Breaking news, update: 9:30 p.m. Monday
This evening, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia released by email this updated statement about Dr. Ergun Caner, president of the university seminary:
Liberty University Provost Dr. Ron Godwin is forming a committee to investigate a series of accusations against Ergun Caner, president of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
The Internet allegations have questioned public statements Caner has made regarding the details of his personal life story. Godwin is forming a committee to conduct an official inquiry with a goal of issuing its conclusions by the end of June. Following inquiries from several members of the mainstream media, Liberty decided to initiate its own investigation. "Liberty does not initiate personnel evaluations based upon accusations from Internet blogs," Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. said. "However, In light of the fact that several newspapers have raised questions, we felt it necessary to initiate a formal inquiry."
One week ago, ChristianityToday.com published online a report highlighting extensive questions about Dr. Caner's background, speeches, and comments. Bloggers have alleged that Caner has knowingly deceived the Christian community about his Muslim background.
Some of these allegations include:
* Growing up in Turkey, when he actually grew up in Ohio.
* Being raised in a devout Muslim home, rather than a nominal one.
* Having been involved in Islamic jihad.
* Having debated dozens of Muslims about the Islamic faith, although there is no video or audio evidence.
Contrary to my earlier posting, this inquiry will be overseen by Vice Chancellor and acting Provost Dr. Goodwin. The names of the members of this committee were not released as yet.
CT will update this story as events develop.