If you’re not familiar with James David Manning, the pastor of ATLAH World Church at Lenox and 123rd in Harlem, his latest video, released through his website yesterday, will serve as a pretty good overview for his particular and rather eccentric brand of old-time religion. The video begins with Pastor Manning speaking about the “catastrophic crisis of the absence of males in the home” in the African-American community, adding, “Black women are having a hard time finding black men to marry.”
Fine. The “black marriage crisis” is a pretty mainstream, albeit controversial topic. But Manning, as is his wont, jumped right into the deep end with his next comments. The problem, you see, is demons, and Manning knows just where they came from: “Obama has released these demons,” he explained, “Particularly upon the black males.”
It gets a little choppy after that, although his main idea is still pretty clear: “This homosexual demon hoping to enforce as many black males to subscribe to ideas that homosexual perverted LGBT as possible [sic]. So we have the outing of people like Jason Collins, who is an alleged basketball player, and Michael Sam, a football player. Two blacks that have come out of the closet and have received national acclaim from Obama, from Michelle ‘the fistbumper’ Obama, from Oprah Winfrey, from all black people encouraging more black men to come out of the closet.”
Manning and ATLAH have had their eye on President Obama ever since he was elected, which in turn has brought the church and the pastor quite a bit of notoriety. His online series, The Manning Report, is almost entirely focused on the evils Obama has loosed upon the world. In this latest video, above, he refers to the president as both “perverted” and “the son of Satan”. He’s previously hosted a woman who claimed to be a former classmate of Obama’s, and regaled his audience with tales of the future president as a gay, crack-smoking hustler with lots of older white sugar daddies.
Manning’s other enemies are homosexuality (naturally), both major political parties, the Tea Party, Glenn Beck, Congress, Jay-Z, Cornel West, Congressman Charlie Rangel, and pretty much everyone else, especially black celebrities and cultural leaders. Though he’s always inciting controversy for something — in 2008, it was his call for a general economic boycott of all Harlem businesses, and in 2010, a mock trial of Obama for treason and being born in Kenya or someplace — Manning bought himself a whole new level of attention this week, with that video and a corresponding sign outside the church.
As you can see, the sign warns of the dangers of “homo demons,” and the special threat they pose towards black women, who are warned that white homo demons might take their men.
“You’ll have a very hard time competing against a white homosexual male,” Manning advises. “He’s usually got money. The white homo usually has an American Express card. He usually has an opportunity at the theater. Homos love the theater. They love to go out to dinner, parties. They love that kind of thing.”
Obama’s end-game, according to Manning, is the destruction of the black family. It’s less clear what Manning’s own end-game is, though as Right Wing Watch pointed out in December, he seems pretty sure that armed, violent revolution is close at hand. That’s because the “federal school system” is forcing homosexuality upon our children, he explained, indoctrinating them “with this same-sex business and this sexual identity, they’re going after our children, who are very innocent to this process, and they are teaching them to revolt against us. They’re teaching them to revolt against the church, against the Constitution, against the nation and so, at some point in time, you’re going to see a revolt.”
In the meantime, photos of Manning’s sign are already going viral, in what is surely part of Obama’s master plan vis-a-vis the homo demons.