Muhammad Ali: An Outspoken Legend Passes Away

Muhammad Ali: An Outspoken Legend Passes Away

The man who fought for what he believed in.
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After being hospitalized because of respiratory issues and put on life support, Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3, 2016 in Phoenix, Ariz. Since 1985, Ali had been struggling with Parkinson's Disease. Even with this setback, he managed to remain outspoken. Of the many political and social issues he covered, he focused on helping people to embrace and accept Islam, especially when many politicians have relied on anti-Muslim rhetoric to gain a following.

He is best known for his athletic prowess in boxing -- having won an Olympic gold medal and received the heavyweight title three times, becoming the first fighter to do so. Often being described as "silver-tongued" or "poetic," Ali was also famous for his speeches and trash talk.

Muhammad Ali was self-assured, determined, and creative, and after I, years back, watched a video clip of him talking, I gained a large amount of respect for him. Despite being quiet and soft-spoken myself, his outgoing nature inspired me in many ways. He unabashedly stood up for what he knew to be true. Many people back down if their views are challenged, especially when threatened with the loss of their freedoms, but he prevailed in letting his beliefs be known.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. in Louisville, Ky. (1940), Ali began his boxing training when he was 12 years old. After his bike was stolen, he told police officer and boxing trainer Joe Martin that he wanted to beat up the thief, to which Martin reportedly responded with, "Well, you better learn to fight before challenging people," and took Ali under his wing.

Even before he reached the age of 18, Ali excelled in the sport. Before choosing the name Muhammad Ali, he referred to himself as Cassius X. When he joined Nation of Islam, he changed his name to how we know it today. In 1975, he converted to Sunni Islam, then to Sufism in 2005.

It was because of the grounds of his faith that he refused to be inducted into the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. Demonstrating more than a knack for trash talk, Ali spoke multiple times about opposing the war and draft as a Muslim minister, an American citizen, and a black man.


One of his most remarkable yet lesser-known feats was when he met with Saddam Hussein on Nov. 29, 1990 in Baghdad, Iraq, to secure the release of 15 American hostages. Ali stayed in the city for about a week, meeting starstruck citizens before he was able to talk with Hussein.

Despite running out of medication for his Parkinson's and being bedridden, he maintained his drive to do what he came there for, and succeeded. During and afterwards, the media and those in the U.S. government criticized his mission, seeing it as nothing more than a publicity stunt, to which Ali responded that he needs publicity for many things, but not for helping people.

After powering through 32 years despite being troubled with Parkinson's Disease, Ali proved that he was just as capable a fighter as he was in his boxing days. He picked fights in and outside the ring -- some purely physical, others with his words and beliefs.

Throughout his life, many labels had been placed upon him: boxer, egomaniac, Muslim, black, insincere, American, etc. Many of these have been said contemptuously, trying to draw attention away from his identity and all he accomplished. In his death, may we remember him for the athletic, poetic, religious, and humanitarian legend he was.

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I'm An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.
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"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

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Christian Women And Modern Feminism Cannot Coexist

Women who hold the truths of the Bible cannot also hold the ideas of modern feminism.

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Feminism, as it is defined, is the "advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes," according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. This is NOT where the problem lies.

Eve was made from the rib of Adam, not from the foot to be below him, or the head to be above him, but the rib to stand beside him. The problem does not stand with the ideology that women and men are equal as humans, as this is a Biblical truth.

The problem lies within what feminism has become.

For Christian women, our calling is outlined directly in Titus 2. It states, "(women) are to love their husbands and children, be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands."

This seems to fly directly in the face of modern feminism, doesn't it? Working at home?! How dare you say that! Notably, this verse never says women cannot have a career outside of the home; it simply says that the home is a priority when a woman has a husband and children.

Submissive to their husbands?! That sounds like slavery!

The church is to submit to Christ's word and will, and the husband is to be the spiritual leader of his home. Similarly, the wife is ideally like the church in which she allows her husband to lead the family. It never says that a woman is a servant and can be abused by her husband.

Modern feminism teaches that women are not just similar to men, but that they should be better.

They constantly focus on what they can do that men can't, and what they can do better than men. Why is this a problem for Christian women? Men and women are meant to complement each other in their personalities and physicalities, they are not meant to try and outdo each other.

God made both man and woman to bind together and live life together, as humans are made for companionship. Modern feminism also teaches that you have every right to abort a child within you, even if it's a result of your own irresponsibilities.

Jeremiah 1:5 states, "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart..." As a Christian woman, how could you support an ideology that completely disregards the sanctity of human life?

Modern feminism attacks the core of Christian womanhood and effectively destroys the special qualities of women created by God.

We are made differently than men and that is OK. If you are a Christian woman, and you hold the truths of the Bible as law in your heart, there is absolutely no logical way that modern feminist ideologies can coexist.

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