The Martin Luther King Quote That Never Existed

You know that Martin Luther King Jr. quote you’ve been seeing every where after Osama Bin Laden’s death? “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy?” Well, turns out he never said it.
From The Atlantic: “…it’s a bit too a propos. What “thousands” would King have been talking about? In which enemy’s death was he supposed to be rejoicing?

A quick google search turns up lots of tweets, all of them from today. Searching Martin Luther King Jr. quote pages for the word “enemy” does not turn up this quote, only things that probably wouldn’t go over nearly so well, like “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.” I’m pretty sure that this quote, too, is fake.” posted on

The Martin Luther King Quote That Never Existed

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From The Atlantic: “…it’s a bit too a propos. What “thousands” would King have been talking about? In which enemy’s death was he supposed to be rejoicing?

A quick google search turns up lots of tweets, all of them from today. Searching Martin Luther King Jr. quote pages for the word “enemy” does not turn up this quote, only things that probably wouldn’t go over nearly so well, like “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.” I’m pretty sure that this quote, too, is fake.”

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