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Catholic radio host defends Islamic scholar’s debate choice

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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

Let it Rip: Does Catholic radio group conference on Islam promote or hinder peace and understanding?

August 8, 2013

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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

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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?

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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

Patricia Montemurri of Detroit Free Press repeats Leftist/Islamic supremacist smears of Robert Spencer as “news”

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Jihad Watch

August 7, 2013

By Robert Soencer

Here is a particularly egregious manifestation of how “journalists” attempt to manipulate events and frame the general public’s understanding of the news. In a certain sense it is a shame that this article is about me, and I am the one responding to it, since that only obscures the core issues of media bias here: please try to keep in mind that this is not something that happens to me only, but to anyone and everyone who dares to challenge the politically correct establishment, the Leftist ideology that we all must accept on pain of charges of “bigotry,” “racism,” and “hate.” Leftist “journalists” such as Patricia Montemurri have just about succeeded in fooling Americans into thinking that there is something Continue Reading

Al Kresta Responds to Detroit Free Press Article: “Catholic radio station invites anti-Islam blogger to speak at EMU”

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August 7, 2013

By Al Kresta

The Detroit Free Press, Ann Arbor.com and Deadline Detroit have suggested that Ave Maria Radio is sponsoring a hate-fest. It is because of such ignorant opinions that Ave Maria is holding these debates.

Here is Al Kresta’s response:

“While I am grateful to the Free Press for covering the conference, I was disappointed that Robert Spencer’s participation was treated as a sign of ill will. Have we lost our confidence in honest confrontation? It was Shadid Lewis of the Muslim Debate Continue Reading

How a critic of Islam ended up in the check-out aisle

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National Post

August 7, 2013

By Barbara Kay

As the topic for its popular annual debate last May, the Oxford University Union proposed that “This House believes Islam is a religion of peace.”

Considering the venue — Oxford is, like many Western universities, marinated in political correctness — it’s hardly surprising that the motion passed 286-186 (as described in Robert Fulford’s July 27 column).  Continue Reading

Controversial speaker planned at symposium on Islam in Ypsilanti

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The Detroit News

August 7, 2013

By Mary Hicks

The Ann Arbor-based Ave Maria Radio plans to hold the “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?” symposium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Eastern Michigan University’s Student Center, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti.

Featured debaters include Robert Spencer, the controversial director of the Jihad Watch website.

His writing, which has been called anti-Muslim, was quoted Continue Reading

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