James Manning, ATLAH Church Pastor, Claims Starbucks Uses 'Sodomites' Semen'

11/06/2014 11:51 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016
  • James Nichols The Huffington Post

Here we go again.

The leader of the vehemently anti-gay Harlem ATLAH Missionary Church, James Manning, is once again making outrageous claims against the gay community. This time he might have outdone himself.

Last week, Manning asserted that Starbucks is "ground zero for Ebola" after the company released it's first LGBT commercial starring Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano of "RuPaul's Drag Race" fame.

Now, Manning has released another video in which the religious leader claims that Starbucks has been using the "sodomites' semen" in their flavored coffee drinks. He states in the video:

“Starbucks is a place where these types frequent and a lot of body fluids are exchanged there. But the thing that I was not aware of is that there has been information that has been released… what Starbucks was doing, is they were taking specimens of male semen, and they were putting it in the blends of their lattes. Now, this is the absolute truth."

ATLAH Missionary Church has a long history of anti-gay sentiment, predominantly expressed through the church's main sign. The church first made headlines in late February when religious leaders posted a sign reading, "Obama has released the homo demons on the black man. Look out black woman. A white homo may take your man." The church then later replaced the sign with one that read, "Jesus would stone homos," along with "Stoning is still the law." And later, "Harlem is a sodomite free zone. Stop sodomizing our children in schools across America."

Happily, many LGBT people have stood up to the hate from Manning and ATLAH Church.

Earlier this week, activists protested ATLAH by providing free Starbucks coffee to pedestrians walking by the church.

In March, a lesbian transgender woman, Jennifer Louise Lopez, knocked on the church's door and asked them to "stone" her for being part of the LGBT community. The video of the encounter quickly went viral and Lopez has continued to protest against the Church.

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