Saturday, June 28, 2008

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee

In 1967 there was a war between (suprise, suprise) America and Vietnam, a.k.a the Vietnam War. And obviously during this war, many people, or should i say many men, were being drafted and forced to enlist in the Army.

Among those many men was Muhammad Ali, the boxer and Heavyweight champion.

The only difference between those that were being drafted and Muhammad Ali was that Ali refused to take any part in this war. His refusal reason: "War is against the teachings of the Holy Qur'an(the holy book of Islam). I'm not trying to dodge the draft. [And] I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong" . And for this reason he was accused of draft evasion, he was confined , his boxing license was revoked, and he lost his title as world championship.

Ali fought the courts for four years and on June 28, 1971(exactly 37 years ago): The Supreme Court overturned the conviction of boxer Muhammad Ali for draft evasion, finding that his refusal to fight in Vietnam is based on the religious principles of Islam.(http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/onthisday.aspx)

On a side note: I wonder if this would still hold today--to avoid the draft in a war because of your religious beliefs.

4 comments:

Artistic Logic said...

whoa, i knew that he was imprisoned for not joining the war, but i never knew how they decided his case... thats REALLY interesting
good post

Snake Charmer said...

This is really good. We have the right to be Conscientious Objector if we were ever to be drafted that was how the court found Muhammad Ali as innocent, but it is a hassle and you will get jailed. That was why so many people left America and snuck up to Canada to avoid being drafted or jailed

controlled chaos said...

huh...

whitefawn87 said...

that was a really good post. I never realized that was why muhammad ali's case got overturned. Like you said, maybe one day, people will realize that religion does not stimulate warfare, in fact it's the last case scenario, and most of the time, it can and SHOULD be avoided.