A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice hosts an article by Sheila Musaji who writes about the allegations made against Dr. Ergun Caner, the former President of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
A rising star on the Religious Right, entertaining audiences at major Religious Right gatherings with his hip, he used to tell irreverent stories about his upbringing as a radical Muslim and his conversion to Christianity. He is also the author of “Unveiling Islam: An Insider’s Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs”. He is an ex-Muslim who has converted to Christianity, and claims to be a former terrorist. His claims don’t hold up any better than do those of Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem and Zachariah Anani.Right Wing Watch reports,
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.John Kennedy, writing for Christianity Today counters the critics:
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.
In a previous article, Shoebat, Saleem, and Anani - Three Arab Villages Are Missing Their Idiots, Sheila Musaji wrote about three other ex-terrorists,John F. Ankerberg, who interviewed Caner for more than a dozen television programs, has posted on his website that he is disheartened by the attacks upon his friend's integrity and character. Ankerberg said he believes Caner's testimony is "completely true." During the Liberty investigation, Ankerberg, citing copyright infringement, had several videos posted by critics pulled from YouTube."Ergun and his brother, Emir, are men of God who have taken a valiant stand for the Lord, even costing them and their families their safety," Ankerberg said. "For someone to attack Ergun's selfless sacrifice, especially since they malign his character without any substantiation, is both unchristian and unbiblical."Norman L. Geisler, distinguished professor of apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California, says the investigation's outcome vindicates Caner."They exonerated him on everything except some misstatements on nothing that was crucial," Geisler told CT on Wednesday. "No moral or doctrinal charges were established; no culpability was proven."
In 2006 I wrote an article about an event I attended in Saint Louis at which the film Obsession was shown and the speaker who was invited to prove the film’s point was Walid Shoebat. As I said in the article,
“The speaker at this film was billed as a “former” PLO terrorist turned Christian/Zionist. Walid Shoebat claims to live in California under an assumed name with protection from the Islamic radicals who have declared a “fatwa” to kill him. He made many undocumented claims, and most shockingly said that it was time to stop working for peace - it is time to start taking real action. . A review of his radio interview before the St. Louis presentation, as well as a review of statements at other showings of this film, and of his website http://www.abrahamic-faith.com is very revealing. He has said “Please take back the holy Temple Mount.” He has said “We need to choose war.” He has sanctioned the use of extrajudicial assassinations. This is a man who wants to hurry Armageddon and the rapture along, at which time the Messiah will come and the Jews, Muslims, and everyone who does not believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God will be killed and sent to hell. This is anti-Semitic and Islamophobic. This is an extremist Christian terrorist. This is not a former terrorist. This is a man who used to hate Jews and now hates Muslims, who used to commit violence against Jews and now justifies violence against Muslims.”
Shoebat is now a part of a three man road show - Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem and Zachariah Anani, billed as the “3 ex-terrorists” who go around the country villifying Islam. They were even invited to appear recently at the U.S. Air Force Academy to enlighten the students. And, they have a “3 ex-terrorists” website.See also:
I certainly doubt the veracity of the Islamophobic statements made by this group, as do most sane people, and am more than a little concerned about the effects this concerted propoganda effort will have in poisoning people’s minds and sidelining people from serious consideration of real issues and solutions.
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