Southern Religion

Media coverage heightens pressure on Liberty’s Ergun Caner

Posted by SteveDeVane at 7:22 AM

Accusations that Ergun Caner fabricated parts of his background hit newspapers across the country this week increasing the likelihood that the president of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary will have to resign.

For months, Liberty University administrators stood by Caner as bloggers questioned statements he made about his background. Then newspaper reporters started calling, and last week school officials decided to investigate.

If questions from reporters prompted an investigation, one would think the recent articles would force the school to show Caner the door.

GetReligion highlights stories about Caner by Associated Press, The Tennessean and The News & Advance in Lynchburg, Va., where Liberty is located.

The AP story was picked up by papers ranging from the San Francisco Chronicle to the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

The GetReligion post correctly notes the importance of a paragraph in The Tennessean story that says several Southern Baptist leaders who have supported Caner in the past declined to comment. One of those who wouldn’t talk is former Southern Baptist Convention president Paige Patterson.

Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, has close ties to Caner and his brother, Emir.

Any chance Southwestern will have an opening for Caner on its staff?


May 20, 2010 - Posted by | Education, SBC | , ,

1 Comment

  1. This kind of probing & reporting will help to eliminate those who would denigrate the Baptist denomination and desecrate our Religion with their corrupt ethics and values. My religion is not for entertainment or the folly of others.

    Comment by jack | May 20, 2010

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