Boxing great Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74, and social media almost immediately erupted in tributes, remembering the great athlete. Being skilled at a sport apparently negates every character flaw a person has and every horrible thing they’ve done. In death, Ali is no exception to this rule, but as the world mourns the loss of the “legend,” I won’t, and I have 5 reasons you shouldn’t either.
In short, Muhammad Ali may have been a winner in the ring, but the man was a loser. To be more specific, he was a draft-dodging, Christian-hating, racist Black Panther Muslim. Although he was undeniably an amazing boxer, I can’t overlook the rest just because he’s succumbed to death.
As a “religious” leader and an example for others, Ali was an abject failure from very early on. Born as Cassius Clay, Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad bestowed on him the name of Muhammad Ali in 1964. At just 22 years old, Ali converted from Christianity to Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam. His mentor was Malcolm X, who was often accused of preaching racism and violence.
He immediately became a black racist activist and eventually became a minister in the Nation of Islam, speaking to massive crowds at the annual Savior’s Day celebration in Chicago. Ali was just as vocal as Malcolm X in preaching the
beliefs hate promoted by the Nation of Islam, and he played a role in the inspiration of the very existence of the Black Panther Party.
In 1965 the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Lowndes County, Alabama, launched an independent political party and became the first group to use the symbol of a black panther. Their graphic was of a black silhouette of a panther with a slogan straight from the champ: “WE Are the Greatest.” They took his famous phrase, “I am the greatest,” and made it a collective call to arms. In addition, Panther co-founder Huey Newton said that he became politicized by watching Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali give speeches. They inspired him, but left him wanting more… [via The Nation]
In 1967, while Ali was 25-years-old, he married Khalilah Camacho-Ali, who was a minor Muslim girl at the time.
In a 1970 interview for a publication known as The Black Scholar, Ali said, “I was determined to be one n*gger that the white man didn’t get. Go on and join something. If it isn’t the Muslims, at least join the Black Panthers. Join something bad.”
Just 11 years after his initial conversion to Islam, in 1975, he converted again. This time, it was to Sunni Islam, the same Islam of Saudi Arabia. It would be thirty years later before he’d convert yet again. In 2005, Ali converted to Sufism, a very mystical aspect of Islam where you try to perfect yourself on earth by following the exact teachings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad — the same prophet who was a narcissist, pedophile, mass murderer, terrorist, misogynist, lecher, cult leader, madman, rapist, torturer, assassin, and looter.
In short, Ali spent the majority of his life promoting the failed, theocratic, supremacist political system known as Islam, and like all devout Islamists, he hated Christianity and those who follow it. If his Muslim faith, love of Islam, and hate for whites and Christians aren’t enough to turn your stomach, he was also a poor excuse for an American as well, since he was also a draft dodger.
With the United States at war in Vietnam, Ali refused to be inducted into the armed forces, saying, “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong.” He was convicted of draft evasion on June 20, 1967. He was sentenced to five years in prison, fined $10,000, and banned from boxing for three years.
Although he was a heavyweight champion, one of the greatest sporting figures of the 20th century, an Olympic gold medalist, and the first fighter to capture the heavyweight title three times, his outspokenness on issues of race, religion, and politics made him a controversial figure during his career, but all this is seemingly forgotten in death — even though, on his deathbed, he reportedly said he believed he’d be with Allah in paradise. That’s the same Allah that commands jihad and death to the infidel. So, let me ask you this: if an ISIS fighter meets his demise, do we praise him because he was good at throwing punches?