Hate-pastor James David Manning, better known as the guy who thinks Starbucks’ lattes contain the “semen of sodomites,” is on the verge of losing his church.
According to Gustavo Solis at DNAInfo:
A state judge ordered Atlah Worldwide Church to be sold at a public foreclosure auction after failing to pay creditors more than $1.02 million, court records show.
Church leader Pastor James Manning said in a phone conversation with DNAinfo New York that the foreclosure was mostly over unpaid water and sewage bills and vowed to fight the order, claiming his church’s tax exempt status means he doesn’t have to pay.
“I assure you, it’s about a water bill and a tax that can’t be levied against this church,” Manning said. “I think it’s a land grab quite frankly.”
While churches are exempt from paying property taxes, they often (but not always) have to pay for city resources they use, like snow removal services. It’s unclear, though, if New York City makes churches pay for water and sewage.
Still, that’s a lot of money that the church owes.
The public auction will be Feb. 24, according to a public notice posted at the New York Law Journal.
What are the chances a GoFundMe campaign should buy the place and paint it in the colors of the rainbow a la Equality House across from Westboro Baptist Church?
(via Joe. My. God.)