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Controversial speaker planned at symposium on Islam in Ypsilanti


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

Hot Button: Anti-Islam Crusader Robert Spencer Speaks Saturday At EMU


Deadline Detroit

August 7, 2013

Don’t blast us about this weekend’s controversial speaker this weekend, EMU administrators say in advance of a campus appearance by anti-Islam blogger and author Robert Spencer.

“The event is not sponsored, financially supported, or being promoted by” the university, says a statement quoted by the Free Press. ”

Robert Spencer, a Catholic church deacon, has written 12 books. One is provocatively titled “Did Muhammad Exist?”

Spencer’s participation in a Saturday symposium “is controversial,” reporter Patricia Montemurri writes. His 12 books include one questioning the existence of Muhammad, founder of the Islamic religion.  Continue Reading

Anti-Islam blogger scheduled to speak at EMU in event hosted by a Catholic radio station



August 7, 2013

By Chelsea Hoedl, Intern Reporter

Robert Spencer, an anti-Islam blogger and author who was recently banned from the United Kingdom for his alleged association with hate groups, will speak at a symposium at Eastern Michigan University Saturday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
‘Is Islam a Religion of Peace?’ will be hosted by Ave Maria Radio, an Ann Arbor-based Catholic Continue Reading

Catholic radio station invites anti-Islam blogger to speak at EMU


Detroit Free Press

August 7, 2013

By Patricia Montemurri, Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

An Ann Arbor-based Catholic radio station has invited anti-Islam blogger and author Robert Spencer to speak at a symposium at Eastern Michigan University on Saturday.

Spencer, who blogs at www.jihadwatch.org, is scheduled to speak at “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?” sponsored by Continue Reading

Ave Maria Radio Asks, “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?”


July 30, 2013

Ann Arbor, MI: On Saturday, August 10, Ave Maria Radio will bring together renowned experts on Islam from around the world to discuss and debate the question, “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?” The one-day symposium will be held in the Student Center at Eastern Michigan University.

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life recently showed that 19% of U.S. Muslims said that “suicide bombing or other forms of violence against civilians in the name of Islam” Continue Reading

Pope Francis on Gays: “Who Am I To Judge?”


Secular media twists compassion into approval for gay lifestyle

Ann Arbor, MI, July 29, 2013 – On the plane back from Brazil’s World Youth Day, Pope Francis conversed with journalists on a broad range of subjects. The next morning, his statement, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” was reported by leading media outlets as a signal for change within the Catholic Church. Generally ignored was the pontiff’s reiteration that the Church teaches that homosexual acts are a sin.

“This is yet another example of the mainstream media being utterly incompetent when reporting on matters of religion,” says Al Kresta, author Continue Reading

Book aims to help Catholics transform culture for Christ


Catholic News Agency

July 18, 2013

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Radio host Al Kresta’s new book is meant to help Catholics respond to the arguments of their opponents, stressing the need to love one’s enemies so as to transform a culture hostile to Jesus Christ.

“It’s clear that Catholicism, especially in America, is under increased attack. And it isn’t as though somebody’s discovered some truth about the faith that is now rejected,” Kresta told CNA July 16. “It’s just that Catholicism has fallen out of favor.”

“American Catholics, I think for the first time since the 19th Continue Reading

Dr. Greg Popcak agrees: Devout Catholics Have Better Sex, Study Says


Group presents data showing those who go to church weekly have most frequent, enjoyable sex

U.S. News & World Report

July 17, 2013

By Elizabeth Flock

Devout, married Catholics have the best sex of any demographic group, the Family Research Council said at an event Wednesday, pointing to a collection of studies from the last several decades.

The socially conservative Christian group relied heavily on statistics from the University of Chicago’s last National Health and Social Life Survey, conducted in 1992, which found the most enjoyable and most frequent sex occurring among married people, those who attended church weekly – any church, whether Catholic or not – and people who had the least sexual partners.

“Those who worship God weekly have the best sex,” said Patrick Fagan, a Continue Reading

Review: Dangers to the Faith


Catholic Stand

July 17, 2013

By Patti Maguire Armstrong

It is holy to love our enemy, but we must recognize him. The guy who takes our parking spot, the cranky neighbor, the difficult in-law…they are not the ultimate enemy. Yes, they are personal challenges, but they are also opportunities for grace—“The measure with which you measure, will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).

The ultimate enemy is the darkness that siphons off Godly values and rejects Christianity as silly or even dangerous to an indulgent society. We are called to love the misguided ones who fall for the clever disguises of darkness. By knowing the truths of our faith, we can shed light on the darkness and redirect them.

In his new book, Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st-Century Continue Reading

Upcoming Ave Maria Radio Conference Asks, ‘Is Islam a Religion of Peace?’


Catholic Marketing Network

July 17, 2013

By Sally Noyola

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life recently showed that 19% of U.S. Muslims said that “suicide bombing or other forms of violence against civilians in the name of Islam” could be justified. That number in Egypt is 29% and 40% in the Palestinian territories. Do these findings mock the claim that Islam is a religion of peace? On Saturday, August 10, Ave Maria Radio will bring together renowned experts on Islam Continue Reading

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