Brothers, sisters, and friends..
America always clame to be the best but they are not.. they always fool their own people and the world by saying that they give Human rights to every one, so people could shut their mouth and dont speak against any thing that happens inside usa and outside.. they say that we are free in american society but the truth is that we are slave to them and their man made systems..

For over 60 games, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, the Denver Nuggets star point guard, avoided standing while the national anthem played. Only when fans began asking on radio talk shows about his conduct did the 27-year-old player, who converted to Islam five years ago, declare that the nationalism implied in the song ran counter to his belief that "Islam is the only way.

Was this a classic exercise of religious conscience -- like Jehovah's Witnesses' refusal to pledge allegiance to the flag? Or was it more like the political protests of athletes during awards ceremonies at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics? The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington reported that standing for a national anthem did not contravene Islam.

The NBA saw the player's refusal to stand as a vilation of the rule that requires players and coaches to stand "in a dignified posture" during the anthem, and suspended Abdul-Rauf. Civil libertarians said the N.B.A.'s action might violate the Civil Rights Act, which requires employers to accommodate the religious beliefs of employees if it can be done without hardship. Denver fans were less sympathetic, complaining that a player making $2.6 million this year should be more appreciative of the United States. In a Denver Post poll, 72% of Denver-area adults took issue with Abdul-Rauf. On Thursday, he agreed to stand during the national anthem in the future while praying privately for suffering humanity.
In 1967, with the United States fighting a war in Vietnam, Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight champion of the world, refused to step forward and accept induction into the Army. Ali, stating that he was a Muslim minister, claimed conscientious objector status on the grounds that his religion forbade him to participate in a war. It should be understood that there were already hundreds of thousands of Americans doing service in the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam. Almost 30,000 had already been killed. Ali was denounced as a draft dodger. Several congressmen took the opportunity to vilify him and questioned his patriotism and motives.

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Boxing commissions throughout the country were quick to strip him of his title and suspend his license to box.

Two months later, on June 20, 1967, Ali was convicted of draft evasion and sentenced to five years in prison.

I do understand how Black people feel frustration. It was horrible what the United States Government did to Mohammed Ali, with trying to send him to prison, because of his beliefs. The US Government considered the Black Muslims a threat to their control and the Government will go to any lengths to destroy a person they deem as a threat, especially back in the 1960's when J. Edger Hoover was in control of the FBI. Ali was eventually vindicated before the US Supreme Court 8-0 in Ali's favor. Ali had every right to not want to fight in the Vietnam war, because of his religious beliefs. What the Feds didn't realize was that Ali was a fighter, not only in the ring, but he would fight until the end for justice, out of the ring as well.

"Only for Allah and to gain His pleasure"
"You are either slave to what made man or u are slave to what man made"

[This message has been edited by Warrior of Allah (edited April 29, 2002).]