Although many portray Martin Luther King Jr. as an exemplary religious leader, the reality is quite the opposite.
That Martin Luther King (MLK) had communist sympathies, has been well known. However less known were his extramarital love affairs with women. There have been at least four, including one with Joan Baez.
In his 1989 autobiography ‘And the Walls Came Tumbling Down’, Ralph Abernathy stated that King had a “weakness for women”, although they “all understood and believed in the biblical prohibition against sex outside of marriage. It was just that he had a particularly difficult time with that temptation.” There have also been serious allegations that the night before he was killed, Martin Luther King had been involved in a sexual affair.
All this being said, it is not our intention to finger point the shortcomings over others, since we all suffer from concupiscence. But it is important to understand that we need to take saints as examples, not sinners. That some depict King (who was a Baptist minister and not even a Catholic) as a saint with a halo, is absolutely scandalous and demonstrates very poor judgment.
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