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10/30/2014 04:10 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Starbucks Is 'Ground Zero For Ebola' Because Of Its LGBT Appeal, Anti-Gay Pastor Claims

The pastor of a New York church which sparked controversy after posting a billboard which claimed that "Jesus would stone homos" is back in the headlines.

Pastor James David Manning of the ATLAH Worldwide Missionary is now taking aim at Starbucks, claiming that the coffee giant is "ground zero for Ebola" because franchises, particularly in urban areas, are meeting places for "generally upscale sodomites" interested in "clandestine sexual activities," Towleroad is reporting.

"I am now on the Ebola watch, warning people to stay away from Starbucks," he says in a new "Manning Report" clip. Starbucks locations, he adds, attracts "a large number of sodomites and the [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] crowd that usually, and continue to, approach the idea of sex, intercourse and dating on a lower, less visible, less social scale because of the nature of what they want to do."

Manning's argument also takes shots at President Barack Obama, too: "Remember, I told you back in 2007 that Obama was a homo."

The pastor's remarks come on the heels of a release of the first Starbucks commercial geared toward the LGBT community, starring "RuPaul's Drag Race" veterans Adore Delano and Bianca Del Rio.

Starbucks, of course, has a history of being an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community. In 2012, the Seattle-based coffee chain joined a then-growing list of major corporations in publicly endorsing same-sex marriage legislation in Washington state.

Earlier this year, officials raised raised a Pride flag over the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle.

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