Ergun Caner Posts Archive
SUBMITTED BY: Brian Tashman, Monday 04/21/2014, 4:00pm
Ergun Caner has lost his lawsuit against a blogger who criticized the Religious Right figure as a fraud, with a federal judge ruling last week that Caner’s case had no merit. After the September 11 attacks, Caner built a career around his purported conversion from Islamic extremism to Christianity, but his testimony was later exposed as fictitious. Not only did he completely fabricate details about his background — including facts about his birthplace, upbringing, and his family — but he also spoke gibberish during his speeches, which he claimed was Arabic. Caner led Liberty... MORE >
SUBMITTED BY: Peter Montgomery, Wednesday 12/04/2013, 10:20am
If you were the trustee of a troubled college fighting to keep its accreditation, would you hire as your new president someone who was forced out of a previous academic post for lying about his past? That’s what the trustees of Brewton-Parker College in Georgia have just done; the college announced this week that it has hired Ergun Caner to be its new president. Caner is the former dean of the seminary at Liberty University who was removed from that job in 2010 when the school could no longer ignore the evidence that the Jihadi-to-Jesus life story Caner had been peddling since the... MORE >
SUBMITTED BY: Peter Montgomery, Thursday 06/27/2013, 2:02pm
Ergun Caner was once the high-profile head of Liberty University’s seminary but was demoted in 2010 after bloggers and journalists poked holes in the dramatic Jihadi-to-Jesus life story Caner had peddled after 9-11. Arabic-speaking bloggers charged that he was actually speaking gibberish when lapsing into “Arabic.” In 2011 he left Liberty to become provost at Arlington Baptist College. And, as RWW reported earlier this year, he was invited to address the Family Research Council’s 2013 “Watchmen on the Walls” conference for pastors, a sign perhaps that... MORE >
SUBMITTED BY: Peter Montgomery, Monday 05/13/2013, 1:34pm
The Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall conference is an annual gathering for pastors and other church leaders to hear from a panoply of right-wing speakers and get motivated to “transform America.” Our coverage of last year’s event highlights speakers’ attacks on evolution, secularism, Islam, LGBT people, and other tools of Satan. This year’s conference, which takes place in Washington DC May 22-24, has been promoted by FRC for months. In April, FRC sent an excited alert that Sen. Ted Cruz, a Tea Party and Religious Right favorite who is... MORE >
SUBMITTED BY: Peter Montgomery, Friday 05/20/2011, 9:30am
Ergun Caner, the former head of Liberty University’s seminary, was demoted last year after media attention, including an article I wrote for AlterNet, forced Liberty officials to investigate glaring discrepancies in the “Jihad to Jesus” life story Caner had peddled after 9-11 to raise his profile in the evangelical world. Caner told some audiences that he had been raised in Turkey to be a jihadist and learned about America from watching television. In fact, he was born in Sweden (to a Turkish father) and raised in Ohio. Caner, an engaging speaker and one-time rising... MORE >
SUBMITTED BY: Peter Montgomery, Saturday 09/18/2010, 1:51pm
It was somewhat surprising to see Ergun Caner listed as a main-stage speaker at the Values Voter Summit. After all, Caner was recently ousted from his post as the head of Liberty University’s theological seminary. Caner was demoted, but not fired, after the media picked up on bloggers’ investigative work exposing lies and contradictions in the “Jihadi to Jesus” life story Caner had told since 9-11. That story made him an evangelical superstar and brought him to Liberty U. At the Values Voter Summit, it was clear why the... MORE >
SUBMITTED BY: Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 08/12/2010, 12:26pm
Back in June we noted that Liberty University had decided not to retain Ergun Caner as the head LU Baptist Theological Seminary after an investigation into discrepancies and exaggerations about his Muslim past. But though Caner would no longer head the Seminary, LU stated that he would remain on staff as a professor for the following academic year ... but now it is looking like Caner may be kept out of LU classrooms entirely and find himself reduced to only teaching on-line courses: The former dean of Liberty University’s seminary still is a member of the faculty, LU officials... MORE >
SUBMITTED BY: Kyle Mantyla, Saturday 06/26/2010, 10:15am
Last month, PFAW Senior Fellow Peter Montgomery wrote a piece for AlterNet examining the allegations that Ergun Caner, head of Liberty University's Baptist Theological Seminary, had exaggerated about about his Muslim past. After 9/11, Caner became a popular Religious Right speaker, telling audiences how he had been raised in Turkey to wage jihad against America before converting to Christianity and presenting himself as an expert on both Islam and Islamic terrorism. Much of that, as it turned out, was false .. and now Liberty University has announced that when Caner's contract is... MORE >
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11/21/14 @ 3:35pm
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11/13/14 @ 5:00pm