Ergun Mehmet Caner is the president of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, based out of Lynchburg, Virginia. Yes, it was founded by Jerry Falwell. Caner had hovered around the periphery of my thinking since about 2001. That's when he found some fame and fortune in evangelical circles by promoting himself as a former Muslim and so-called expert on Islam in the wake of 9/11. In particular, Caner is the author of Unveiling Islam: An Insider's Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs (now in a revised and expanded edition!), which has this not-at-all provocative cover
(No, not provocative at all. Basically, what we're seeing here is not hijab and it's not niqab. It's a fanciful Evangelical Christian view of what the Mysterious Heathen East looks like. If you want to see how real Muslimahs dress, go here and here for starters.)
As a result of this book, and others, Ergun Caner has been called on by our press corpse to offer his opinions on various and sundry matters relating to Islam. But if you read the reviews on Amazon.com, you'll come away with the conclusion that Ergun Caner really doesn't know what he's talking about.
|1:1||In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.|
|Bismi Allahi alrrahmani alrraheemi|
|1:2||Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds;|
|Alhamdu lillahi rabbi alAAalameena|
After receiving a B.A. from Cumberland College, Caner received the M.A. from The Criswell College, M.Div. and Th.M. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed a D.Min. at Emmanuel Baptist University and a D. Theol. at the University of South Africa.
"Claiming recognition by the American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions and the American Accrediting Educational Association of Christian Schools, neither of which are legitimate agencies, the University of Biblical Studies (UBS) was originally founded in 1955 as "Modular Education." Their 22-page catalog states, "Participating colleges award Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctor of Ministry Degrees," but they do not name the participating colleges." [emphasis added, but there's more at the link!]
Your “quote” (highlighted in bold) was, in fact, the exact OPPOSITE of what I said. I noted, over six times, that we would allow admittance only as far as his accredited degrees would allow. We would NEVER waive prerequisites. This is not only unethical, it is not the method of an accredited institution.
This would not be a “misunderstanding,” but in fact, an outright invention by you, and ignoring my repeated statements to the contrary. We do not, and will not, waive any entrance requirements stipulated by SACS accreditation.
I am sorry you chose to ignore my repeated statements. I ask that you print a correction immediately.