Statement from Liberty To Lie University (with Annotations)

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.

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7 comments on “Statement from Liberty To Lie University (with Annotations)
  1. john says:

    You are absolutely right. Now until June 30 is cover up time. It is political maneuver time. Baptists are extremely savvy in politics. Especially these fundamentalists ones. They have God already on their corner. You bloggers just don’t stand a chance. Baptists’ political machine will crush all you bloggers. It was not Towns who hired Ergun Caner. It was Jerry Falwell and Paige Patterson. And Patterson is the almighty Baptist. Since Falwell is gone, now Patterson and the gang will make sure Caner stay put in place. Baptists are man-centered group. They as a group perpetuate the cult of personality. They need liars to keep up their braggamonies. They as a group, more than others always justify and continue justifying lies by calling it speaking evangelistically. The purpose justify the means. Towns calls it theological leverage. They will stretch and stretch–politicizing Scripture and twisting Scripture for PR advantage, namely, for the Gospel. Lying for the sake of the Gospel. This is Liberty to Lie University. Morality and ethics of Liberty died following the passing of Falwell. Liberty mountain is the burial place of conscience and truth. It is now a monument of arrogance and deception in order to help God.

  2. I agree with most of your comments, but I don’t think that LU will get away with it this time. It’s not going to remain only in the blogosphere. The MSM will eventually see that there is a MAJOR story here and it seems to me that there is only one possible outcome. LU will be revealed as a farcical lying institution whether they confess or continue in the cover up. It looks like a checkmate to me. The game is over for LU.

  3. Here is a link to an archived article from NewsMax written by Jerry Falwell (founder of Liberty University) in 2005 when he selected Ergun Caner to be Dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. It is particularly interesting, because Falwell wrote these words which now have been proven to be absolutely false:

    Dr. Caner has also become a voice for evangelical Christianity in the national media, debating Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Bah’ai leaders on more than 50 college and university campuses.

    Of course, there are no records of ANY debates on ANY campuses!

    I think maybe Jerry Falwell finally met God after he died and is now working from beyond the grave to help fix the errors he propagated while on this earth. If so, he’ll be busy for quite a while ….

  4. starrstruck says:

    Breaking News . . .

    Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary has just announced that the Law of God will no longer be referenced as the Ten Commandments. From this day forward, the Law of God will be known as the Nine Commandments. “In light of the Ergun Caner controversy, we just felt that it would be better to delete one of the commandments,” Elmer Towns stated. “This will allow us to keep Ergun as our president.” Where there is no law, there can be no sin. No sin, no problem.

    Dr. Caner stated that he was relieved to have been found innocent of all wrong doing. “I always knew, deep down in my heart, that I had done nothing wrong, “Caner explained. “Now I can continue to tell my testimony with the full support of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.”

  5. Ha! Well stated starrstruck. Thanks for the laugh.

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  7. Sameer says:

    Mark, (sorry I called you Martin berfoe) Ultimately, it is the assurance that God gives. I can’t exlplain what that means with my own words, but it is demonstrated in different ways in my life. I feel his presence. I recognize his guidance of my life and others’. I see answered prayer and know without a doubt that it was God that made it happen. He gives me words, wisdom, and strength when I could never come up with those on my own and it always makes my jaw drop in wonder at what He can do. And last but certainly not least, I firmly believe in Him.Looking at your question again, there is one other thing I should say, tradition and historical background has improperly made the prayer into a question asking Jesus to come into a heart. I believe that He is there ready to come in and our prayer is more one of submission to Him. We don’t actually ask Jesus to come in and wait for an answer, yes or no. We lay our lives berfoe him and say that we are willing to recieve His gift of love. I’m sure that last senctence will spark the next question from you, but in an effort to keep this short, (by my standards anyway) I will wait for you to ask it berfoe answering it. Thanks.

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