‘Ex-Jihadi” Baptist Seminary President Removed

'Ex-Muslim' Baptist Seminary President

Self-described Jihadi-turned-Christian evangelist Ergun Caner will not have his contract renewed as President of Baptist Liberty University Seminary. He was caught telling little white parables as Gospel truth.

Liberty U was founded by the late televangelist Jerry Falwell, pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, who also started the Moral Majority. He who selected Dr. Caner to head the seminary in 2005. The current LU Chancellor is Jerry Falwell, Jr., son of the founder; it was he who removed Dr. Caner from his post.

Ergun Caner claimed he was born into a strict Muslim family in Turkey, learned to hate America and Christians, and was instructed in jihad before his conversion to fundamentalist Christianity. Praise the Lord — except that Dr. Caner was born in Sweden, moved to Ohio when he was 4 years old; when his parents divorced, he lived with his mother, a Lutheran. He became an evangelical Christian as a teen, so perhaps that was the jihad he meant.

Ergun Caner continued to embroider the fabric of his biography, claiming he wore a turban in high school, was a “hardened terrorist,” and more. Sceptical bloggers raised questions about Dr. Caner’s personal testimony, and the issue was picked up by Christianity Today, the Lynchburg News & Advance, and the Nashville Tennessean.

Liberty University finally investigated Dr. Caner’s claims, found them bogus, and removed him as Seminary President. Ergun Caner has apologised for his “misstatements” and “discrepancies” but, as punishment, he will remain on the Liberty University faculty.

Image by Mike Licht (with apologies to the Coachella Valley High School Fighting Arabs of Thermal, CA).  Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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2 Responses to “‘Ex-Jihadi” Baptist Seminary President Removed”

  1. Amanda Says:

    A few mistakes here:

    1. Jerry Falwell, Jr. is not the one who selected Ergun Caner to head the seminary.

    2. Regardless of any other inaccuracies, Ergun Caner did, in fact, have a Muslim upbringing.

  2. Mike Licht Says:

    Amanda wrote: Jerry Falwell, Jr. is not the one who selected Ergun Caner to head the seminary.

    Right you are; it was his father, Jerry Falwell, Sr. I have corrected that above.

    Regardless of any other inaccuracies, Ergun Caner did, in fact, have a Muslim upbringing.

    Mr. Caner’s Lutheran mother was the custodial parent after the divorce and, while she agreed to a Muslim upbringing for her sons in the initial agreement, she subsequently sued to have this clause changed. The gentleman’s misstatements about Islam call the extent of his “Muslim upbringing” into question.

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