On January 16th, 2008, the Deseret Morning News published an article discussing the various upcoming activities scheduled along the Wasatch Front in association with the annual memorialization of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
With the full-court press accompanying the annual observance of this day, one would believe that Dr. King had already obtained celestial glory and been ordained unto Godhood itself. Not even the Founder of this country, George Washiongton, rates his own day any more; he must now share a generic "presidents" day with 42 other jokers, some of whom Washington wouldn't have allowed into the White House even to clean the toilets. Yet Dr. King, for some reason, rates his own day.
And indeed, Dr. King's name has been stamped all over America in nearly the same fashion that Joseph Stalin's name was stamped all over Russia during his regime. Countless buildings have been named after Dr. King. And, according to Answers.com, in 2006, Derek Alderman, a cultural geographer at East Carolina University, reported that more than 730 American cities had named a street after King. Seventy percent of these streets were in seven Southern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Texas. King's home state of Georgia had the most, with 105 streets. Not even Utah escapes this list; 600 South in Salt Lake City is ceremonially named after Dr. King, although no one uses the name. Only 11 states in the country escape having a street named after King.
No one questions the fact that Dr. Martin Luther King was an uncommon man who took upon himself an uncommon mission. And Dr. King was no mere keyboard commando; he risked health, limb, and even life for the cause of civil rights. He was repeatedly beaten and jailed; his "Letters From A Birmingham Jail" is accorded a status which barely falls short of the canonization conferred upon the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Koran. A typical faith-promoting MLK website like TheKingCenter.org recites these details ad infinitum.
And evan as the first Mormon prophet Joseph Smith was required to seal his testimony with his blood, so Dr. King likewise sealed his own testimony with his blood.
However, often lost in the canonization and glorification of Dr, Martin Luther King Jr. was the fact that he was very much a human being. And, as such, he was just as subject to the weaknesses and imperfections of the fleshly tabernacle as the rest of us. However, this fact, for some reason, is repeatedly censored; those who dare to explore Dr. King's human side are questioned at best, and demonized at worst. If white, the critic acquires the dreaded distinction of "racist" (OMG!).
Nevertheless, some have dared to present Dr. King's more human side to the public. One such individual is Joel Skousen. On his WorldAffairsBrief.com website, Skousen discusses the human frailties of Dr. King:
Martin Luther King was another public figure that was assassinated for the martyr effect. As the evidence below shows, the evidence of King's corruption, womanizing and Communist sympathies, we was becoming more a liability to the Civil Rights agenda than an asset. It was only a matter of time before King's reputation would self-destruct. By engineering his death and blaming it on a supposed racist, the Powers That Be could turn MLK into a hero. With the assistance of controlled judges, they could have his records sealed and make sure the public would not have access to the real Martin Luther King.
MARTIN LUTHER KING--THE MAN BEHIND THE MEDIA MASK
Every year America endures the same propaganda media-blitz on Martin Luther King day--the false portrayal of the “Reverend” King as an American hero; a saintly, self-sacrificing religious martyr for the cause of civil rights. He was everything but that and certainly no hero that any American should look up to. I have written extensively about the defense of true civil rights, no one can accuse me of hating the cause. I say this be way of introduction in anticipation of the fury my remarks will generate among the media attempting to perpetrate this growing myth upon American culture. Everything about Martin Luther King is a fraud. Here are the real facts.
1) NAME CHANGE: MLK is really Michael King, Jr. His father was a minister and arbitrarily decided to rename himself and his son, Martin Luther King Sr. and Jr.
2) PLAGIARISM IN HIS DOCTORAL THESIS: The most complete analysis of King’s chronic plagiarism in his academic career was done by Gerry Harbison, professor of Chemistry at University of Nebraska: “In 1988, the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project made a discovery that shocked it to its core. The Project, a group of academics and students, had been entrusted by Coretta Scott King with the task of editing King's papers for publication. As they examined King's student essays and his dissertation, they gradually became aware that King was guilty of massive plagiarism - that is, he had copied the words of other authors word-for-word, without making it clear that what he was writing was not his own. The Project spent years uncovering the full extent of King's plagiarism. In November 1990, word leaked to the press, and they had to go public. The revelations caused a minor scandal and then were promptly forgotten.” Suppressed would be a more accurate description. The National Endowment for the Humanities actively suppressed the story in preparation for celebrating King. Its then-director was Lynne Cheney, wife of the current Vice President. For the full story see Prof. Harbison’s website: http://chem-gharbison.unl.edu/mlk/plagiarism.html
3) COMMUNIST BACKGROUND AND CONTACTS: It appears that King established an early liaison with the American Communist Party and sought to create civil unrest in support of the revolution. His own biographer, David J. Garrow admitted that king once privately “described himself as a Marxist.” King constantly surrounded himself with Communists, hired them, and even went to great lengths to keep them on through secret relationships. King’s personal secretary in the 1950s was communist and homosexual Bayard Rustin. According to Sen. Jesse Helms, “King was repeatedly warned about his associations with known Communists by friendly elements in the Kennedy Administration and the Department of Justice [DOJ] (including strong and explicit warning from President Kennedy himself). King took perfunctory and deceptive measures to separate himself from the Communists [Stanley David Levison and Hunter Pitts O’Dell ] against whom he was warned. He continued to have close and secret contacts with at least some of them after being informed and warned of their background, and he violated a commitment to sever his relationships with identified Communists.”
4) IMMORAL AND ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR: Dr. King had an ample reputation as a philanderer and abuser of women of ill repute. The FBI under J. Edgar Hoover had run surveillance on King and his entourage for years attempting to gather data on his Communist connections. While the Bureau did surveill King’s attendance at Communist meetings, but most of the surveillance records show an extreme preoccupation after hours with illicit sex. In deference to King’s usefulness in promoting a national holiday for civil rights, US Federal judge John Lewis Smith, Jr. ordered all the FBI records sealed up in the National Archives for 50 years (till 2027). When I was Executive Editor of Conservative Digest, I called retired Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray and asked him what was in the evidence locked away. His answer surprised me. He said there were approximately 15 file cabinets of evidence on King--14 of them were full of recordings and transcripts of his illicit relationships with prostitutes. Only one file cabinet contained evidence of his Communist relationships.
Even former co-workers have blown the whistle on King’s scurrilous conduct. The Rev. Ralph Abernathy, in his book, "And the Wall Came Tumbling Down", King spent his last night in the motel having an immoral liason with three women and then beat one of the woman in the morning before he was shot. Assistant Director of the FBI Charles D. Brennan wrote a letter to Sen. John P. East (R-NC) in which he stated that King's conduct consisted of "orgiastic and adulterous escapades, some of which indicated that King could be bestial in his sexual abuse of women." The FBI surveillance records covering his first night in Stockholm, Sweden, where he was to receive the Noble Peace Prize, document that his only interest was how to secure prostitutes for he and his entourage. An orgy followed. King’s surveillance and wiretaps were personally authorized by then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. If these allegations are true, this man should never have been put forward as a national hero. Yes, I am aware that other national heroes have had there weaknesses, but King’s conduct borders on a Clinton-like sexual addiction.
The Martinlutherking.org website, the only major MLK site to provide a "true historical examination" of Dr. King's life, provides even more explicit details. It reveals that, during the last night of Dr. King's life, he not only failed to contend against the weaknesses of the flesh, but yielded to them altogether.
01/19/98 Newsweek, Page 62
January 6, 1964, was a long day for Martin Luther King Jr. He spent the morning seated in the reserved section of the Supreme Court, listening as lawyers argued New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, a landmark case rising out of King's crusade against segregation in Alabama. The minister was something of an honored guest: Justice Arthur Goldberg quietly sent down a copy of Kings account of the Montgomery bus boycott, "Stride Toward Freedom," asking for an autograph. That night King retired to his room at the Willard Hotel. There FBI bugs reportedly picked up 14 hours of party chatter, the clinking of glasses and the sounds of illicit sex--including King's cries of "I'm fucking for God" and "I'm not a Negro tonight!"
Note: What is not mentioned in this article is that Martin Luther King was having sex with three White women, one of whom he brutally beat while screaming the above mentioned quotes. Much of the public information on King's use of church money to hire prostitutes and his beating them came from King's close personal friend, Rev. Ralph Abernathy (pictured above), in his 1989 book, "And the walls came tumbling down."
Newsweek Magazine 1-19-1998, page 62
"And the walls came tumbling down," by Rev. Ralph Abernathy (1989)
Some honest skeptics might be tempted to ask the question "Why bring all this 'negative' stuff out?". Fair question, and there are two reasons why I think it's important to present a balanced perspective on Dr. King's life.
1. We shouldn't be worshipping Dr. King. Worship is reserved for deities; Dr. King, notwithstanding his accomplishments, was not a deity. He was a man. While nearly all other public figures, historical and contemporary, are subject to criticism, for some reason, Dr. King has been held completely exempt from public criticism. This is inconsistent.
2. Dr. King's example shows one does not need to be a finished product to serve community, country, or humanity. We are not sent down to earth because we are a finished product, but to take one more critical step towards becoming a finished product. If the Lord could call upon a mere stripling of a 14-year old boy in upstate New York to restore the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, He could call upon even a plagiarist and a tomcat to perform an important mission. Dr. King's example should inspire people not to allow their own limitations to stop them from fulfilling their destinies.
And how important was Dr. King's mission? Upon his death, the impact seemed limited. Enraged blacks put dozens of American cities to the torch, causing millions of dollars in damage. A panicked white establishment rapidly threw affirmative action at the black community to placate them. Soon, Dr. King's name became an icon to be plastered on nearly every immovable object in this country. But the disturbances of the late 60s and early 70s soon subsided. So it could be said that Dr. King may have left just enough of a legacy to prevent black outrage from metastasizing into a full-blown insurrection. Yet black America has yet to take full advantage of the opportunities opened up through Dr. King's legacy; 70% of black kids are illegitimate. And the black ghettoes remain no-go areas for whites. And self-proclaimed Pied Pipers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton continue to lead black America in the wrong direction, backwards towards entitlement instead of forward toward empowerment.
Only history can ultimately judge the effect of Dr. King's mission.