Robert Spencer

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Robert Bruce Spencer (b. 1962 in Bedford, NH), is a popular though controversial polemic writer against the islamization of modern society and author of articles and books relating to Islamic terrorism (Jihad). Of Greek heritage, Spencer’s grandparents came from Turkey, where shortly after World War I, they were offered the “choice” of converting to Islam or leaving the country. Spencer describes himself as Christian and Catholic. Spencer received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of NC at Chapel Hill. Although his degrees were both in early Christian studies, he became interested in Islam because of his grandparents’ experience. Critics complain that he has no degree in Islamic studies, but he has made an intensive self-study of it for over 20 years. He writes daily for the “Jihad Watch” founded in 2003. And is a co-founder and leader in the Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI) and Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA. Predictably, Spencer is demeaned by his critics as an Islam hater [1] [2]. Benazir Bhutto (1953 - 2007) called Spencer a "radical intellectual" and accused him of "falsely constructing a divide between Islam and West." Spencer is the founder director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

The David Horowitz Freedom Center, was founded in 1988 by David Horowitz (born 1939), who is an American neo-conservative writer (member of the New Left in the late 1960s) who was born to a Jewish family in Forest Hills.

Spencer is author of 19 books, including the two New York Times bestsellers The Truth About Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). He is also a weekly columnist for Human Events and FrontPage Magazine. His works include: Inside Islam (2003) Islam Unveiled (2003) Onward Christian Soldiers (2003) The Myth of Islamic Tolerance (2005) The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (2005) Religion of Peace? (2007) The Truth about Muhammed (2007) What Americans Need to Know about Jihad (2007) Stealth Jihad (2008) The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran (2009) Islamophobia (2011) Muslim Persecution of Christians (2011) The Muslim Brotherhood in America (2012) Obama & Islam (2013) The Post-American Presidency (2013) The Worldwide Jihad (2013) Not Peace but a Sword-The Great Chasm between Christianity and Islam (2013) Arab Winter Comes to America (2014) Did Muhammed Exist? (2014)[3]

Spencer’s style is polemic . He argues that from its beginning Islam has shown a bent toward violence and that this predisposition comes both from its founding document, the Koran, and from the example of its founder.

Of course, Spencer is highly controversial because of the unpopular conclusions he espouses. There is an entire website totally devoted in smearing him (Spencerwatch.com), and he is a subject of one of the “Extremist Files” of the Southern Poverty Law Center. However Spencer’s expertise is demonstrated not only in his writings which are meticulously documented from original sources, but also in the fact that he has given training seminars to many government and military agencies.


People as Walid Phares, Bruce S. Thornton, Steve Emerson, Habib C. Malik, Ann Coulter, Don Feder, Michelle Malkin, Rabbi David G. Dalin, Serge Trifkovic, Cal Thomas, Damian Thompson of the Telegraph, Andrew McCarthy of National Review, have praised his work; No mention of Dennis Prager's praise of Spencer and Jihad Watch on CNN when Ibrahim Hooper was defaming him. [4]

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  1. CAIR-Chicago Asks Library Group to Drop Anti-Muslim Bigot from Panel
  2. Tikun Olam-תקון עולם: Make the World a Better Place. Essays on politics, culture and ideas about Israeli-Arab peace.
  3. Dates from Amazon.com
  4. Wikipedia and Robert Spencer.
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