Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said Monday that the Islamic State group represents Islam about as much as the Ku Klux Klan represents Christianity, arguing that the mission of both groups is not about religion but “a play for money and power.”
“It’s a play for money and power, and these people try to impose their will on people so people will listen to them, and they can be in charge. That’s all it’s about,” the Muslim convert, who now writes for Times magazine, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“You can make parallels to things that have happened here in America,” Mr. Abdul-Jabbar added. “Like the Ku Klux Klan saying that they are the Christian knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and they do not practice Christianity.”
The former Los Angeles Lakers star echoed similar sentiments from President Obama, who said during the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month that people committed “terrible deeds in the name of Christ” during the Crusades and the Inquisition.
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SOURCE: The Washington Times