Rabbi Michael Lerner, a political activist and the editor of Tikkun Magazine, didn’t hesitate to get political while speaking at the funeral of sports legend Muhammad Ali, who died at age 74 on June 3.
Lerner condemned Trump in his remarks, criticizing the business mogul’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
“We will not tolerate politicians or anyone else putting down Muslims and blaming Muslims for a few people,” Lerner said.
Lerner said he formed a relationship with Ali in the 1960s, when both were indicted by the federal government for “our various stands against the war in Vietnam.”
“There was something about Muhammad Ali that was different,” Lerner said. “At the key moment when he had that recognition [as a boxer], he used it to stand up to an immoral war and say, ‘No, I won’t go.'”
Lerner also spoke about income inequality, drone warfare, torture, mass incarceration and money in politics during his remarks. Lerner earned massive applause while speaking about the next president of the United States as a “she,” a comment that prompted former President Bill Clinton to chuckle.
Clinton also spoke at Ali’s funeral on Friday.
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