Yes, the LGBT shelter organization should definitely buy the church from Manning. Any religious figure who preaches against LGBT people should be ousted, and using the places they once spewed hate to help the very people they preached against is a much better use of resources. It would be a symbol of changing attitudes as well as a practical aid center, which is exactly the right use for these buildings.
It's a good way to respond to hate to turn the hateful person's property into a shelter for LGBT youth. Perhaps it will teach this pastor a thing or two about compassion and kindness. It is a good way to turn over a new leaf and add some good karma to the property. This change will help others and turn the pastor's hate into something good.
I sure do believe it is right that the Ali Forney Center is raising money to purchase the ATLAH church in the hopes of providing homes for homeless LGBT youth in Harlem. Would it not be sweet, poetic justice if the building that formerly housed Pastor Manning who spewed hate speech against the LGBT community became a home to these young people?
No, it is not a good idea for a homeless shelter for LGBT youth to raise money to buy Pastor Manning's church because the building itself has been a venue for anti-LGBT hate speech and has represented everything the organization fights to destroy. Bringing attention to his hate-filled rhetoric sends the message that this type of speech and behavior is acceptable for society.