“I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world,” Ali, who some consider the greatest boxer ever, said in the statement. “True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so called Islamic Jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion.”
Ali also asked Muslims to “stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda.”
“I believe that our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam and clarify that these misguided murderers have perverted people’s views on what Islam really is,” he said.
Mohammed Ali was of course responding to Republican leader Donald Trump’s call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. In other words, Trump is essentially pushing a religious test to come to America. Something that clearly violates the constution, but is apparently supported by much of the Republican Party.