Editorial: True legacy of Mohammed Ali

Mohammad Ali was a great boxer.

That’s about it.

When he died at age 74 this month, it was amazing to see how the liberal media deified this person who made his living trying to knock someone into unconsciousness.

Cassius Clay, Jr., a nominative Christian, became Mohammad Ali, a devout Muslim, after he got drafted during the War in Vietnam in 1966. He listed himself as a conscientious objector and refused to be inducted into the armed forces.

Every state repealed his boxing license and he was convicted of draft evasion and his boxing titles were taken from him. In 1971, he won an appeal and the conviction was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

While other brave young men, who were genuine in their Christian faith, fought and died for their country, Ali criticized America for what he considered a racist war.

As a boxer, Ali declared himself the greatest – a title that could be disputed by fans of Joe Lewis (who did fight for his country) and others.

After his boxing career ended, Ali unfortunately was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome and struggled with that for more than three decades. That disease sometimes results from head trauma from activities like boxing.

Muslim radical Malcolm X was a mentor of Ali. A Sunni Muslim, Ali worked to break down the differences between Islam and Christianity. He called Islam a religion of peace and generally ignored radical Islamic terrorism and the attacks on America.

If you like boxing, it’s a sad passing. If you love those who serve in the military and you oppose the Islamic movement, Ali’s death is not the tragedy portrayed by the liberal media.