Spencer in Ypsilanti: Debaters at EMU spar over whether Islam promotes violence

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 University. “This doesn’t mean every devout Muslim will commit violence against nonbelievers, but every devout Muslim who commits violence among nonbelievers is doing it because their God is calling them to in their holy book.