“Brother” Donny Reagan is pastor of the Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ, located between Johnson City and Elizabethton, TN. He records and archives all his sermons on the church website. In one such sermon, he rails against interracial marriages and biracial children. Reagan says he doesn’t consider it right for white people and black people to marry. He calls such relationships “hybreeding.” So one might know this is not a slip of the tongue, he says it repeatedly.
In yet another of his sermons, the pastor also commented on the Dallas sniper attacks against police officers that were securing protesters of the Black Lives Matter movement. The protesters were marching in a display of outrage over the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, both of whom were shot by police on Friday. Reagan argued that what transpired in Dallas during the protest was “God’s punishment” and that God acted by taking the lives of five police officers “because we disobeyed his command about having black slaves that was passed down in the Book of Genesis.”
“This sort of thing will continue to happen as long as we’re willing to continue playing deaf and blind to everything God has instructed us to do,” Reagan argued. “Many object to this in today’s time, but you cannot argue with the Bible. The Book of Genesis clearly states through the Curse of Ham, ‘he said, ‘Cursed be Cannaan; A servant of servants He shall be to his brothers.’ And like many other things from our past, we have chosen to forget everything that God has taught us. And today, little by little, we’re starting to pay the price for it.”
What Pastor Reagan was referring to in his flammable sermon is actually a misnomer for the curse upon Canaan that was imposed by the biblical patriarch Noah. The curse occurs in the Book of Genesis and concerns Noah’s drunkenness and the accompanying shameful act perpetrated by his son Ham, the father of Canaan. The story’s original objective was to justify the subjection of the Canaanites to the Israelites, but in later centuries, the narrative was interpreted by Jews, Christians and Muslims as an explanation for black skin and slavery.
“Innocent white lives were lost in these attacks,” Reagan continued to blast away. “And they were taken by black terrorists, members of the very race that we were instructed to keep as slaves. And this is what happens when we choose to do whatever we like, the Devil comes to this Earth and plants his foul seed wherever he feels the absence of love for our Lord Jesus Christ. And make no mistake, it was the Devil that guided the arms of those black men and it was he that made them pull the triggers.”
“And this terrible tragedy is also a lesson from which we must learn. We must teach our children, our friends and acquaintances not to bed with other races, not to bed with black men and women. This is wrong and it was not meant to be. For if we continue this sinful practice, the Lord will give up on us and there will be no more salvation for anyone. Once is an accident, twice a foolishness, but committing sin repeatedly is a sign of disrespect,” Pastor Reagan concluded.