounts.

    While vandalizing the sign this "pastor" put up is a crime, it would not be a crime to rent an adjacent space with a sign and put up messages lambasting his church or beliefs.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 24, 2014 2:08:37 PM

  22. I can't believe this hate-filled bigot hasn't been run out of the city on a rail. Would NYC put up with the KKK setting up shop and inciting violence against blacks, Catholics and Jews?

    Posted by: Peter | Mar 24, 2014 3:59:19 PM

  23. So this "pastor" advocates murdering gays by stoning but says that we're the violent ones because somebody decided to spray-paint his ugly sign? Really...

    Posted by: Robert M. | Mar 24, 2014 4:12:18 PM

  24. Looks like the pastor got "checked", and I'm a ll for it. This pastor is the classic example of uneducated men in patriarchal societies who think their actions and their words are free of any consequences.

    Posted by: Carlos | Mar 24, 2014 5:14:41 PM

  25. What's that saying about a kettle and pot or whatnot again?

    Posted by: Hyacinth | Mar 24, 2014 8:07:08 PM

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