Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Must not criticize  interracial marriage

Donny Reagan runs the Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ in Johnson City, Tennessee. This weekend, he was marked as “the most racist pastor in America” for the video sermon shown below.

On its website, Happy Valley Church — which has an all-white, all-male staff and board of trustees — claims to be non-denominational but steeped in Pentecostal traditions.

Happy Valley Church and Reagan’s controversial sermon follow the teachings of one grand old man of the American Pentecostal movement, William Branham.

 Branham says that “Martin Luther King is communistic inspired, which is going to lead about a million people to a absolutely a death trap [sic],” and that segregation was good for minorities, and that “my coloured brothers and sisters in the South oughtn’t to rise up to arms against their brethren and things like over such a little thing as that.”

It’s that fraught kind of benevolent, quietist racism — a racism that sees itself as divinely inspired progressive kinship — that Reagan was saluting when he cited Branham in this new viral sermon:

“We realise that there’s a move in the message of blacks marrying whites, whites marrying blacks … and folks think it’s all right. But you know what? My God still has nationalities outside the city.

Branham ends up railing against hybreeding of all sorts, on the grounds that you don’t mess with the stable categories that God has set up for you:

The people would be better off if you’d just let them the way they are, the way God made them. Let the brown race marry the brown race, the white race marry the white race, the dark race, the yellow race and whatevermore, stay the way God made them.


Only a few decades ago, views such as pastor Reagan's were normal -- and even legally enforced.  I have no time for any kind of legally enforced segregation but voluntary segregation happens all the time.  That being so, why not mention it and advocate it? 

Any white woman thinking of marrying what appears to be a high-quality black man might think of asking Nicole Brown Simpson about it.  Ooops! You can't, of course.

Some blacks are also critical of interracial marriage


Anonymous said...

For every example like Nicole Brown Simpson there are hundreds of marriages that are working.

I wouldn't stop this man from saying what he is saying though, he does have the freedom of speech to say what he likes and it's good he's not afraid to say his mind since it allows the rest of us to know to avoid this man and his weak and tiny god.

On a more personal level, I would challenge this man to show me a single passage of scripture that supports his views, I know of the scriptures that were historically used for such purposes and without exception they were all well outside their context for such usage.

Anonymous said...

The Bible is used to justify even opposite views, as "context" gives the opportunity for all manner of weird and wonderful interpretation.

stinky said...

Let him blather ... just not at me, thx; I have intelligent conversations to attend to.

Anonymous said...

Like the man say what he wants and let anyone stupid enough to listen do so.