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Homophobic Harlem church up for public auction

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Dia Hannington

Harlem's Atlah Worldwide Church, which is known for being extremely unfriendly to the LBGTQ community, is up for public action due to unpaid tax debts exceeding $1.02 million, according to DNAinfo. Speaking with the publication, the church's Rev. James Manning claimed that the move was a "land grab," but allow me to explain why he doesn't deserve your sympathy. 

A lot of houses of worship aren't welcoming of the LGBT community, but Atlah has taken it much further.

In 2014, the church displayed oh-so-lovely signs that said things like, "Harlem is a sodomite-free zone" and "Jesus would stone homos." The church even targeted President Obama, posting a sign saying that "Obama has released the homo demons on the black man. Look out, black woman. A white homo may take your man."

And the intolerance doesn't stop at homophobia. Shortly after Obama's first election, Atlah posted, "The blood of Jesus against Obama. History made 4 Nov 2008 a Taliban Muslim Illegally Elected President USA: Hussein."

Last week, Rivers Of Living Water, a Harlem church catering to the LBGTQ community, launched a GoFundMe campaign to purchase the church, saying, "It would be divine justice to replace that church with our 'radically inclusive and open and affirming' ministry."

So if you're a religious person who supports LBGTQ fairness, consider donating a couple of bucks to the cause.

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