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Islam debate held on EMU campus


Eastern Echo

August 12, 2013

By Jess Salisbury

On August 10, a symposium called “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?” was held at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center. The event was sponsored by Ave Maria Radio, a syndicated Catholic radio station based in Ann Arbor. Speakers included Robert Spencer, author and director of anti-Islam blog Jihad Watch, in the featured debate against Shadid Lewis of the Muslim Continue Reading

Controversial ‘Jihad Watch’ blogger headlines Islam debate at Eastern Michigan University



August 11, 2013

Eastern Michigan University played host Saturday to a controversial debate over whether Islam is a religion of peace that featured an author whose anti-Islam writings have attracted the attention of the Southern Poverty Law Center and other civil rights groups, the Detroit Free Press reported Sunday.

Robert Spencer, director of the blog Jihad Watch, appeared at the daylong conference that drew more than 500 people. He debated Continue Reading

Is Islam a Religion of Peace? Conference – August 10, 2013


Ave Maria Communications presents:

Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

a Catholic Witness in a Nation Divided Conference

Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

4:30 by Mass celebrated by Bishop Earl Boyea

Grand Ballroom in Eastern Michigan University’s Student Center

900 Oakwood Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197  Continue Reading

Debaters at EMU spar over whether Islam promotes violence


The Detroit News

August 10, 2013

By Lauren Abdel-Razzaq

Ypsilanti — Robert Spencer, the controversial director of the website Jihad Watch, said Saturday at a debate that violence is inherent in Islam.

“The highest authorities in Islam understand the Quran to be teaching warfare against nonbelievers,” said Spencer, speaking at a debate on “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?” Saturday at Eastern Michigan Continue Reading

Scholars at EMU debate whether Islam is a religion of peace


Detroit Free Press

August 10, 2013

By Eric D. Lawrence


A man who was banned from speaking in Britain because of his views on Islam faced off Saturday against a defender of that faith in a debate about whether Islam is a religion of peace.

Robert Spencer, director of the Jihad Watch blog, took the position that Islam is not peaceful and Continue Reading

Catholic radio host defends Islamic scholar’s debate choice


Catholic News Agency

Aug 9, 2013

Citing the need for public dialogue, Catholic radio host Al Kresta defended Islamic scholar Shadid Lewis’ invite to controversial critic Robert Spencer to a symposium and debate sponsored by Ave Maria Radio.

“It was Shadid Lewis of the Muslim Debate Initiative who called for a public debate with Spencer,” Kresta said Aug. 7, adding that he “was disappointed that Robert Spencer’s participation Continue Reading

Robert Spencer on Franciscan University Presents

Original air date: May 2012.

Robert Spencer: “Evangelization and Islam: The Dangers, Difficulties, and Rewards of Sharing the Faith with Muslims”

Robert Spencer at the Defending the Faith Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, July 27, 2012.

Islam Conference Receives Widespread News and Blog Coverage


Ann Arbor, Michigan

August 8, 2013

Ave Maria Radio’s August 10th Conference at Eastern Michigan University, Is Islam a Religion of Peace?, has received widespread news coverage, both positive and negative, across the world.  The conference, which will include both Muslims and Christians in various debates in presentations, will cover topics such as: Does Islam Support Religious Liberty?, Is Islam a Religion of Peace?, and Does Islam Produce Democracy?, along with other pressing differences and legal concerns.  Continue Reading

Who Should Be Barred From Catholic Forums?


National Catholic Reporter

August 8, 2013

by Michael Sean Winters

Controversial anti-Muslim speaker and blogger Robert Spencer is slated to participate in a debate at Eastern Michigan University. The debate is being conducted by Al Kresta, the Catholic radio host of “Kresta in the Afternoon” which is distributed on Ave Maria Radio and EWTN. Earlier this year, two bishops, Robert McManus of Worcester and Jaime Soto of Sacramento, canceled appearances by Spencer on Catholic premises because of his anti-Muslim bigotry.

These episodes raise the question, and it is not an easy question, as to who should be barred from being given a platform at a Catholic Continue Reading

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