Phoenix-area resident, boxing legend, and great American hero, Mohammad Ali sent an open letter to the people of Norway expressing his sadness about the recent massacre in that country. Ali, a Muslim and long-time advocate for civil rights wrote, "that the richness of diversity is something that makes the world a better place and that no one should fear multiculturalism. People, he said, have the same ideals no matter what religion or race they are."â†µ
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The man who confessed to carrying out the massacre, Anders Behring Breivik, has said the attacks were part of a plan to start a cultural revolution and purge Europe of Muslims while also punishing politicians who have embraced multiculturalism.
It's always a pleasure when The Champ is able to make out to a Phoenix Suns or Arizona Diamondbacks game. He never fails to get a hearty cheer and often a standing ovation from the fans. Some people undoubtedly only know Ali for his achievements in the ring. This letter and statement in support of a peaceful co-existence should serve as a reminder that his greatness transcended sports.â†µ
"I see the same wishes for our children to have happy, healthy lives; I see the same concerns for others less fortunate than ourselves; I see the same desire for peace and dignity," Ali said.â†µ
According to the AP report, "Ali's spokesman, Craig Bankey, said the former heavyweight champion, who suffers from Parkinson's, communicated his thoughts in the letter to his wife."â†µ
Former boxing champion Muhammad Ali, right, poses for a photograph before spring training baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Tuesday, March 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)â†µ