An editorial in the Washington University Student Life
newspaper has caused something of a furor among supporters of divisive Islamic scholar Robert Spencer
Spencer -- the author of eight books including The Truth About Muhammad
and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam
-- is scheduled to speak tonight on campus. A student group called the Conservative Leadership Association
is sponsoring the talk.
In its editorial yesterday
, the staff at the Student Life
coached its readers on how to respectfully listen to Spencer and then challenge his anti-Islamic arguments which "have the potential to stir up hatred and bigotry."
Spencer apologists quickly latched onto the editorial, leaving twenty comments
on the Student Life
Web site. Spencer later responded to the editorial on his own Web site, JihadWatch.org
, prompting another 150-plus comments from his supporters.
Student organizer Caleb Posner
with Conservative Leadership Association now claims in his own blog
that Spencer's talk has been moved from Graham Chapel to Lab Sciences Room 300 due to "credible security threats."
Posner could not be reached for comment. Meanwhile, Wash U. spokesman Neil Schoenherr
tells me that the event was moved simply because the
audience was not expected to be large enough to fill the 800-seat
Unless you've already RSVP'd, the event tonight at 6:30 is only open to Washington University students and faculty with valid ID.