Skip to comments.Furious President of Turkey abandons Muhammad Ali funeral and flies home...
Posted on 06/10/2016 12:09:04 PM PDT by drop 50 and fire for effect
...after being cut from speech line-up and banned from laying a cloth on boxer's coffin during Muslim ceremony
-Recep Tayyip Erdogan had specially flown to Louisville, Kentucky, to say farewell to Ali
-But the presidents office said Erdogan left the United States for Turkey late Thursday after attending the prayer ceremony
-He was due to speak at today's multi-faith service but lost his slot due to 'lack of program space'
-Funeral organizers also 'refused to allow Erdogan to lay a cloth from the Kaaba on Alis coffin during the Thursday ceremony'
-In addition he wanted the head of Turkey's religious affairs directorate to recite part of the Koran, but his wish had been refused
Turkeys President has cut short his trip to the US and will not attend the funeral of boxer Muhammad Ali, his office said Friday, amid reports of a rift with the ceremonys organizers.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan had specially flown to Louisville in the southern US state of Kentucky to say farewell to Ali, who the Turkish president is known to have admired hugely as a committed Muslim and civil rights campaigner.
Erdogan on Thursday attended a prayer ceremony for Ali and had been due to attend the funeral on Friday along with several other high profile political leaders.
But the presidents office said that Erdogan left the United States for Turkey late Thursday after attending the prayer ceremony and joining a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner with the US diaspora of Meskhetian Turks who were expelled from their homeland by Stalin in the 1940s.
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I know folks around here have split opinions about Ali, but funerals are about the deceased and their family.
Unless there is some close connection of which I am unaware, Erdogan should have known he wouldn't speak.
Putin, please shoot down his plane. Please.
A Turk with a temper? Who knew?
Well, Ali did ONE good thing in his life, er, existence, er, oh well.
I did not watch it but, was Farrakhan there today?
Scarily unstable head of state...
ISIS supporting Erdogan apparently doesn’t understand the difference between Black Muslims and the rest of the Muslim world. He is just another one of those white devils to NoI.
He (Erdogan) probably needs to read up on Malcolm X.
It says he was initially told he would speak, he as on the original list of speakers but cut after he had already flown to the USA.
It sounds like he went for publicity stunt
Touchy little prick, isn’t he?
Must be common amongst muzzie so-called "heads of state" - fits one Hussein 0bama to a 'T'.
I might be wrong on this but I don't think that Ali's "religion" has any association with the Koran nor do I think that Ali was that active in the group that took him in and used him.
I only mention this because it was in approx. 1984 when Ali disassociated himself from Calypso Louie due to his inflammatory remarks about Jews........
what a turkey.
I really, really hope the nukes are long gone from the storage bunkers at Incirlik.
Why would a head-of-state go to this funeral anyway?
I think he might consider himself a caliph, and that sort of thing is globalist, right?
Has Ryan called him a racist yet?
Pray America wakes
I’m getting a little tired of the non-stop coverage of Ali’s death. This is a guy who beat people up for a living. He didn’t cure cancer, he didn’t bring world peace, he punched people in the face. Enough already.
why does this have me laughing??
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