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Caner Ousted as Dean

Liberty University demoted Ergun Caner, the first former Muslim to become dean of a seminary, after investigating claims that he made about his religious background.

In a statement issued Friday, the Lynchburg, Va.-based university said the investigative committee concluded that Caner made “factual statements that are self-contradictory.” Caner will no longer be dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary as of June 30, when his contract expires, but will stay on as a professor for the 2010-2011 academic year.

“[T]he committee found no evidence to suggest that Dr. Caner was not a Muslim who converted to Christianity as a teenager, but, instead, found discrepancies related to matters such as dates, names and places of residence,” the statement read.

Caner, who rose to prominence after the 9/11 terrorist attacks as an expert on Islam, was accused by bloggers for months of embellishing parts of his Muslim background. Among the details under question was how devout his Muslim family really was, where he was raised, when he converted, and how much of an expert he is on the Quran.

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posted June 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Liberty’s statement make the lies sound pretty innocuous, but they seem to be very, very blatant. The primary fabrication were his assertions that until the age of 15 he was raised as a Jihadist in Turkey, when in fact he was living in the US (I believe Ohio) at the age of 6. By court order he spent 75% of the time with his mother and 25% of the time with his Turkish, Muslim father, but, also by court order, he was not allowed to leave the country. There are a slew of other documented discrepancies. It seems as though he was a pretty blatant fabulist. I suspect Liberty soft pedaled their denunciation to limit legal liability, but I guess that remains to be seen.

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posted June 30, 2010 at 3:16 am

although there is no excuse for lying, our Christian culture’s celebrity-ing of dramatic conversion stories definitely does not help the temptation to exaggerate one’s testimony

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