Sex trafficking is bad. Adultery is bad. Hypocrisy is really, really bad. These are things that even pagans agree upon (generally). As Christians, we can also add a few other things to the “bad” list as it pertains to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Orgies are bad. Homosexuality is bad. Heresy is bad. All of these things typify Martin Luther King Jr.
When a civilized and decent society – especially one with a substantial segment of that society that professes Jesus – beatifies a sex-trafficking adulterer and homosexual, it doesn’t elevate that society to higher plains of decency. Society doesn’t become better by virtue-signaling alone, especially when the virtue being signaled is tied intrinsically to a man with little virtue of his own.
Before we get to Martin Luther King Jr., let us demonstrate the standard of decency that our American society has mutually agreed upon as fair exchange in the Marketplace of Ideas. We have – generally speaking – agreed that men who take advantage of women or who treat women like disposable sexual objects should not be promoted and should not advance in influence.
In this blossoming #metoo movement, which has by and large been a good thing, we are told that “character matters” and that those of low moral character, particularly Presidents, should be doubly scrutinized and held to a higher standard.
As a general rule, we don’t want to be a society that supports, condones, or celebrates scumbags who were engaged in scumbaggery, even if they promote policies we like. Even though most are inconsistent in that rule’s application, we agree with that premise.
The nearly-universal agreement that men who use women as sexual playthings shouldn’t be celebrated, promoted, voted for, hired or promoted (or even employed) is so accepted that two years ago the most recognizable conservative political figure in Alabama lost a “sure-thing” election against a Democrat in a deeply red state in the form of Roy Moore.
President Trump, who has a terrible and viciously sinful track record with how he has treated many women in his life, has been rightly blasted for his indiscretions, with the constant reminder of where and how he grabs women being a daily reminder by some factions who oppose him. In fact, in their mind it alone is sufficient justification to shame him, degrade him and keep the whip at his back every time he is mentioned. Not just his view on women, but the man has some undeniably deep character flaws, even as his policies were almost universally excellent and he ruled as the most conservative President in the last 40 years.
Evangelicals like Russell Moore and the Social Gospel Coalition warriors fought vehemently against Donald Trump for his low character. For years they took potshots at him, recently calling for his impeachment over it. But despite the thunderous refrain that his character disqualifies him from any appreciation and admiration for his policies and the practices he sought to implement and advance, they cannot – with any degree of consistency – celebrate the legacy of a man whose utter depravity makes Donald Trump look like a choir boy.
The ability to celebrate Martin Luther King in the age of the Weinstein Effect is gross negligence. It’s only the product of inconsistency. And, that inconsistency is inexcusable.
Although it has been very, very common knowledge (for a very, very long time) that Martin Luther King Jr. had no more personal integrity than Reverends Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, he has been venerated by American civil society, the evidence regarding King’s gross sexual sins entered into official government documentation when the “JFK Files” were released a few years ago.
As a part of that civil society, evangelicals have happily jumped on the bandwagon celebrating MLK. We wrote about this in the post, It’s Time to Stop Beatifying Martin Luther King, Jr. We wrote then:
President Donald Trump ordered the release of documents relating to President John F. Kennedy from the National Archives, and those documents contain a dossier on King. What they reveal, according to Fox News and other sources, is that King had multiple extramarital affairs, likely sired an out-of-wedlock child with his mistress, and had a penchant for orgies. Please note that these have all been common knowledge about King, but these documents provide hard evidence of the claims.
The Washington Examiner claims that a 20-page document details a “two-day drunken sex orgy in Washington D.C.” attended by King, in which he took part in the festivities. The primary source document may be read here. The document reveals that the orgy contained both heterosexual and homosexual behavior (it’s long been known that King engaged in bi-sexual behavior). Claims that this document is an attempt by J. Edgar Hoover to slander King are entirely foolish, considering that this was an internal report that was sealed from the public.
The document also details MLK’s communist sentiments, quoting a “Gus Hall,” who was the General Secretary of CPUSA (the Communist Party), as saying, “King is a whole-hearted Marxist who has studied it, believes in it, and agrees with it, but because of his being a minister of religion, does not dare to espouse it publicly.”
Furthermore, the document cites attendees at several of his events who testify to “behind the scenes drinking, fornication, and homosexuality that went on at the conference,” and provided testimony of prostitutes being brought in for King and his associates. Along with this the document also reveals that King was carrying ongoing affairs with at least three women, including a prominent folk singer. The document states, “It is a fact that King not only regularly indulges in adulterous acts but enjoys the abnormal by engaging in group sex orgies.”
It’s not really conspiracy at this point. There is documentation. There is evidence. These are not new allegations, these are only newly proven allegations. They’ve been known about and reported upon for a long time. They substantiate the testimonies of the people surrounding King (who were a part of his movement for racial equality), who testified to his behavior. Anyone who is an expert on MLK, a historian of any sorts, knows that Martin Luther King’s personal life was rife with sexual escapades that involved many women, including prostitutes (we call that “sex trafficking” today), and even men.
There’s another issue for Christians that may not be controversial for pagans and it’s this; King was a heretic. There’s no doubt about this. He denied the Virgin Birth, denied Scriptural inerrancy, had very troublesome views of the atonement, and was by all accounts a theological liberal. This can be easily researched by yourself, but here’s a paper from King denying the Virgin Birth and called the Resurrection “historically and philosophically untenable.” From start to finish, King denied the fundamentals of Christianity, practicing a liberation and social-gospel theology. As the Christian Research Institute notes:
In 1985, Coretta Scott King asked Stanford professor Clayborne Carson to become the head of The King Papers Project, tasked to publish fourteen volumes of King’s papers to preserve his work. The papers’ dates range from 1948 to 1963. Around 1996, Mrs. King gave Carson a box with papers that affirmed King’s doubts about whether the Bible was literally true: “King didn’t believe the story of Jonah being swallowed by a whale was true, for example, or that John the Baptist actually met Jesus, according to texts detailed in the King papers book. King once referred to the Bible as ‘mythological’ and also doubted whether Jesus was born to a virgin, Carson said.”
On top of all of this, King’s dissertation was doused with healthy doses of plagiarism, this according to the New York Times.
So then, other than virtue-signaling one’s lack of racism (an overly-simplistic and sophomoric idea of, “If I celebrate MLK, I’m not racist”), why would a pagan who affirms our common cultural belief that those who use women as sexual objects or abuse their positions of authority for sexual treats then celebrate MLK? How could one who thinks Donald Trump is bad then celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.? Furthermore, how could a Christian who affirms Biblical teaching celebrate one who taught contrary to it and lived contrary to it?
Now, the answer might be, “In spite of his flaws, King promoted good ideas like equality, justice, and racial harmony.” Yes, and the President promoted ideas like religious freedom, peace in the Middle East, supported legislation to end late-term abortions, created an Economic boom that lifted millions out of poverty, reinstated and expanded the Mexico City policy, stopped the federal funding of fetal tissue research, and was the first American President to attend March for Life.
You can appreciate what one has done in one area without celebrating them in a teary-eyed near-deification ceremony. You can appreciate a person for a good deed while being circumspect about their gross moral failings. You can praise the way the Lord used a crooked stick to draw a straight line without celebrating that crooked stick. And not only celebrating that crooked stick, but insisting it’s actually a straight, smooth bar of gold whose faults and impurities must never be acknowledged.
You can’t have it both ways. If you can’t celebrate President Trump, you can’t celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.
Perhaps we need to have a far more grounded view of both. Be consistent, or be sub-intellectual. It’s your choice.
Editor’s note. A portion of this article was republished from a post a few years ago.
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