“Factual Statements That Are Self-Contradictory”

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In an update to the interesting case of Liberty University’s Ergun Caner, the fundamentalist Christian college’s theological seminary dean, the school has declined to renew Caner’s administrative position. He will remain a professor at the school. According to an article by Ray Reed in the Lynchburg News and Advance:

Ergun Caner would no longer be dean of [Liberty University’s] seminary, following an investigation into some of his claims about being raised as a Muslim. Four members of Liberty’s Board of Trustees who conducted the investigation found that “Dr. Caner has made factual statements that are self-contradictory,” the university said.

The panel, however, basically supported Caner’s testimony of being a former Muslim who converted to Christianity. The contradictions came in “matters such as dates, names and places of residence,” the LU statement said.

Caner said he was born and raised in Turkey in a devout Sunni Muslim family, sometimes explaining “I came as a jihadist from Turkey.” Caner and his brother converted to Christianity in high school. Investigations by reporters revealed that Caner was actually born in Sweden and raised in Ohio.

Both Muslims and Christians (Exodus 20:16, Colossians 3:9, etc) specifically prohibit lying.

Liberty, incidentally, has no tenured faculty. All Liberty professors simply have one-year contracts.

Read Liberty’s official statement about Caner here. [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