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Published:May 11th, 2010 22:24 EST

Liberty University To Investigate Its Lying Seminary President

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Liberty University will investigate reports that its seminary president has misled the public in his testimony about converting from militant Islam to Christianity, officials of the school in Lynchburg, Va., announced May 10.


Liberty Provost Ron Godwin is reportedly forming a committee to conduct a formal inquiry into questions surrounding Ergun Caner, president of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, that have circulated on blogs and more recently in media outlets including Christianity Today and Associated Baptist Press."

A university`s main objective should be to exalt, honor and teach the truth. Dishonesty should have no place in the curriculum or faculty of a school of higher learning.

Liberty University, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, has always represented itself as a citadel of truth.

But now it turns out that its seminary president, Ergun Caner is a blatant and pathological liar.

I would have expected Liberty University to be humbled and apologetic about the disconcerting discovery of treachery in their midst.

However, Elmer Towns, the dean of Liberty University`s School of Religion told reporters that officials had investigated the discrepancies in Caner`s resume and were satisfied it was not an ethical or moral  issue.

Caner is a transparent liar, he claimed that he grew up as a devout Muslim in Turkey, turns out he was raised in Ohio.

"Caner issued a statement admitting to `pulpit mistakes` but insisting he never intentionally misled anyone. Liberty University revised Caner`s online biography to remove references that he was raised in Turkey and has debated leaders of various faiths."

Caner deliberately misled his students, his colleagues and everybody else. It`s not enough for Liberty University to remove his lies for their Web site, they need to kick Caner to the curb.

Caner needs to apologize to the Muslim community, to Liberty University, and to Christians in general.

How Liberty University handles this issue will speak volumes about the integrity of the school.

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