Bloggers Target Seminary President
"The American church has created an atmosphere in which our itching ears are looking for anyone who can expose Islam at its worst," Oksnevad says. "There can be a lot of church pressure on ex-Muslims to talk very negatively."
On April 15, a reworked brief biography of Caner appeared on Liberty's website. While it still says he was "raised as a devout Sunni Muslim," an earlier statement that he had been "raised as the son of a Muslim leader in Turkey" has been deleted. Also gone is the remark that "Caner has debated Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and other religious leaders in 13 countries and 35 states."
Although bloggers say they aren't interested in forcing Caner out of his job, Clyatt notes that some bloggers are working on resolutions for the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in June that would call on churches to sever ties with Liberty if no action is taken against Caner. But in recent years, the SBC Committee on Resolutions has ruled as out of order nearly all efforts against individuals.
"We don't see any way that bloggers will damage Liberty," Towns says.
Editor's Note: This article has been revised to correct Mohammad Khan's comments, which concern the content of Ergun Caner's video comments, not Caner's pronunciation of Arabic.
John W. Kennedy is a CT contributing editor based in Springfield, Missouri.
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