|Advocates are hoping for karma. This Harlem|
homophobic church is up for foreclosure auction
and an organization that helps homless gay teens wants to buy it.
And weird. Did I say weird?
The marquee in the front of the church has had messages like "Jesus Would Stone Homos," and "Obama has released the homo demons on the black man."
The church's pastor, Rev James David Manning, famously said in 2014 that Starbucks flavored its coffees with semen from "sodomites."
Yeah, did I say he was weird?
Anyway, it appears that Manning, or whoever is running the Atlah World Missonary Church, isn't so good with finances.
The city of New York says Atlah owes debts and tax liens totalling a little over a million dollars. The church is about to be sold in a foreclosure auction, says the Huffington Post.
This is prime real estate, so I'm sure a lot of developers want to gobble this place up.
However, I'm really rooting for one of the potential bidders for this property - the Ali Forney Center.
Why? Because the Ali Forney Center would be awesome karma for this place. It's an advocacy group for homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens.
Talk about turning a derelict property to good use!
The Ali Forney Center is conducting an online fundraiser tohelp raise $200,000 so it can buy the property and turn it into housing for its young clients, says the Huffington Post.
The $200,000 would be used to leverage other funds and help from foundations to secure the property.
If the Ali Forney Center is ultimately unsuccessful in buying the building, it will use the donations to expand its services for homeless youth elsewhere.
Carl Siciliano, the Center's founder and executive director, said converting the "church" to a building that houses homeless gay teens would "truly be a triumph of love over hatred."
The fundraising for the Ali Forney Center at what is hoped will soon be the former Atlah church is going quite well.
As of Sunday, $75,000 had been raised, reports the JoeMyGod blog. Hopes are that today, as people head to work and tell each other about the fundraiser, the donations will skyrocket even more.
(UPDATE: As of 2 p.m. EDT, the fundraising has gotten up past $100,000)
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