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Ypsilanti: Christian, Islamic speakers clash at symposium


The Ypsilanti Courier

August 16, 2013

By Joseph Yelick

For Heritage Media

It was an all-day raucous affair at the EMU Student center on Saturday (Aug. 10) as Christians and Muslims came together to participate in spirited debates about the Islamic religion.

Held as a “No holds barred” discussion by Al Kresta, CEO of Ave Maria Communications, the three featured debates of the Continue Reading

Defending the West: Truth Begets Hate


WND Commentary

August 12, 2013

By Pamela Gellar

We have now gotten to the irreconcilable point in the contemporary public discourse (or lack thereof) of irrefutable denial of the reality of the jihad threat. This denial persists no matter what. Newscasters (both local and national) spout a language of the absurd denying all connection of jihad with – jihad.

The Fort Hood jihadi, Nidal Malik Hasan, describes himself as a mujahid (holy warrior) in the cause of Islam, but we are told that his act of war (and he uses that word – war) Continue Reading

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.

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