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Liberty University, that font of so much interesting information, is apparently working on a new investigation. It turns out that Ergun Caner, the president of its theological seminary, might be something of a storyteller. According to an article by Ray Reed in the Lynchburg News & Advance:

Liberty University described Caner as a converted Sunni Muslim and immigrant from Turkey when it named him head of the seminary in 2005, according to News & Advance files.

For several weeks, bloggers who claim either Baptist or Muslim connections have expressed doubts about Caner’s testimony.

And then Christianity Today reported on the story, forcing Liberty to address the issue. Two days ago Liberty issued this statement:

Liberty University does not evaluate personnel based upon blogs.

However, in light of the fact that mainstream media have recently raised questions, the provost of Liberty University is appointing a committee to look into these matters.

The controversy stems from exactly how Muslim Caner actually was. Caner said he was born and raised in Turkey in a devout Sunni Muslim family, sometimes explaining “I came as a jihadist from Turkey.”

Documents obtained by bloggers, however, indicate that Caner was actually born in Sweden and grew up in Ohio. Caner appears to have been raised by his mother, Monica Caner, a Swedish-born woman who was only nominally Muslim. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer