Talk:Martin Luther King

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Too bad this page is protected. There's nothing here about his extramarital affairs, his plagiarism, or his support for socialism. AppliedFaith 04:24, 15 April 2007 (EDT)

Oh good God in Heaven, are you trying to discredit Martin Luther King Jr.? The man is an American ICON. Thats like trying to discredit JFK or Lincoln. I think every city has a street named after MLK.--Elamdri 04:25, 15 April 2007 (EDT)
He's an icon for liberals and Negroes, not for all Americans. AppliedFaith 04:37, 15 April 2007 (EDT)
Well, if you wanna hate the man according to your twisted beliefs, be my guest. Btw, since when is Socialism a vice?--Elamdri 04:39, 15 April 2007 (EDT)
I never said I hated him. There's a big gap between "He's not my icon" and "I hate him". And if you don't know what's bad about socialism, you're at the wrong website. Even liberal Wikipedia allows criticism of MLK in their article, it's pretty ironic that a conservative encyclopedia just tells what a great guy he was and then locks the page. AppliedFaith 04:50, 15 April 2007 (EDT)
I asked since when was socialism a vice? It may not work well, but that doesn't make it bad. I think that if you wanna add that stuff, you have a right to do so. I'm just stating that I don't think that his human errors will affect my feelings about those things that he did positive for this country.--Elamdri 04:52, 15 April 2007 (EDT)
Gee, thanks for giving me your permission. Unfortunately the page is still locked. AppliedFaith 04:56, 15 April 2007 (EDT)
I'm not giving permission. I'm expressing beliefs. If you wanna edit it, you'll have to petition Andy.--Elamdri 05:03, 15 April 2007 (EDT)

Give me a break. MountainDew 04:43, 15 April 2007 (EDT)

This is what scares me about history. A man is subject to be picked apart for every action he takes, despite the fact we are just humans at the end of the day.--Elamdri 04:45, 15 April 2007 (EDT)

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Reason for editing

I'm new to CP, but WP also gives a reason why the article is locked. What's the reason here? --Ephilei 11:12, 3 May 2007 (EDT)

It was linked to the front page (which always makes an article a target) according to the edit history. Further back in the edit history is another reason why pages get protected, but don't look if you're easily offended. Or even not-so easily... :( Totnesmartin 15:07, 16 May 2007 (EDT)

Need to add default sort

Please add the following {{DEFAULTSORT:King, Martin Luther}} to the article, right before the categories...it is protected. Thanks. HeartOfGoldtalk 02:29, 20 May 2007 (EDT)

Communist ties

Martin Luther King is known to have had ties and funds by the Communists. Thiudareiks 18:23, 25 January 2008 (EST)

This and the below are insane allegations. Do you have any proof?-MexMax 18:27, 25 January 2008 (EST)
There read once of records by the FBI, a picture of him attending a communist conference in Georgia. I'll be looking for some references, will come back soon. Thiudareiks 18:57, 25 January 2008 (EST)

Plagiarism

I read somewhere on the internet about a study proving that he plagiarized his doctoral thesis and even his I have a dream speech. I advise further investigations. Thiudareiks 18:23, 25 January 2008 (EST)

Five years later, I agree that we should investigate. For academic work that ears a degree, there is a higher standard. It is plagiarism if you fail to cite a source and rather offer someone else's ideas or research as your own. When giving a speech, it is no offense to omit mention of your influences. --Ed Poor Talk 09:29, 22 September 2013 (EDT)

Questionable Line

"This suspicion of Dr. King was ironic, as he was a well-known Republican, who opposed the death tax and rights for homosexuals."

Does that make sense at all to anybody? How is it ironic that he was kept tabs on by the FBI because he was a Republican? Does that imply that Republicans who oppose the death tax and rights for homosexuals automatically cannot be suspected of any crime? Though MLK Jr. was an amazing man and an American hero, at the time he was considered dangerous by the FBI for causing political upset--before his time, equal rights for blacks were virtually unheard of. So how does that line above make sense at all? I see it as a relic of Conservative self-importance, probably written by the kind of person who makes me ashamed of my party. -Ilikecake 20:25, 14 November 2008 (EST)

Changed to well-known Conservative. I will note that Democrats have nothing to refute that he was Republican. --Jpatt 01:09, 3 January 2009 (EST)
he was neither a Republican nor a conservative.Indeed he is the #1 liberal of the past 50 years, so I changed that. RJJensen 06:34, 3 January 2009 (EST)
Name his liberal attributes. --Jpatt 11:03, 3 January 2009 (EST)
He preached a message of universal equality, one that, according to his wife, included homosexuals. --SirCalibur 15:11, 7 January 2011 (EST)

I'd like to see the entire article rewritten. He is the most famous black Christian in the world. We'd like our readers to understand his religious and social views. Labeling him a "conservative" may do our readers a disservice.

Rev. Moon said that King was the 20th century American he admired most. I'd like to bring out King's admirable qualities, therefore, but we should not shirk our duty to reveal his feet of clay. "All have sinned, all have fallen short ... " (Romans 3:23) Our readers can learn a lot about how to lead their lives by studying the biography of a great man like Martin Luther King: emulate his good qualities, avoid his mistakes. --Ed Poor Talk 06:46, 3 January 2009 (EST)

King after his death became the foremost icon of American liberalism. His name is repeatedly mentioned in liberal Democratic circles (and rarely in conservative Republican circles). The Hamby book (Hamby is a leading conservative historian) explains his roles. RJJensen 05:42, 4 January 2009 (EST)

gun owner

Please announce that Martin Luther King opposed gun control: http://second-amendment-patriots.com/2013/02/22/martin-luther-king-jr-gun-control-enslaves-people-much-watch-documentary/ --JoeyJ 09:03, 2 July 2013 (EDT)

Extravagant praise

Cut from intro:

King's life was filled with Jesus from his birth to his death. Everything he did to promote justice was never out of step with Christian beliefs.

Is this a quote? Or is it a summary of something expressed in more detail after the intro? --Ed Poor Talk 12:48, 30 August 2013 (EDT)

It sounds like an opinion. --JohnJustice 22:18, 19 September 2013 (EDT)
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