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Mohamed Ali seventieth birthday tomorrow.

The Greatest, turns seventy tomorrow.

Not much of a writer I am afraid so I will just reproduce Wikipedia entry:

he declared that he would refuse to serve in the United States Army and publicly considered himself a conscientious objector.

Ali stated that “War is against the teachings of the Holy Qur’an. I’m not trying to dodge the draft. We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger. We don’t take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers.”

Ali famously said in 1966: “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong … They never called me nigger.”

Appearing shortly thereafter for his scheduled induction into the U.S. Armed Forces on April 28, 1967 in Houston, he refused three times to step forward at the call of his name. An officer warned him he was committing a felony punishable by five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Once more, Ali refused to budge when his name was called. As a result, he was arrested and on the same day the New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title. Other boxing commissions followed suit.

At the trial on June 20, 1967, after only 21 minutes of deliberation, the jury found Ali guilty.

He gave up the Heavyweight title, world champion, all that that was worth, millions of dollars in money, fame, prestige, for his beliefs, for his refusal to fight in Vietnam.

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