I was visiting Louisville, Kentucky this past week, and dropped by a Black Baptist church for Sunday Service. I was a little perplexed when one of the deacons stood for opening prayer and devoted no less than 10 minutes to thanking God for a newly departed brother, praising this brother for his efforts in the plight of the African American, etc... He didn't mention the name of this newly departed brother, but it just felt as if he might be talking about the boxer. Interesting. A few minutes later, during a devotional period, a video was shown. It was a 7-8 minute applauding Ali for his stance as a conscientious objector to war, based on religious conviction. Another prayer was offered a little later, thanking God for this great man of faith whom God had blessed 20th century Black America with. Both preachers mentioned this son of Louisville with thankful expression. After the sermons, the Children's Church was brought to the front, where the leader gushed for 5 minutes over Ali, then each child read quotes of Ali, lasting approximately 15 minutes. Afterward, the leader gushed again for a couple of minutes about Ali's faith, character, personality, etc. So here Iwas after service was over, nearly speechless. Are these "Christians" aware that they were praising a Muslim's faith? I couldn't help asking one person - uh, this whole Ali thing...is that a black thing or a Louisville thing? He said "probably both" So here I am now. I'm curious what Baptists here think. Not about Ali, but the church I visited. What do you think about Baptists devoting almost an entire service to a Muslim? Or so you think Blacks honoring a Black was more the theme? Maybe a civil rights memorial? As a note, I specifically asked if there was a memorial for Prince, who was a Jehovah's Witness? Nope. I also noticed in the video there were shots of Jesse Jackson with Ali, and MLK jr. with Ali. Do you think civil rights is an important enough issue to where the church ought to embrace as brothers anyone who champions the cause?