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Pastor James Manning: ‘Children Under Attack by Homosexual Lobby’

If you are fortunate enough to pass through the streets of Harlem, you might notice a pretty jarring sign attached to the ATLAH church and private Christian school. It is not the cross which stands tall above the church, reading “Jesus Is Lord.” It’s not even the sign just beneath that, which holds the title of the church, along with the phrase “The Blood of Jesus.” It would, instead, be the letter board directly beneath. The sign was updated this week to promote the following message:

“When the homos bullied the poor and needy in Sodom like they do in Harlem, Jesus fire and brim-stoned them.” – Ezek 16:48-50 Lev. 20:13 Gen. 19:24

Just to be clear, Harlem is actually not addressed in the bible.

This is only the latest act of homophobia coming from Christian pastor James David Manning. Earlier this month the pastor made news when he claimed that NASA’s Voyager probe proved that “the entire universe rebukes sodomy, it rebukes same-sex marriage, it rebukes man lying with man.”

“There’s nothing in the universe that agrees with same-sex [marriage], there’s nothing in the universe that agrees with the Sodomites,” Manning states. “The Sodomites can’t get a witness from anywhere in the universe except their own perverted testimony, nothing in the universe will agree with them. Everything in the universe says it must be male and female.”

He went on to state that “There is no life that will come out of a rectum.” He accused “sodomites” of “cheering on and praising the rectum… I mean, that’s demonic!” “Any effeminate person will not enter into the Kingdom of God,” he continued, “just for acting like a homo.”

Let’s not forget that Pastor Manning also claimed that Michael Sam may spread pedophilia by marrying a 9-year-old boy. He accused President Barack Obama of being gay, Vladimir Putin of being gay, and stated that the Russian President will out the American President in 100 days. (I guess we should be expecting some really exciting news in another six weeks!?)

But again, as the religious right loves to do, and as I blogged about last week, Manning has also chosen to bring children into the equation. He claimed that children are “under a massive attack by the homosexual lobby, especially within the public school systems,” and encouraged parents to remove their children from public schools to “give them an opportunity of natural sexual maturity.”

“Within the school systems, they are being influenced at a time in which their minds are very tender, and they really know not what to choose, except to go along with peer pressure,” he stated. “They should not be pressured into making a decision to become homosexual.”

Here we go again with the most ignorant, corrupt people on the planet claiming to be looking out for the best interest of our children. I don’t feel that I have to go down the list of why his statements are not only absurd but incredibly false. If he didn’t lose you with his incoherent, baseless interpretation of NASA’s Voyager probe, perhaps he could have lost you with any one of his other equally outrageous statements.

Some people make provocative statements to garner media attention. It is arguable that Pastor Manning is doing just this. But I don’t think so. I think Pastor Manning is one of many who actually believe this radical non-sense. What is even more disconcerting is that this pastor has a following. There are certain parents who are listening to his instructions and taking them to heart.

So, I felt I must counter this with a piece of my own advice (coming straight from the ‘homosexual lobby.’) Don’t expose your children to this garbage. Instead, teach your children to be smart and sane. Teach your children to be tolerant, even of people like this who choose hatred. Encourage your children to question and fact-check what they are taught, even if it comes from an authority figure or a pastor. Finally, teach them that if you have absolutely no understanding of what NASA’s Voyager is, the last thing you should do is compare it to gay sex. Although… (Just kidding).

Pat Robertson: Did molestation or movies make your daughter a lesbian?

Another day, another bat-shit crazy televangelist. I know these come a dime a dozen, and that a majority of people listening to Pat Robertson’s remarks would be appalled, but I find it worthwhile to call out this blatant ignorance. After all, it could only result in making these extreme religious viewpoints look more ridiculous to more people, which can only be a good thing.

This week, Pat Robertson had some serious advice to give to a concerned mother of a twenty-one year old woman who announced she was in a lesbian relationship. “(She) was always very feminine. This came out of nowhere!” wrote the concerned parent. Naturally, Robertson had some interesting words for this mother, which aligned perfectly with his history of total ignorance and idiocy. “I think she needs somebody to help her get her identity straight,” Robertson offered. “She may not be right in this. She may have thought she had a crush on some older girl along the way and that she is actually homosexual when she is not. I don’t know… The whole question of sexuality identity has gotten so blurred in the press these days it’s hard to know… but why is she that way? Was she molested when she was younger?”

It was at this point that the interviewer chimed in with “… Sometimes just in the world today, you know they’re telling kids to explore. It’s crazy.”

Robertson continued: “Girl on girl movies, more and more… They’re getting straight actors to play lesbians and straight men to play homosexuals. And if you say anything against homosexuality, you are just hooted out of court. But I do think you need to love your daughter and give her a chance to work this out. Because if she is deeper and deeper in it, sooner or later she’s gonna be disillusioned and she’s gonna say ‘This is wrong and I want to come out of it.’”

This is not the first time we’ve heard Pat Robertson weigh-in on homosexuality. In 2009, a similar question was asked by the parents of a gay son. “First of all, I’m not at all persuaded that so-called homosexuals are homosexuals because of biological problems,” Robertson stated. “There may be a very few, but there’s so many that have been made homosexual because of a coach or a guidance counselor, or some other male figure who may have abused them, and they think there’s something wrong with their sexuality.” Robertson went on to suggest that the parents continue to love their son because “Well, I mean, if somebody’s on their way to hell, they’ll… I mean, you’ve got to love them to rescue them.”

What we see here is a classic example of one’s religion enabling them to ignore logic and instead spew hate-speech that they deem holy. This is the same man who has called the separation of church and state “insane,” has repeatedly claimed that natural disasters were god’s punishment for various things including abortion, and has claimed that all non-Christian religions worship “demonic powers.” This man also claimed that Mitt Romney would win the 2012 Presidential election because “the lord told him.”

It seems as though whatever lord Pat Robertson is speaking with seems to continuously get it wrong, doesn’t it?

In the same sense that religious extremists don’t need to justify their belief system to me, I find it absolutely unnecessary to justify my homosexuality to anybody. Especially when we are looking at the dichotomy and the logical fallacies that exist so prominently in their arguments. Robertson states “(Your twenty-one year old daughter) may have thought she had a crush on some older girl along the way and that she is actually homosexual when she is not…”

First of all, I find it interesting that Robertson inferred that the young woman had a crush on an “older girl.” At no point was it ever even implied that the young woman was dating or wanting to date an older woman. Secondly, I am hearing more and more about these Christian conservatives acknowledging homosexuality and claiming acceptance, except when it comes to their own family. Maybe she thinks she is actually homosexual when she is not? That implies that there is a group of people who are “actually homosexual,” but god forbid it be your daughter. No – your daughter, who was brought up in the church, knows better and is exempt from potentially being homosexual because her religion forbids it.

As for his claim that there are more and more “girl on girl movies” and that “they’re getting straight actors to play lesbians and straight men to play homosexuals,” that is correct. Homosexuality is a real thing that is being depicted as a real thing in our media. If the media had any effect on sexual orientation, then I suppose there is no question that myself and every other gay person would have grown up straight, considering there has been heterosexuality expressed in every single movie since the beginning of time, right?

Finally, the absurd falsehood that homosexuals must have been sexually abused is entirely unfounded. In fact, each single study done on the matter has concluded that there seems to be no greater incidence of sexual abuse in the LGBT community. I’m sure this is what the lord would want you to do, however. Find a way to link homosexuality to perversion. How wonderfully Christian of you.

Is anybody else growing entirely weary of heterosexual crazies offering their opinions on homosexuality? We’ve established they are as off-base as everything else that comes out of their mouths. I find, personally, that watching the slow, painful death of this glorified bigotry is actually quite entertaining.

Ex-Gay Christian Outed and The Bible’s Greatest Hits

gay bible picI’m sure you’ve seen it swirling around the blogosphere recently. An “ex-gay” Christian blogger, Matt Moore, outed for being on Grindr. After several months of silence, he stepped forward to admit that he had been on Grindr, but was simply looking to meet men in the area and wanted to go to gay bars. He states that he has since sold his computer and locked his phone in attempt to block out any temptation. He states that he is “trying” to not engage in homosexual activity, because it is sinful.

Many people would find this absolutely abhorrent, but I do not. I find it very sad. The irony of the whole situation is that Matt’s blog, which I was unable to access, is entitled “Standing On Truth.” I’m not sure if he is actually standing on truth, so much as Wallowing in Fear, Lies, and Self-Loathing, but in any event, it is very sad. It is a prime example of religious folklore torturing an otherwise promising young man. I’m sure many of us knows what this feels like. It’s not a situation to mock or criticize. It is one to empathize with.

In light of this poor young man’s plight, I wanted to take a moment to highlight what I consider to be some of the bible’s “Greatest Hits.” These are passages that come straight from the book this confused young man is investing his faith in. I’m unsure how a gay person, a woman, a minority, or any rational human being can read this text and feel “inspired” or “enlightened” by it. But I just want to remind Matt, as well as any other young, gay Christian who may be struggling with their faith in light of their sexual orientation… It is ok to ask questions. It is ok to beg to differ. It is ok to love yourself.

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 1: 1 Timothy 2:12
“I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man. She must be quiet.”

“Happy those who seize your children and smash them against a rock.”

(Editors Note: This passage is frequently omitted from readings in church. What’s really fun though? Check out the 1970’s disco anthem “Rivers of Babylon” by Boney M, based on this passage. Let it play while you read the rest.)

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 3: Ephesians 5:22
“Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.”

“Slaves, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and equitable but also to those who are perverse.”

(Editors Note: That one could actually be interpreted as kind of hot.)

“Then God said: ‘Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you’.”

(Editors Note: CPS, anyone?)

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 6: 1 Samuel 15:3
“Go, now, attack Amalek, and deal with him and all that he has under the ban. Do not spare him, but kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and asses.”

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 7: Judges 19:25-28
This story describes a situation in which a man is trapped in his house, with an angry mob outside his front door, awaiting him. (This one is real classy)…

“So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go. At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight. When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. He said to her, ‘Get up; let’s go.’ But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.”

“Do not allow a sorceress to live.”

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 9: Leviticus 24:16
“Whoever utters the name of the Lord must be put to death. The whole community must stone him, whether alien or native. If he utters the name, he must be put to death.”

(Editors Note: Is this kind of like how you’re not supposed to make eye contact with Vanilla Ice?)

“And the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity.”

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 11: Leviticus 20:13
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 12: Leviticus 11:10
“But all in the seas or in the rivers that do not have fins and scales, all that move in the water or any living thing which is in the water, they are an abomination to you.”

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 13: Leviticus 11:11
“They (shellfish) shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat their flesh, but you shall regard their carcasses as an abomination.”

(Editor’s Note: So, just to clarify, according to Leviticus, both shellfish and gay sex are abominations.)

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 14: Ezekiel 23:19-20
“Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt. There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.”

GREATEST HIT NUMBER 15: Malachi 2:3 (King James Version)
“Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.”

(Editors Note: I beg your pardon?)

I’m unsure why so many seem hellbent on making this literature fit into their lives. Or even define their lives. Yes, the dung passage is awesome, but what about the rest of them? The ones that are promoting genocide, killing and raping women, advising “slaves” to be submissive and obedient to even the most perverse slaveowners? This type of literature is not inspiring. It is disgusting. So, Matt Moore, and any other gay Christian who is struggling… please ask questions and know that you always have a friend here.

By the way, please offer up any more awesome passages in the comments below. You can’t write this stuff, it’s so good!