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Muhammad Ali Reminds Us Why He's The Greatest Of All Time

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."

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Muhammad Ali writes letter to people of Norway - Boxing - Yahoo! Sports
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.

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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.

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"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.

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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."

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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)

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