Skip to comments.Caner foes labeled ‘cyber-terrorists’
Posted on 05/05/2014 5:54:29 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
An attorney representing a Southern Baptist college president labeled individuals posting online videos undermining his clients famous Jihad to Jesus ex-Muslim testimony as cyber-terrorists in oral arguments April 30.
Jonathan Autry sued for copyright infringement after posting videos online showing discrepancies in different presentations by Brewton-Parker College President Ergun Caner claiming he was trained overseas to be a Muslim terrorist before coming the United States and converting to Christianity as a teen repeated the lawyers comment in a legal document filed May 1 in U.S. District Court for Western Virginia.
Autry said Caners counsel also falsely told the court that Caner fired Autry, arguing that he is a disgruntled former employee set on ruining his former boss financially. Autry said he was employed twice by Liberty University, where Caner was president of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary 2005-2010, but he wasnt fired and didnt work for Caner.
Autry was one of a number of bloggers and news outlets questioning statements by Caner including that he was born in Turkey, trained as a jihadist terrorist in Egypt, and that his father was a polygamist. Jesus strapped a cross on his back so I wouldnt have to strap a bomb on mine, Caner said at the Southern Baptist Convention pastors conference in 2004.
Court documents indicate Caner was born in Sweden and moved to the U.S. when he was a toddler, growing up in an Ohio suburb with his Lutheran mother after his parents divorce.
Caner has admitted to pulpit mistakes but denies he ever tried to deceive anyone. A judge in Texas recently threw out another lawsuit filed by Caner to block online posting of videos of him speaking, determining that it was fair use as defined by U.S. copyright law.
Caner claims that unauthorized reproduction of lectures he is paid to deliver hurts him financially. Autry says the lawsuit isnt really about copyright violation but is rather Caners attempt to silence his critics.
It appears Ergun needs repentance much more than a verdict. I heard him in person sometime in ‘03 or ‘04. He was a captivating speaker for sure. I have considered trying to obtain a tape of his presentation because the way I remember it, his famous “misstatements” flowed freely that day.
Caner has admitted to pulpit mistakes but denies he ever tried to deceive anyone.
Interesting statement. A special sort of "mistake". I've come to the point where I tend to hold stories spun from the pulpit with a great deal of skepticism.