KING, Martin Luther


King soll vom Papst zum Märtyrer erklärt werden
Das schlagen die katholischen Bischöfe der USA vor. Der Vatikan will im Mai eine Auswahl für eine Liste der Märtyrer des christlichen Glaubens im 20. Jahrhundert veröffentlichen.
("Boston Globe" und deutsche Zeitungen, 19.1.2000)

Großes Vorbild für Hillary Clinton
Großes Vorbild. Vor einem Portrait von Martin Luther King Jr. spricht US-First Lady Hillary Clinton über den amerikanischen Bürgerrechtler. Hillary will bei den nächsten Wahlen selbst als Politikerin in den US-Senat einziehen.
(15 Uhr Aktuell München, Nr. 11, 18.1.2000, S. 9)

Ralph Abernathy bezichtigt King sexueller Ausschweifungen
Ralph David Abernathy, einst engster Freund und Berater Martin Luther Kings, berichtete in seinen Memoiren "And The Walls Came Tumbling Down" (Und die Mauern stürzten ein), wie zuvor andere Biographen Kings, über dessen Ehebruch-Affären. In einer Nacht im Jahre 1968 soll King nacheinander mit zwei verschiedenen Frauen das Schlafzimmer geteilt und sich dann mit einer dritten handgreiflich gestritten haben. Keine davon sei seine Ehefrau gewesen. Am Morgen darauf, am 4. April 1968, wurde der 38jährige Friedensnobelpreisträger in Memphis (Tennessee) erschossen. Über Abernathy selbst hieß es in den Zeitungen, daß er in den 50er Jahren eine Affäre mit einer 15jährigen gehabt haben soll.
(Agenturbericht in den Dolomiten, Bozen, 8.11.1989, Jutta Krug)

Wir verfügen über keinerlei Anhaltspunkte, daß King die Zeit zwischen seinen sexuellen Eskapaden und seiner Ermordung zu Reue und Buße genutzt hat, und würden es gelinde gesagt als sehr vermessen bezeichnen, wenn der Papst einen solchen Menschen zu himmlischen Ehren erheben würde.

L´assassinio del pastore negro Luther King
Ore drammatiche negli Stati uniti. "Il cuore dell´america sanguina" ha detto Johnson nel messaggio rivolto alla nazione - lunedì il Presidente parlerà al Congresso per accelerare i programmi di integrazione razziale - Gravi episodi di violenza a Nueva york, a Washington, in Florida e nel Mississippi. - Saccheggi e incendi nella capitale. - Una nuova Dallas.
(Corriere della Sera, Milano, 6 Aprile 1968)

Hon. John M. Ashbrook: King: Man of peace or apostle of violence?
Edgar Hoover called Rev. King "the most notorious liar in the country"
Extension of remarks of Hon. John M. Ashbrook of Ohio in the House of Representatives.

King is a national figure, this cannot be denied. He is one of the only men who can go from jail cell to a conference with the President of the United States. His name is known; his cause is said to be civil rights. For one reason or another, however, very little is known about the real Martin Luther king. I believe that if his true character were known, he would not be able to command a corporal´s guard to follow him.

While preaching nonviolence, I believe the record clearly shows him to be an apostle of violence. While gaining major support from clergymen, I believe he has preached an expedient, totally materialistic line which is the antithesis of religious teachings. He has openly associated with the most radical elements in our society. I believe he has done more for the Communist Party than any other person of this decade.

These may sound like strong words, Mr. Speaker, but the facts are even harsher. I have heard Reverend King speak. On one occasion he may have a soulful melancholy that is, without doubt, most impressive. On another, he can rant with the best of the demagogs, and while more sophisticated than Stokley Carmichael or Rap Brown, he says, in effect, the same thing. ...

Take the year 1967 alone. At a time when Detroit and Newark had just witnessed a virtual guerrilla war and a chaotic lawlessness without equal in modern times, King was urging a massive dislocation of northern cities. Instead of intervening as a moderate influence he took up the cause of the rabble-rousers and threatened these dislocations which, he averred, would force the Congress to provide financial assistance for slum Negroes. Yes, he would force us. Force us in this free society. Force is a word he understands well. He added:

This is something like a last plea to the nation to respond to nonviolence. There is a great deal of bitterness (in the slums). If there is not provided a channel of constructive action, this bitterness will lead to desperation riots and social disruption.

The convention, the National Conference für New Politics -NCNP- heard chantings of "Kill Whitey, Kill Whitey" ... King has consistently worked with communists and has helped give them a respectability they do not deserve.

Reverend King is the hero of many militant Negro leaders although denounced by others in the black power structure. He has allied with Cassius Clay. When you study his speeches closely you are struck by the obvious fact that while ostensibly condemning racism, he himself preaches a black racism. ...

One of the leading black racists in the country is Rev. Albert C. Cleage, Jr. ... he noted:

Dr. King led black people to understand that integration could never come to pass. He helped black men understand that "the man" is an enemy.

In his flagrant disregard for law and order, Reverend King has given credibility to one of the most dangerous dogmas that can be promoted in an orderly society. He simply arrogates to his own inspiration the whim to disobey any law which he loosely terms unjust. Court orders, State, and Federal laws, municipal ordinances - they must all fall in front of his suposition that he has a divine right to break the law. His conduct is clearly criminal in thir regard and certainly has helped develop the idea among rioters and looters that they can obey their own concepts of good and bad laws and act accordingly.

Like most power-hungry tyrants, he has gone one step too far. In disobeying a court order, he was sentenced to jail... Said the Supreme Court ...affirming his jail sentence on June 12, 1967:

This Court cannot hold that the petitioners werde constitutionally free to ignore all the procedures of the law and carry their battle to the streets. One may syympathize with the petitioners´ impatient commitment to their cause. But respect for judicial process is a small price to pay for the civilizing hand of law, which alone can give abiding meaning to constitutional freedom. ...

(King´s Vietnam speech:) Even the ultraliberal Washington Post could not stomach King´s blatant lies and propaganda. In an editorial entitled "A Tragedy" they roundly condemned King ...

I now present in detail some of the background of Martin Luther King:


On May 4, 1963, police dogs and firehoses were used to quell a demonstration by lawbreakers in Birmingham. There had been violence plain and simple. Martin Luther King and his righthand man, Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, threatened that these demonstrations would continue until there were not only promises of an end to segregation but "action". ...

The day following action by police dogs and firehoses, the New york Times reported that residents of Birmingham herad from the lips of King, the man who preached peace in the streets but led the lawless bands:

Today was D-Day. Tomorrow will be double D-Day.

One seldom hears Martin Luther King´s name without the "nonviolent" slogans coming in successive breaths. But quite often the nonviolence of King leads to violence of riot proportions. The big lie technique is clearly used. Repeat "nonviolence" over and over so the public will believe it and then practice violence or the encouraging of violence.

Violence accompanied King during his early days in Birmingham. It was present during the death of a fellow pastor at, of all places, a Baptist convention. It was with him in Albany, Ga. It returned with him to Birmingham and Albany. It followed him to St. Augustine, and they were together in Chicago. It is not an exaggeration to say he leaves a trail of violence in his wake.

In addition to the physical presence of Martin Luther King in flammable cities, there is the presence of King´s words and ideas in every tension area across the United States. The power of Dr. King to promote violence was recognized early...

On many occasions, like Chicago in 1966, he goes to the scene of violence and instead of trying to settle troubled waters, he adds to the riot-producing tension.

His philosophy and purpose as outlined in his book, "Why We Can´t Wait" ... He stated:

The purpose of our direct-action program is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiations.... Actually, we who engage in non-violent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bringt to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bringt it out in the open, whre it van be seen and dealt with.

Louis Waldman, a leading Negro labor lawyer in Chicago, answered King´s statement this way:

The philosophy and purpose of Dr. King´s program ... is to produce "crisis-packed" situations and "tension". Such a purpose is the very opposite of nonviolence, for the atmosphere-of-crisis policy leads to violence by provoking violence. And the provocation of violence is violence. To describe such provocation as "nonviolent" is to trifle with the plain meaning of words.

The perpetual crisis technique has been used by the Communist movement throughout the world, both communist governments and parties follow it... It was used by Hitler in Germany...

Whether Dr. King knows it or not, or wills it or not, the policy of perpetual crisis, of provoking "tensions" as he calls it, and of civil disobedience, are disastrous to the Negro people themselves, to civil liberties and to constitutional government. ...

This is a damning indictment from a man who praises nonviolent approaches to problems of civil rights, and it comes not from a racist, but from a Negro who has been a champion of civil rights for decades.

Most Americans call the bloodshed, looting, fire bombing, and vandalism by its true name, violence, and to argue that these results of the King-led, -organized, and -backed marches, demonstrations, sit-ins, lie-ins, and the like are the fault of those who react against them is to argue not only against logic but also the law. ...



Dr. King defines unjust laws as "those in which people are required to obey a code that they had no part in making because they were denied the right to vote."

When pinned down about communities whre Negroes have the right to vote, and asked whether there was still the "right" to disobey, King expanded his code for lawlessness even more:

There may be a community where Negroes have the right to vote, but there are still unjust laws in that community. There may be unjust laws in a community where people in large numbers are voting, and I think wherever unjust laws exist people have a right to disobey these laws.

Here King jumped from Negroes to all people and from people without voting privileges to even those who do have the constitutional methods of change open to them. To him, the majority might always be wrong, the minority always right. Acceptance and promotion of this philosophy can only lead to the disintegration of American society. From it follows the chaotic situation where any one who believes, or even feels, that a law is unjust merely disobeys. The denial of freedom to the majority of Americans who obey the law is proportional to the number of persons who set themselves up as final judge and then disobey. While professing Christianity and humility, King strikes a harder blow at fundamental concepts of justice than any would-be dictator or other demagog in contemporary American history.


(1963) ... he said he feared violence and warned again that if the civil rights bill did not pass it "may lead to a night of darkness and violence".

I personally heard his threats at Howard University in 1964 during the time when congress was debating the civil rights program, and I can assure you that he spoke not as a man of peace but as a man of violence.

The New York Times of July 16, 1962, stated that Reverend King "threatened a new drive for Negro rights" in Albany, Ga. Ten days later, leader King, according to the Times, set a day of penance following a night of rioting during which Negroes were arrested as they marched on city hall, hooting, laughing, and throwing bottles, bricks and rocks at law officials. August 11, the police chief of Albany testified that the situation had been under control until King returned to the city to be tried for an illegal demonstration.

Another example of the "nonviolent direct-action" programs of Dr. King was exposed in July 1966 in the syndicated column by respected columnists, Robert Allen and Paul Scott. Their exposé reported that King and company were contacting, and enlisting, Chicago street gangs and "bringing them into the civil rights movement to fight the ,power structure´.

From a report said to be circulating through the U.S. Department of Justice, the columnists quoted these statements: King´s lieutenants telling gang leaders that "the real foes are Mayor Daley, policemen, slumlords, bankers, businessnem, and school administrators"; or "haranguing that this is an "unjust society"; and that "the gang members are being incited to violence instead of being taught nonviolence"; that "gang leaders have little or no understanding of civil rights, but do know how to use force." King, they said, ha personally met several times with gang leaders who have a combined following of 1,000. ...

The Chicago riots of July 1966 deserve elaboration. Here is a selected sequence of events: The July 12 riot broke out just two days after King´s mass civil rights rally. ...

On July 14 the New York Times reported that the near West Side was tense after a police car was stoned by more than 100 Negro youths. Martin Luther King attributed the disturbance to the Mayor´s refusal to make concessions to his civil rights program. This is his typical style. Rarely has Reverend King chastized looters, arsonists, and conspirators for violence. He always justifies their actions and, directly or indirectly, encourages them. ...

During the weekend of 16th, 17th, and 18th, Governor Kerner called out the National Guard when police could not control rioting that in 3 nights included burning, looting, two deaths, 100 injuries, 300 arrests, and extensice property damage. ...


Some of the greatest condemnation of Martin Luther King has come from men of the church.

In 1964, delegates to the American Council of Christian Churches passed a resolution, "noting with regret that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, had been represented before the world as a peace-loving Christian minister crusading in the interest of Negro life." ...

Perhaps one of the strongest statements from a fellow clergymen came in april of this year. The blunt, descriptive attack on King came from Rev. Henry Mitchell, leader of a group of West Side chicago ministers. Here is the account as reported by the Chicago Tribune:

The leader of a group of west side Negro ministers declared yesterday that Dr. Martin Luther King should "get the hell out of here" because gis civil rights marching in Chicago last summer (1966) "created hate". ... He said the ministers represented the sentiments of 50,000 Chicago Negroes who want "peace, love, and harmony," don´t approve of civil rights marches, and "just want to live in their communities and upgrade them."

In his constant preaching that the ends justify the means, King is not speaking in the Judeo-christian heritage belief. This is a crass materialism and Marxism. It is expediency not principle. It is frightening to contemplate the many leading clergymen that consciously join his cause or acquiesce by their silence. Even worse, he is being currently depicted as a modern Christian hero by a Catholic catechism series.


A UPI release of October 10, 1965, reported a meeting which King had with U.N. ambassador Arthur Goldberg concerning the war in Vietnam. The release stated that "King was accompanied to the meeting by Bayard Rustin, his special consultant", and others.

On February 10, 1966, Director Hoover of the FBI had this to say about Rustin:

At the University of Maryland last year, at a law enforcement institute held for police officers of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., the university invited Bayard Rustin to be one of the speakers. Bayard Rustin was convicted for sodomy, a violation of the Selectice Service Art and was an admitted member of the Young Communist League.

Rev. James L. Bevel, one of King´s assistants in the southern Christian Leadership Conference, ... has joined as coplaintiff with the DuBois Clubs in their suit to restrain the Subversive Activities Control Board from holding hearings on the DCA ... FBI-director Hoover has publicly stated that the W.E.B. DuBois Clubs were started by the Communist Party U.S.A. as a youth front.

Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth has been a close associate of King..., has been associated with a number of cited Communist fronts. ...

Reverend Wyatt T. Walker, another of King´s associates, also has several Communist fronts listed in his name. ...

(Hunter Pitts O´Dell ... district organizer for the Communist Party in New Orleans)


... More and more, King has been branching out from civil rights into the field of foreign affairs. More and more he parrots the far left, pro-Communist line.

If there was any doubt, the April 4 speech washed it away. In this speech, King lashed out at the United States, called our Nation "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today", charged the Nation with "cruel manipulation of the poor" and, as if written by the Daily Worker, said the U.S. troops "may have killed a million South Vietnamese civilians - mostly children." ... King´s Riverside speech is a hideous perversion of fact, a perversion nearly without limits. He said that Americans "poison the water" of the South Vietnamese... To this array of absurdities he added:

We test out our latest weapons on them, just as the Germans tested out new medicine and new tortures in the concentration camps of Europe.


In November 1964, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover called Reverend King "the most notorious liar in the country". ...

Why has he been immune for so many years ... ?

The press has repeatedly referred to Reverend King as a moderate. He is not. While he is not telling Negroes to arm themselves with guns or to "burn, baby, burn" like the Rap Browns and Stokely Carmichaels, he is, in a sophisticated way, agitating for the same thing. ... He says that upsetting a city without destroying it can be more effective than a riot, whatever that means. This is the enigma of Martin Luther King. He preaches nonviolence but somehow this can end up in illegal or violent actions. Then he says he is not responsible, although he himself has often participated in illegal acts.

He hast thrust himself into community after community where even the Negro leaders have asked him to stay away.... Rev. Henry Mitchell ... charged that King "created hate". ... King ... promoted a boycott of a local diary. He also said the firm must advertise in Negro nespapers and put money in Negro savings and loan associations to avoid a Negro boycott . all in all, this is the blackmail tactic of a would-be dictator and power-hungry demagog, not a responsible leader. ... He has arrogated to himself the right to pick and choose the laws he will obey. ... In an age where our country needs statesmen and builders, he has been a demagog and wrecker. ...

(Hon. John. M. Ashbrook of Ohio in the House of Representatives, United States of America, Congressional Record, Proceedings and debates of the 90th congress, first session, Vol. 113, Washington, Wednesday, October 4, 1967, No. 158)


Zweifellos hat Martin Luther King Positives für die Schwarzen geleistet, die in den USA unterdrückt wurden und werden und von denen viele arm in Slums lebten und leben. Aber ist er würdig genug, um vom Vatikan quasi einen Heiligenschein zu erhalten? Die hier vorgelegten Berichte sollen zur Differenzierung anleiten. Hüten wir uns, die Lobhudelei vieler Medien kenntnis- und gedankenlos zu übernehmen.

Wir selbst sind völlig solidarisch mit den Anliegen aller unterdrückten Völker und ethnischen Minderheiten, natürlich auch der Schwarzen, um von den Indianern ganz zu schweigen, denen ihr Land geraubt und noch immer nicht zurückgegeben wurde. Aber wir hätten - nach Durchsicht der Dokumente - den schwarzen Amerikanern einen ehrlicheren und würdigeren Führer als Martin Luther King gewünscht. Es gab und gibt solche. Als Bewunderer Gandhis verwahren wir uns dagegen, daß Martin Luther King oft in einem Atemzug mit dem großen Inder genannt wird. In Wirklichkeit hat er dessen Slogan der "nonviolence" zwar imitiert, aber wohl auch mißbraucht, jedenfalls der Rede des Kongreßabgeordneten Ashbrook zufolge. Gandhi besiegte sich selbst, erhob das indische Volk zu wahrer sittlicher Größe. King mangelte es an dieser ethischen Komponente.

Martin Luther King .... at Communist Training School
The (above) picture was made by an employee of the State of Georgia, at the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee during the Labor Day week-end of 1957. The Highlander Folk School was abolished by an act of the Legislature of the State of Tennessee at a later date because it was charged with being a subversive organization. (Those numbered in the picture) are:
1. Martin Luther King, Jr., of the Montgomery boycott and the Birmingham riots. Karl Prussion, a counterspy for the FBI for twenty-two years, charges that Martin Luther King belongs to sixty Communist-front organizations - more than any Communist in the United States. He is promoted and encouraged by the Kennedys.
2. Abner W. Berry of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.
3. Aubrey Williams, President of the Southern Conference Education Fund, Ins., The Transmission Belt in the South for the Communist Party.
4. Myles Horton, Director of Highlander Folk School für Communist Training, Monteagle, Tennessee.
(The Augusta Courier, July 8, 1963, Augusta, Georgia)

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