Pastor James David Manning of ATLAH World Missionary Church in New York City says he is only controversial because he speaks the truth.
The eccentric pastor has made national headlines for a number of outrageous claims, including his belief that gay people are secretly adding human semen to coffee at Starbucks. In a recent interview with Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks, Manning refused to back down.
“Anytime anybody anywhere speaks the truth it becomes for those who oppose it controversial,” he said.
Kasparian noted that Manning had called for gay people to be stoned to death.
“I’m a preacher of the word of God,” he replied. “I’m not the one who wrote the scripture. Listen, Moses said that sodomites should be stoned. It’s right in the book of Leviticus. I’m not the writer of that. I’m just a preacher of it, so don’t blame me. If you want to be upset with somebody, be upset with Moses.”
Uygur asked Manning if he agreed with the views of Muslim extremists like the Islamic State jihadists, and the pastor agreed that he shared some beliefs with the radical groups.
Uygur also wondered why Manning had described drinking semen as “having a good time.”
“Well, you know, you are pushing me up against a corner here,” he responded. “A number of people think that semen tastes good. A number of people think that drinking semen is a good idea.”
“No, I don’t think that myself personally,” he insisted. “I’m just giving you the references of what other people say. You’ve got literally millions of people around the world that really think that the taste of semen is quite a flavor, and they seek it in the midst of other kinds of activities.”
Some “ingenious” individuals had decided to put semen in coffee lattes, he added, before admitting to having been tempted by the gay “lifestyle.”
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