Thursday, April 29, 2010

Pants on fire

Oh my goodness. Just look at this:

Dr. Ergun Caner, the president of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, has been a rising star on the Religious Right, entertaining audiences at major Religious Right gatherings with his hip, irreverent stories about his upbringing as a radical Muslim and his conversion to Christianity. Just this week, his story was featured on Focus on the Family’s broadcast, “From Jihad to Jesus.”

Turns out, according to a growing chorus of critics – many of them Southern Baptists and other Christians – Caner has apparently been lying for years about his childhood and his life story. It’s hard to even summarize the extent of the deceptions being described by his critics, but they include his claims to have grown up in Turkey and to have personally involved in Islamic Jihad, when court records from his parents’ divorce place him in Columbus, Ohio when he was just a few years old. Check some of the critical websites for voluminous debunking of Caner’s colorful (and apparently fanciful) stories about learning about America through TV broadcasts in Turkey and more. Some charges are even more directly related to his ministry, such as his claims to have debated top Muslim scholars around the world. Caner’s critics say there’s no evidence of those debates.

These are no vague or reckless charges, but carefully documented exposes that draw from Caner’s sermons, speeches, and online videos, and other public records. Liberty doesn’t seem to have responded publicly, but recently posted a revised version of Caner’s bio with disputed claims removed.

You can read the rest of it right here on Right Wing Watch.

So is he mentally ill or just a con man? I really don't know what to think. Maybe more will come to light in due course.


  1. He may have Munchhausen's Syndrome but I still vote for con man. People love such stories. I knew a con man with a fabricated life when I was just out of grad school. Sometimes there is no obvious damage but their listeners/followers end up living in a fantasy world.

  2. They get an audience and attention at the very least and make money from their fabrications in cases like Caner.

  3. Anonymous7:39 PM

    Here I stand, WITHOUT FEAR, ready to answer any question posed to me. My new videos will destroy the charges against me.

    Dr Ergun Caner


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