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Wonderland Burlesque’s Turdscooter of the Week: Pastor James David Manning

Wonderland Burlesque’s 
Turdscooter of the Week: 
Pastor James David Manning

I remain fascinated by the workings of the human mind, particularly when it comes to matters of religion and religious calling.  For some, it takes a leap of faith, while for others it would seem to involve incredible leaps in logic.

Take Pastor James David Manning of the Atlah Worldwide Church in Harlem, New York, renowned homophobe and host of the online series ‘The Manning Report’, who believes that “upscale sodomites” enjoying their lattes at Starbucks could be aiding (pun intended) the spread of Ebola.

In his own words:

“Starbucks coffee stores are indeed ground zero for spreading Ebola and other diseases, because of the clientele of Starbucks. Generally upscaled [sic] sodomites who frequent Starbucks, who sit there with their computers and it's a meeting place, they exchange a lot of body fluids, hands shaken and contact. Stay away from Starbucks if you don't want to get Ebola. And especially the Starbucks in the urban areas.”

Now, I guess this should not come as a big surprise, coming out of the mouth of a man who also believes that it would be appropriate to stone gays “back to hell”, but let’s keep in mind that (according to science) the Ebola virus is not spread through casual contact and that the only people who have contracted it in the U.S. are people who have been treating patients with the virus.   

I mean, those are facts.  

But, hey, why listen to medical professionals and scientists when it’s much more fun (and self-serving) to simply make shit up!  Especially about people you don’t like.  Because then, it’s not discrimination, but a matter of concern for the health and well-being of those you do like. 

Creating unfound fears?  Oh, yeah… that’s the stuff of ‘God’. 

Sadly, I don’t believe Pastor Manning to be clever or aware enough to spout these things simply as a means of getting attention.  No, I think he really believes the laughable crap that falls from his mouth like so many clowns in a circus parade.

So, let’s all raise a cup of our choice in a salute to this week’s Turdscooter: Pastor James David Manning of the Atlah Worldwide Church in Harlem New York.

If ignorance is indeed bliss, then James David must be one of the happiest fucking people on earth.



anne marie in philly said...


whkattk said...

Ignorance is rampant - or at least it seems so in this day of instant communication. Sad that they actually get an audience that believes them.

Happy to see your return; I was getting very worried about you!