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Mohammed Ali and PEACE

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Submitted by Jason (United States), Mar 10, 2006 at 14:22

I have to preface this by saying that Mohammed Ali was one of the greatest boxers in the history of the sport. He also behaved like a true gentleman toward everyone around him, irrespective of their religion.

HOWEVER, his was a professional participant in the most violent sport in modern history: boxing. A sport that is probably second only to the Gladitorial Games of ancient Rome in violence as a sport. I might add that both boxing and The Games are both little more than controlled forms of warfare.

Pardon me if I seem a little skeptical of Mohammed Ali's claim that he wasn't dodging the draft , but was acting as a concientious objector. I have a number of Quaker aquaintances, true pacificts, and they would never participate in something as violent as boxing.

Just some food for thought.
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