Muslim-Turned-Preacher Faces University Inquiry

June 6, 2010

Author: Tom Breen

Source: News Observer

Wire Service: AP

The future of a prominent Southern Baptist preacher who converted from Islam may depend on which version of his past is closer to the truth.

Ergun Caner's supporters know him as a devout Muslim who discovered Jesus Christ at an Ohio church and became a popular leader at Liberty University, the Virginia evangelical school founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

His critics have a different version: an opportunist who exaggerated vague boyhood memories in his Muslim family to paint himself as a one-time extremist while enriching himself and sowing tension between the world's two largest faiths.