Rev. David James Manning, a controversial minister, has a warning for Black women everywhere: White homosexuals are out to get you—or, more specifically, your men.
The anti-gay message was posted on a sign in front of Manning’s Harlem-based ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church. Though bizarre, the message is not unusual for this divisive, outspoken critic of LGBT rights and President Barack Obama, whom he called a “pervert” and “son of Satan.”
“Obama has released the homo demons on the Black man. Look out Black woman, a White homo may take your man,” the sign reads.
Speaking in a video message that explains the message board, Manning said Obama is forcing Black men to subscribe to “perverted” ideas and it is destroying the Black family. He cited the “coming out” of Black NBA basketball player Jason Collins and NFL prospect Michael Sam as evidence of this proliferation.
“Obama is influencing Black men to come out of the closet or be homosexual and they’re being scooped up by White homos, leaving the Black woman in more dire straits and with less choice of a man to come and be her husband and father her children,” Manning said. “This is devastating what Obama is doing to the Black man and the Black woman.”
“The White homo is now moving into the Black neighborhoods looking for Black men that have been converted into homosexuality,” Manning continued. “But Black woman, let me say something to you: you have a very hard time competing against a White homosexual male. He’s usually got money – a 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 dinners, parties, they love that kind of a thing… Black people need to rise up in mass and recognize the utter destruction that Obama is ”
Manning also told viewers that the church supports Uganda, which passed stringent anti-gay laws including life sentences for gay sex and same-sex marriages. The day after the law was signed, a tabloid published a list of the country’s purported “200 top homosexuals.” Activists have decried the law—and a similar law in Nigeria—saying they could encourage vigilantism and violence against LGBTs.
While some Black ministers may agree with Manning’s stance against homosexuality, some do not, and many would not address the issue in such polarizing terms.
“It’s sad to hear, particularly, it’s sad for a church, which is supposed to be a place of community and sanctuary and love where people work out their issues with fear and trembling before God, to be attacking people,” said the Rev. Graylan Hagler, pastor of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C., about the ASLAH message board.
Hagler said Manning was equally misguided in his attack on the president, who denounced the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and came out in support of same-sex unions, among other pro-LGBT stances.
“The president of the United States has to guarantee protection within the society and maintain a pluralistic society, and a pluralistic society has people with a diversity of different perspectives and opinions and religious points of view,” he said. “So you should not be castigating the president for doing what he is supposed to do.”