The News and Advance sets out the issues. And they are many:
When Liberty University begins the investigation it announced last week into the background of Ergun Caner, president of its seminary, the panel doing the work could explore several questions.
Where did Caner grow up — in Ohio or in Turkey?
When did he come to the United States — as a teenager as he has said, or at age 4 as his parents’ divorce documents indicate?
Did Caner have a nominal Muslim upbringing, or was he raised in Islamic jihad, “trained to do that which was done on 11 September” as he told an audience in Jacksonville, Fla., in November 2001?
Did he formally debate scholars of other faiths, including Islam, as his online biography once claimed?
Is Caner’s middle name Mehmet, as it’s shown on the cover of books he’s written — or is it Michael, as it’s listed on the concealed-weapons permit he got last year in Lynchburg?
Should he include an honorary degree in his curriculum vitae, which typically is the string of earned degrees that appears after the names of faculty members and administrators in university publications?
That’s a lot of questions. Raising only one issue: honesty. Honesty matters. Integrity matters. Whether or not he’s involved in the Lynchburg faculty, these questions and their answers really matter and the answers discovered may have a serious impact on the institution he’s serving. Or is it himself he’s serving? Would he make up the Muslim connection and radicalize it just for fame and to sell books? Scholars have done worse… Some have even faked artifacts and documents in the advancement of their agenda.