MLK, Jr believed homosexuals could –and should– change
CNN Belief Blog reports that Martin Luther King, Jr believed that homosexuals could –and should– change. A snapshot in time recorded King’s advice to a boy who wrote to him about his homosexual feelings.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was writing an advice column in 1958 for Ebony magazine when he received an unusual letter.
“I am a boy,” an anonymous writer told King. “But I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don’t want my parents to know about me. What can I do?”
In calm, pastoral tones, King told the boy that his problem wasn’t uncommon, but required “careful attention.”
“The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired,” King wrote. “You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.”
If Dr. King were alive today, he would be persecuted for these beliefs by liberal white organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center, who claim that changing from homosexuality is “destructive”.
King’s own daughter has openly taken a strong stance against gay activism. In 2005, the Rev. Bernice King led a march to her father’s grave, asking for a constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Bernice, who once attended Bishop Eddie Long’s church, announced that she would begin her own ministry after a homosexual scandal developed in Long’s congregation.
“I’m going to launch a ministry. I’m not calling it a church right now,” she said during an interview with Atlanta radio station Praise 102.5 last year. “What God is showing me doesn’t look like what people are accustomed to.”
At a conference in New Zealand, Bernice spoke about her father’s position on homosexuality saying, “I know deep down in my sanctified soul that he did not take a bullet for same-sex unions.”