The particular sermon is from April 2013, but was not available outside the church’s website until Feb. 7, 2014. (See video below.)
In criticism of interracial marriage, Pastor Donny Reagan quotes early 20th Century evangelistic minister William Branham, who claimed to be a prophet and a healer, and upon whose teachings Happy Valley Church is based.
Hybreeding, hybreeding, oh, how terrible, hybreeding. They hybreed the people.
According to Rachel Tabachnick, an investigative researcher on religion’s influence on American politics:
Branham was a ‘faith healer’ and evangelist of the 1950s who went off the deep end near the end of his life with his ‘serpent seed’ interpretation of the bible. He claimed that Eve had sex with the devil and started a demonic line of humans on earth.
Continuing his Branham quote, Reagan offered:
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 segregations and things they're talking about, 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. What white woman would want her baby to be a mulatto by a colored man? God made us what we are. Let's stay what God made us; I believe it's right.
Reagan then deliberately misquotes other lines from the same Branham speech, seemingly to encourage response from members of the church:
Let the brown race marry the white race.
When objection from the assembly is only mild, Reagan says:
Well, I guess we should all dismiss and go to Taco Bell.
He then continues accurate recital of the same Branham speech:
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.
He also quotes another Branham address from the same era that appears more direct in racial intolerance.
Today, we have so much fussing and strewing about this segregation of white and colored and everything. Why don’t they leave it alone? Let it the way God made it.