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In honor of Muhammad Ali, Sen. Rand Paul will introduce bill to end Selective Service

•, by Nick Storm

The bill titled 'The Muhammad Ali Voluntary Service Act' will be presented to Congress in honor of the famed boxer who refused to serve in the Vietnam War. 

On April, 28 1967 the heavy weight champion was stripped of his title for refusing to be inducted in the United States Army. Ali, a Muslim and conscientious objector, was convicted of draft evasion — a conviction that would later be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

"One thing I liked about Muhammad Ali is that he would stand on principle even when it was unpopular," Paul told reporters in Louisville on Monday. "You know, the criminal justice system I say now has a racial justice disparity, selective service had a racial disparity, because a lot of rich white kids either got a deferment or went to college or got out of the draft. I'm opposed to Selective Service."