New York City Police are searching for a suspect who, they say, committed a hate crime by spray-painting “God is Gay” on the sign of Atlah World Missionary Church over the weekend.
You may recall that Atlah Church has been in the news several times over the past few months for posting messages like “Jesus Would Stone Homos,” “Harlem is a Homo Free Zone,” and “Obama Has Released the Homo Demons on the Black Man,” on their church sign.
Controversial pastor James David Manning applauded the NYPD’s decision to investigate the vandalism as a hate crime, saying the offender's actions were motivated by “pure and simple hate.”
Manning also told the New York Daily News that the vandalism doesn’t surprise him.
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“Gay people are just outright bullies,” Manning said. “I expected them to act in a very violent way.”
The New York Civil Liberties Union also supports the NYPD’s decision to call the vandalism a hate crime, saying that regardless of how controversial his messages are, Manning and his billboards are protected under the First Amendment.