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Rabid Anti-Gay Pastor Claims ‘Urban Sodomites’ Will Turn Starbucks into the Epicenter of the Ebola Outbreak in the US

The far-right has gone nuts with Ebola fearmongering, from spreading panic that Ebola could be transmitted through America’s unsecured borders to flat-out accusing Obama of causing the Ebola crisis in America.

Still, even the most extreme rhetoric seems tame compared to birther pastor James David Manning latest ‘Ebola Watch’ sermon.

In the videotaped rant, the Harlem pastor of ATLAH Worldwide Ministries claimed – based on no factual basis at all – that Starbucks would become the epicenter of the Ebola crisis in America because of those darn ‘urban sodomites’ who hang around the coffee purveyors all day.

“Starbucks coffee stores are indeed ground zero for spreading Ebola and other diseases, because of the clientele of Starbucks,” Manning preached to his internet flock.

He then clarified that the danger was most extreme in urban coffee shops where rich ‘sodomites’ sat on their computers all day and swapped fluids around over-priced brew.

“Generally upscale 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,” he said, implying that more goes on than coffee drinking in Starbucks and it could somehow cause Ebola to spread.

“Stay away from Starbucks if you don’t want to get Ebola. And especially the Starbucks in the urban areas…” Manning warned.

For the record, despite a handful of rumors suggesting otherwise floating around the web, there is  absolutely  no evidence that homosexual activity has anything to do with Ebola at all.

In addition, Ebola is much harder to contract than Manning suggested as is not easily caught by walking into a coffee shop with someone swapping spit.

As the CDC has repeatedly emphasized, Ebola is spread through the contact with the “blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola,” and it is not airborne.

Further, while Manning makes it sound like Ebola is about to break out in epidemic proportions, nothing could be further from the truth.

There have only been two cased of Ebola being contracted in the United States and both were caregivers of Thomas Eric Duncan, who contracted Ebola himself in Liberia aiding a sick pregnant woman. Experts also call the chance of a widespread Ebola breakout in the US very remote. 

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