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The Hypocrisy of Emir Caner

Posted by mokhan247 on October 13, 2011 at 4:35 PM

On 25th September 2011, Emir Caner (brother of Ergun), delivered the sermon at Cresset Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina. We must understand that Ergun and Emir Caner are supposedly experts in the field of apologetics to Islam and thus, they know the do's and don’ts when it comes to presenting their faith to Muslims. In fact, these very two brothers are the same people who sat there with John Ankerberg and told the masses that it is of great importance that one does not offend the Muslim.

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However, within this recent sermon, Emir Caner, on no less than three occasions deliberately uttered words of offence directed at Muslims.

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As you just heard above, Emir Caner made the following statements:

1. “I now feel like a love-child between Mr. Clean and a Saudi woman”

To understand this “joke”, we must understand the context. Emir Caner until recently, had a full head of hair and a neatly trimmed beard. Whilst keeping his beard, he now sports the traditional Ergun look of a clean-shaven head as you can see from the following images.



Mr. Clean is a cleaning product invented by Mr. Linwood Burton, a marine ship cleaning businessman. The logo of this brand is what Emir Caner is referring to; as you can see, Mr. Clean is a cheery bald gentleman who likes to clean:

We now understand that Emir Caner intended to draw a similitude between his new “hairstyle” and that of Mr. Clean’s. But what does he mean when he says that he now feels “like a love-child between Mr. Clean and a Saudi woman”? The only possible “similitude” that he was alluding to was his beard. In essence, Emir is saying that Saudi women have facial hair.

2. “they wouldn’t take me real hunting, I don’t know if it was because I was a former Muslim they wouldn’t put a gun in my hand, not sure why that was”

Here we have Emir implying that Muslims cannot be trusted with guns. By saying this, he is giving in to the typical anti-Islamic media stereotype of Muslims being terrorists; after all, this is what almost all of their followers are taught. He fails to realise the epidemic proportion of gun crime in the US and instead, makes jokes about how we Muslims cannot be trusted with guns. Clearly, he intended to make a light hearted joke to soften the audience before he properly delves into the sermon, but is this kind of a joke really necessary when one seriously looks at the reality of what he is saying?

3. “how is someone whose name is Emir Fethi Caner....how do you suppose I go in to the White County Gun Shop and obtain a weapon? What am I supposed to do, go in there and say ‘i’d like a gun and maybe a pilots licence as well’?”

Similar to the former “joke”, Emir is implying that Muslims are those people who cannot be trusted with guns. To further the insult, he has a dig at the poor families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 atrocities by saying that he may as well ask for a “pilots licence as well”. Although his intention was to mock the Muslims, to “joke” about how simple it is to attain a gun and then specifically mention a pilots licence is just insensitive to say the least; particularly to those affected by the 9/11 attacks. To put it simply, he is saying that Muslims not only are not to be trusted with a gun, but also with a plane.

One may assume that I am taking these “jokes” to heart unnecessarily and yes, I do not blame one for thinking that. But one must also understand that the field within which they work (apologetics to Islam) means that the last thing they would want to do is mock us. And not only mock us with things that we Muslim legitimately believe or adhere to, but to be picking at the media generated stereotype makes it clear that they have no real desire to “save Muslims”. Do you make fun of people who you want to save?

These “jokes” yet again expose the hypocrisy of the Caner brothers and their supposed desire to save the Muslim world. Looking at chapter 16 (Inside the Muslim: Earning A Hearing And Winning A Soul) of their award winning book Unveiling Islam they go on to talk about the aspect of being “well-intentioned and offensive” when delivering the Gospel to Muslims:

“We've all heard of these tales wherein a Christian, motivated to share the gospel with a certain people group or culture, negates his or her witness by somehow OFFENDING the culture, heritages of practices of that group. Although the person is well-intentioned, he or she ruins the opportunity by some oversight or misstatement and must begin again BY APOLOGIZING AND REBUILDING TRUST” (page 223)

The extract from the book is self-explanatory. The Caner brothers do not act upon what they themselves are telling their readers. In other words, Ergun and Emir Caner are hypocrites. They talk about how if a well-intentioned preacher somehow offends the recipient, then the preacher must apologise and rebuild the trust, but, they do not demonstrate this even the slightest. This is clearly because they are not well-intentioned.

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Reply kloro
11:39 PM on February 21, 2012 
I'm a islamic missionary and in 10 years i never see a ex-muslim. There is many fake ex-muslims, how there was many ex-communists , it's the same lie.

Who is creating this lie, isn't only "Pastors" but people linked to american governament.

Jesus of Christianity never existed, is only a character based in sun god of Roman empire.
Reply Nabilah
11:30 AM on October 23, 2011 
Both of the men speak English as if they are native born. I doubt that anyone coming to the US for the first time in their teens would be without any accent, however one that came while a preschooler or toddler-definitely would manage it. I work with non-native speakers all the time, and even those who speak English beautifully still have the traces of their native language quite apparent in their speech patterns. I think that the 1968 story is more plausible.
Reply Nabilah
6:45 AM on October 23, 2011 
Shellfish? I live in a VERY Muslim nation and there is shellfish (shrimp/lobster) everywhere. I imagine there are Muslims that won't eat it, but I don't know which ones. I can get shrimp at the halal KFC and lobster in any fine dining establishment, and some pretty rustic ones, too!
Reply Elvis - Abdul Hakeem
4:37 AM on October 14, 2011 
Very well put bro, this just goes to show how hypocritical these two are. The jokes would usually go down with a grain of salt but given the trackrecord these two have acumalated they really arent helping themselves out.
Reply Xtreme
6:42 PM on October 13, 2011 
This just shows what type of person they truly are. Why must a preacher start joking about other religions even when they know the other religions practices are wrong? This would mean they have no respect nor the capabilities to teach or guide someone towards the truth. I would advise emir and ergun to both look at themselves before they say what is right and what is wrong.
Reply mokhan247
6:22 PM on October 13, 2011 
Nasser says...
I Don't know bro, it's bad humor. It may be in poor taste, and they are always trying to draw that connection that reminds their audience of their Islamic credentials. But I don't really see it as offensive

I understand whaty you are saying. I personally think that making such statements isn't necessary, particularly when all three statements were made within the first three minutes of the sermon. The topic of the sermon was not even about Muslims. The emphasis is how making such statements goes against what they themselves set as number one criteria, thus, making them hypocrites.
Reply Nasser
6:19 PM on October 13, 2011 
I Don't know bro, it's bad humor. It may be in poor taste, and they are always trying to draw that connection that reminds their audience of their Islamic credentials. But I don't really see it as offensive