Christianity Today just published this statement from Liberty To Lie University [gray text] concerning their earnest investigation of Ergun Caner’s deceptions. Annotations are in crimson:
“Liberty University does not evaluate personnel based upon blogs [especially when those blogs reveal that we have had full knowledge of Caner's lies for over a month as indicated by the fact that we reworked his false bio and had to file phony copyright infringement charges to get evidence removed from YouTube]. However, in light of the fact that mainstream media have recently raised questions [that is, they have caught us actively participating in Caner's nine year marathon of deception], the Provost of Liberty University is appointing a committee to look into these matters. A Decision as to the efficacy, or or lack of same, is expected by June 30 [which should be long enough (seven weeks) for us to invent some sort of cover-up, and if we're lucky folks might even forget about this by then. Also, it will enable our supporters to silence critics by asserting that Liberty U is "doing everything it should but the evidence just is not in yet." So SHUT UP already!].”
There. That settles things. Bloggers can now take a much needed, and deserved, seven week vacation and breathe some fresh air not corrupted with the stench of lies.
Oh wait! How could I forget? Liberty University already held an inquiry and exonerated Caner of any “theological” or “ethical” or “moral” wrong doing! We read that just a few days ago:
Elmer Towns, co-founder of Liberty University and dean of the School of Religion, says there will be no official reprimand or demotion of Ergun Caner. Towns, who had a hand in hiring Caner, says the Liberty board has held an inquiry and directors are satisfied that Caner has done nothing theologically inappropriate.
“It’s not an ethical issue, it’s not a moral issue,” Towns told Christianity Today on April 27. “We give faculty a certain amount of theological leverage. The arguments of the bloggers would not stand up in court.”
Why do they need to do it again? Did they fail to do due diligence the first time? Exactly how long would it take to determine that Caner is a serial liar? Oh … I don’t know … let’s be generous and say one hour (assuming they are slow readers). Do these people care at all if Caner lies? Is there any evidence whatsoever that they desire truth? It is quite plain that they never would have corrected Caner if they had not been caught by those nefarious “bloggers.”
With every step they take, Liberty continues to bear witness to their complicity in the crimes of Ergun Caner.
=============== UPDATE 5/11/2010 ===============
Here is a new statement from Liberty University spokesman Johnnie Moore:
“The board at Liberty had a passing discussion (about the Caner controversy) during its annual board meeting; it wasn’t an inquiry or anything like that,” Moore said. He added that the discussion occurred within the board’s seminary subcommittee and not before the full board.
“Before the Christianity Today article, it was just a few blog accusations,” Moore said. “This will be a formal investigation.”
Come again? For those of you who haven’t taken a Course in Logic at Liberty University, you might have trouble putting these statements together to form a coherent picture:
“The Liberty board has held an inquiry” but “it wasn’t an inquiry or anything like that.”
Yeah … got it. A is Not A. Indeed, A is not even anything like A at all! Thanks guys. That really clears things up!
On a more serious note – this exemplifies yet again what happens to the minds of those who reject God and actively pursue deception:
Romans 1:21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, … And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind …
See The Ergun Cancer has Metastasized for more info along these lines.
Also just in:
The Caner File - a very thorough and well-documented time-line of Caner’s life and how his testimony conflicts with reality.
An Open Letter to Dr. Falwell and Dr. Godwin by James White. This letter details how the scandal was sparked by White’s simple, honest, and respectful request for answers concerning Caner’s false claim that he had debated premier Islamic apologist Shabir Ally (whom White has debated twice). It continues with a mass of detail concerning the wide variety of inconsistencies in Caner’s testimony.