(Warning: This story contains some very shocking content and is for adults' eyes only.)

 

There is a story going all around the media about the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  It started with an article in the Times of London that referenced biographer David Garrow, who describes newly-released FBI memos discussing alleged secret tapes made by bugging Dr. King’s hotel room.  The FBI files allegedly include claims that King had affairs with up to 40 women, engaging in a sex orgy and watched as a pastor friend raped a female parishioner.  

 

A number of publications rejected this story, but it eventually came out, mostly because of Garrow, who won a Pulitizer Prize for his previous biography of King and who, as a “Democratic socialist,” can’t be accused of being hostile to Dr. King. He says this "poses so fundamental a challenge to his historical stature as to require the most complete and extensive historical review possible."

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-tapes-allege-mlk-watched-rape-2019-5

 

As someone who has always been deeply inspired by the actions and words of the Rev. King, I am both very disturbed by these allegations and deeply skeptical.  For one thing, even Garrow hasn’t heard these alleged tapes, which aren’t set for release until 2027.  All he has to go on is FBI memos talking about King and the tapes.  We know that at the time, J. Edgar Hoover and others in the FBI hated and feared Dr. King and were determined to get any dirt on him and use it to blackmail him into ending his civil rights crusade.  A corrupt law enforcement agency that would spy on an American citizen in an attempt to extort him would hardly flinch at lying about him or framing him, or badmouthing him in internal communications they never expected anyone to see (wow, this story suddenly seems awfully relevant to today.) 


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I would urge everyone who hears this story to bear those facts in mind before making any judgements. All this is based on is half-century-old secondhand comments written by notoriously biased people with a big ax to grind.  There is, as yet, zero evidence to back it up.  I’m upset that I even have to write about it, but the lack of evidence didn’t stop major media outlets from turning it into a big story, so I have to comment on it.  

 

Sadly, we live in an age where believing accusations without evidence or due process, even against people from different times who are no longer around to defend themselves, is considered “social justice.”  In this article, a reader makes a thought-provoking argument: even if it does turn out to have some truth to it (a big if), could some good come of this if it is seen as a bridge too far that finally ends the left’s war on historical figures?  Would leftists really demand that we demolish Dr. King's dream and fulfill the dreams of his enemies by renaming all the streets named after him or tearing down his memorial in Washington?  Please read it to the end.

 

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/cached/mlk-metoo.html

 

As the reader notes, maybe this will spell the turning point at which these mobs with torches who are burning history books and smashing statues finally grow up and realize that there are no perfect human beings -- that people with deep flaws can do great things, and that when we commemorate the great things they did, we aren’t glorifying their faults. 

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  • Christian Bartels

    06/05/2019 09:41 PM

    We now live in an age of liberalism that has degraded our morals and legal system. I agree with Mike that we can’t trust stories from the media anymore and must fact check everything we see. Sadly, it seems even the previously honest fact verifying systems are now suspect.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    06/03/2019 08:21 AM

    Knew about the womanizing of King, Jackson, sharpton for decades, yet those of color idolize them...would that they could all be CHRISTIANS and more like, we'll say....Mike Pense! the dems haven't quite thought that one thru...if Trump is gone, they get a DEVOUT CHRISTIAN!

  • Kathleen S Wood

    06/02/2019 07:35 PM

    I was young when news on TV showed angry police using water hoses and vicious dogs on peaceful protesters in the south. This horrified me and started me on a desire to know more about what was happening and why. I listened intently to the speeches of Dr. King which were often featured on the radio. I wanted to accompany the Civil Rights peace marches as they traveled to Washington DC. But my parents said I was too young. In some ways you might say I idolized Dr. King for his stand for rights and freedom against injustice and hatred. His example was always peaceful and as a Pastor he directed all of us to look to the Lord as our strength and advocate. God blessed his mission. He changed history. I will always laud this great man regardless of lies and maligning rumors because God used him. Yes, perhaps he was not perfect. Neither are any of us. But America needs heros. The Reverand Doctor Martin Luther King was a true hero in my mind. I am white. I can't help that any more than if I were black, yellow, red or purple. But Jesus taught us ( and so did MLK) to love one another. We need more righteous, bold, courageous men and women of God to stand against the injustices and hatred of our day like Dr. King, Ruby Bridges, and others have in the past.

  • Richard Ehlers

    06/02/2019 07:28 PM

    Dr. King was made a Saint by an act of congress giving him his own holiday. There is no doubt he did do some good in the quest for equal rights. These new sexual accusations are disturbing, I will follow the news on that. What I had understood in the past was that there was a move afoot to strip him of his doctorate as parts of his doctoral thesis were plagiarized, here is a link with some info on plagiarism on his part (https://www.quora.com/Is-it-true-that-Dr-Martin-Luther-King-Jr-plagiarized-his-doctoral-thesis). It would appear that what we have here is a part time good guy and we have had our attention directed away from a number of moral short-comings.

  • Ginny Lucas

    06/02/2019 05:08 PM

    I grew up in Atlanta GA in a family of concerned, involved and informed people. The people my family were and knew were knowlegeable of the Civil Rights movement dring the late 50's and the 60's. I have always been aware of FBI reports on MLK. Not just concerning rape and sex parties. MLK's ideas may have in general been good if they had applied to all but they were not carried out in ways that were good by any means. It has ended up promoting hatred by blacks towards whites and resentment by whites towards blacks. I'm sure a lot of it comes from feelings and teachings that keep hatred originally felt during bads times going now when times for blacks are really better. Personally I had no slaves, neither did anyone I know so I get upset and keep a little resentment towards blacks that blame me for their ancesters problems. The feelings and problems blacks have now are brought on by their attitudes and actions now, not by their color or heritage. I've gotten a little off track and I apoligize. It just boils down to MLK was not the great man he has become in some people's mind. People "forget" bad things over time. Like I said his original ideas may have been good but have developed and instilled hatred over time. And MLK was not a good person. Don't assume that because the FBI is corrupt now, that it was then, and always has been.

  • Connie Parker

    06/02/2019 05:04 PM

    I see this as another effort to take away our history. It goes something like this:
    He is not who he said he was, therefore you are not who you think you are, come, let us tell you who you really are.
    The assault on history, the assault on gender, identity politics all have the same purpose.

  • Ginny Lucas

    06/02/2019 04:41 PM

    I grew up in Atlanta GA in a family of concerned, involved and informed people. The people my family were and knew were knowlegeable of the Civil Rights movement dring the late 50's and the 60's. I have always been aware of FBI reports on MLK. Not just concerning rape and sex parties. MLK's ideas may have in general been good if they had applied to all but they were not carried out in ways that were good by any means. It has ended up promoting hatred by blacks towards whites and resentment by whites towards blacks. I'm sure a lot of it comes from feelings and teachings that keep hatred originally felt during bads times going now when times for blacks are really better. Personally I had no slaves, neither did anyone I know so I get upset and keep a little resentment towards blacks that blame me for their ancesters problems. The feelings and problems blacks have now are brought on by their attitudes and actions now, not by their color or heritage. I've goten a little off track and I apoligize. It just boils down to MLK was not the great man he has become in some people's mind. People "forget" bads things over time. Like I said his original ideas may have been good but have developed and instilled hatred over time. And MLK was not a good person. Don't assume that because the FBI is corrupt now that is was then and always has been.

  • Dot whitley

    06/02/2019 04:07 PM

    I heard about Mr. king and his sinful life with women way before he died. I didn't know whether it was true or not, since I didn't know the man personally. I wasn't surprised then, and I'm not surprised now. If he was called by God to preach, then he should have been preaching instead of marching, and his life would have been a help for all of us. Preachers are to preach the word, and trust God to give the increase.

    Dot

  • MARGARET CALHOUN HEMENWAY

    06/02/2019 03:17 PM

    Mike, when the federal holiday for King Jr was enacted- Senators voted for it despite the fact that a thick book that the great Senator Jesse Helms put on every Senator's desk, copies of FBI records about King Jr, was HEAVILY REDACTED. What was the Bureau hiding? Didn't our legislators have the RIGHT TO KNOW what the FBI knew, before honoring this man with a fed'l holiday? Reagan was allegedly asked, when signing the bill, if he thought King deserved a holiday-- see below for his comments. Moreover, sealing King's records may have set a bad precedent for Obama getting away with sealing his. Only Trump (God bless him)- had the GUTS to call out Obama & demand a long form birth certificate- which made his poll #s shoot up sharply- to the point he realized he was viable as a GOP candidate (acc. to Forbes magazine). We have "birtherism" to thank for having Trump enter the GOP field! If King Jr is exposed on tape, in a hotel room with a friend who raped a parishioner in his presence- he doesn't deserve a holiday and his statues should be taken down from every public square. We should not honor such debased men. His legacy will live on regardless, but if his character was that reprehensible, he does not deserve to be memorialized. And for pete's sake, King Jr. was a Reverend! Wouldn't you like to see where the MeToo movement stands on King JR?- let the FBI evidence be aired publicly-- most of us believe in transparency & sunshine laws-- and remember when Obama promised the "most transparent" Administration in history? Last, please do not make the illogical assumption that what the FBI was doing in the 50s or 60s (when tracking numerous organizations w/ communist ties as we were in the grip of the Cold War) is comparable to what some FBI officials did during Trump's campaign (i.e. the Strzok, Page, Comey, etc. cabal), when they were hell bent on illegally infiltrating and spying on the Republican candidate's campaign-- salvaging the Democrat candidate by whitewashing her felony misconduct involving her home-brewed server, and then plotting a Plan B to encourage Trump's impeachment, should the spying & surveillance operation not ensure his electoral defeat.

    Reagan sympathized w/ Helms' view (on opening King's records)- but took a political stance on the King holiday & cast his concerns aside about communist ties, etc. (and said an agreement between the gov't and King's family meant the records had to be kept sealed)-- here's an excerpt from a piece on Reagan by Deroy Murdock:
    ***Also, when asked at a press conference if he agreed with then-Senator Jesse Helms’s (R., N.C.) claims that sealed FBI files implicated some of King’s associates as Communists, Reagan said: “We’ll know in about 35 years, won’t we?” Reagan telephoned Mrs. King to apologize for that comment.

  • Bonnie Reynolds

    06/02/2019 02:11 PM

    Mike, We are all flawed individuals, but God can use us to get His message across. I see many including King David and Dr M.L. King Jr., but God loves us ( His children ) so as to have mercy on all. Who are we to change our history?

  • Jan C

    06/02/2019 11:25 AM

    I am afraid you are wrong on this one, Governor. I think you have bought into the revisionist history, this time.

    The affairs of MLK have long been known. His ties to Communism, also suspected at the time. Though everyone has come to know him as a man of peace, concerns at the time were that every time he spoke riots broke out. None of this is new information to some of us. We were just never allowed to speak about it, after a glorification of his life and even deification of the man. And that isn't anymore right, than wrongly slandering someone.

    All in all, it should not detract from the good things he has done, I suppose. But to tell you the truth, I am a bit relieved to see this truth come out. I am sick of the deification of someone I knew to be a flawed man. Even as I am weary of Founder's reputations inappropriately maligned and incorrectly attacked. David Barton has done an excellent job on correcting the lies about Thomas Jefferson. Far too many people still believe the lies, however. This time it's MLK's turn, but in the reverse. It's a shame we idolized and changed the narrative about his life in the first place.

    I do understand God uses flawed men to bring about great work. Because in that we see God at work and not the man. Unfortunately, in King's case, it became all about the man, but the flaw were never realized nor were we ever allowed to speak about them.

  • Diane Beling

    05/31/2019 11:21 PM

    I so agree Gov. Huckabee. Dr King did so much good for our country & should always be remembered & celebrated for that. Not one of us is perfect but with God’s help we can make a difference in this world just as Dr King did. I’ve always thought about how unfortunate it was that he didn’t live to continue his work, teaching all Americans of all races how to live. I believe the black community would have followed a better path & would not have many of the problems they still have today if he had been here longer. God bless you Mike. We need more voices of reason like yours.

  • Modree Smith

    05/31/2019 03:08 PM

    Gov Mike Huckabee, I so appreciate your newsletters; TV program; & especially your daughter, Sarah! I've wondered why President Trump's many Administration assistants can't convince him to quit making remarks about Joe Biden (or anyone else's) low IQ! If he could think about the fact there are many people out there with low IQ's; however, it is cruel (& un-Christian) to remark on that fact! I'm aware that June 2nd is a special day of prayer for President Trump and I'm praying that he can continue to be tough without saying demeaning; juvenile remarks about people (even if those remarks are true)! Appreciation for all you do for our Heavenly Father!

  • Richard Jones

    05/30/2019 12:59 PM

    I saw a suggestion on FB that perhaps we need to start tearing down MLK statues. I think we should tear down the Hoover building and burn all of J. Edgar's dresses.

  • Lynn (Earl) Morgan

    05/30/2019 10:37 AM

    I was down town Memphis not to far from where Dr. King was killed, I was in the 7th grade on a field trip and had to be escorted out of down town. For a long time I hated Dr. King, with a child's mind, as an adult I read about him and changed my mind. I don't know about his private life, in public he spoke for good and did a lot of good. It seems that evil was always close behind, blacks who wanted to destroy all whites, and whites like the kkk and fbi who wanted their on way. It is still a shame that men claiming to be christian or enforcers of justice were destroying the unity of the body and perverting justice to any people. Today the kkk is almost gone, the mindset is still there but under a different name, the fbi has shown it's ugly head again and it needs to be chopped off. I don't know how to fix these thing but the Word dose, and the Church needs to lead the way.

  • Janet Bingham

    05/30/2019 09:46 AM

    This is not news to me. I heard these things back before MLK was killed. It was impossible to know if they were true, but it made me hesitant to believe in his cause if this is who he was behind closed doors. Fake news has been around a long time.

  • Lisa Chambers

    05/30/2019 09:43 AM

    So, why can't a "Democratic Socialist" be hostile to Dr. King? It makes sense that Garrow is trying to take down a Republican leader, especially since Garrow was also Obama's biographer.

  • Riley M. Edwards

    05/30/2019 03:19 AM

    Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Open the tapes today and let Dr. King’s innocence silence the rumors. If it is indeed true that he is a sexual pervert, then his own actions will re-evaluate his legacy.

  • Matthew Nowell

    05/29/2019 09:26 PM

    If we hear credible eyewitness testimony to these allegations, then I'll think about them being truth. Until then, I trust Dr. King about as much as I trust Hoover's FBI; in other words, they are likely BOTH dirty.

  • Charlene Sanders

    05/29/2019 09:10 PM

    I read about this information on the late Dr. King, but that was years ago. It seems also he was suspected of being a communist and was on a watch list along with the notable Helen Keller, who was a known socialist, a fact most people are completely unaware of. I put all this on the shelf and here it surfaces once again. The proof, is as they say, in the pudding. Most of us older Americans will likely have gone to our reward when the evidence is released, leaving the younger generation to poo-poo the information as irrelevant and superfluous. Let us hope our nation has turned the corner toward greater freedom and less tyranny by that time.

  • Joe Analco

    05/29/2019 08:01 PM

    With all these statues being removed I personally feel that an area of government land should be used to display these statues and call it " The Ghosts of History Past." A big plaque displayed in the entryway would explain how political correctness made our country incorrect and allowed the few to try and rewrite history. As sarcastic as this sounds the truth must be told so the majority of the population won't forget.

  • Robert McFate

    05/29/2019 07:39 PM

    Could this just be another leak from the FBI to try and defame someone? That seems to be their mode of op[eration for the last 2 1/2 years!

  • Linda Matthews

    05/29/2019 04:50 PM

    We cannot change nor should we forget/destroy our history BUT we can accept it, and strive to remember the best and learn from all of it...both the good, the bad, and the ugly ...but most importantly....not to make the same mistakes again.

  • Lynda M Nanni

    05/29/2019 04:23 PM

    If memory serves me correctly, some of this came out while Dr. King was active. It was said the FBI had taped him having sex with various women and then playing the tapes for Mrs. King in order to upset her. What would be the benefit of playing such tapes to Mrs. King? I guess just to be low down and nasty!

  • Firewagon

    05/29/2019 03:09 PM

    Not released until 2017? LOL! Not sure I've got another 8 years in me? "A corrupt law enforcement agency that would spy on an American citizen in an attempt to...." Shades of Déjà vu! Being no Rhodes scholar, I would just ask a simple question: Given the 'inaccuracies,' made up even, FACTS(?), proffered by our vaunted FBI, as well as other "intelligence agencies," over the decades, how do "We The Serfs" determine what to believe? Are the tapes untampered with, doctored, missing sections? Are we to believe ANY findings of correctness, incorrectness, of this information from our CURRENT law enforcement agencies?

    I'm far from the brightest bulb in the chain; however, how close to ANARCHY have we drawn by having our belief/faith in our BEST, supposed incorruptible, agencies of EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW proven CORRUPTED? Where's Elliot Ness when he's needed?