Brother Donny Reagan is affiliated with the Happy Valley Church of Jesus in Tennessee. Like many, Reagan is worried about the status of the institution of marriage these days, but for Reagan the problems go far deeper than gay marriage. In a video recorded in 2013, Reagan railed against interracial marriage and mixed race children calling such marriages “not right” and wondering why we can’t leave segregation “alone.” Said Reagan: “Today we have so much fussing and stewing about this segregation of white and colored and everything. Why don’t they leave it alone? Let it be the way God made it;” that is, “if God wanted a man brown, black, white, whatever color he wanted him, that God’s creation. That’s the way he wanted it.” As such, “there is a move in the message, of blacks marrying whites, whites marrying blacks. And folks think that is alright, but you know, my God still has nationalities outside the city.” And just think about the offspring: “Hybreeding, hybreeding, oh how terrible. They hybreed the people. You know it’s a big molding pot. I’ve got hundreds of precious colored friends that’s borned again Christians. But on this line of segregation, hybreeding the people. What, tell me what fine cultured, fine Christian colored woman would want her baby to be a mulatto by a white man? No sir, it’s not right.”
When the video was noticed by people outside of his congregation, Reagan claimed to apologize: “If I offended you, I’m sorry and I’m asking you to forgive me,” which is not really an apology. He also explained that even though he doesn't believe in interracial relationships, he isn’t a racist since that label has negative connotations that he doesn’t want associated with him. He also toyed with the friends argument.
Diagnosis: Bigoted shift**k. His influence is presumably pretty limited, though.
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