Terrorism expert Robert Spencer is extremely disappointed that a
Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts caved to the demands of
Muslims to rescind an invitation for him to speak at an upcoming
Spencer, who is Melkite Greek Catholic and works with Jihad Watch,
had been invited by the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, to be
a speaker at its March 16 men's conference. But he says due to the
efforts of a reporter from the Boston Globe, the diocese
changed its mind.
"The reporter from the Globe had actually
asked Muslim leaders to contact the diocese to ask them to drop me
from the conference," he explains. "The diocese acted without
giving me a chance to defend myself. They just immediately caved to
these Islamist supremacist demands."
Spencer says he sent a letter to the bishop of the Worcester
diocese requesting a meeting to clear his name, but that letter has
"A petition now has over 1,900 signatures asking the bishop to
reinstate me, but no movement on it yet," he adds.
Spencer says there is nothing hateful or bigoted about his views
-- and the diocese's decision to pull his invitation is "evidence
of the cowardice of Roman Catholic officials."