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Ergun Mehmet Caner, formerly known as Ergun Michael "Butch" Caner (21st April 2010)

Since the release of the legal documents, we came to know that on Ergun Caner’s Concealed Weapons Permit the name used was actually Ergun Michael Caner rather than the usual Ergun Mehmet Caner we have all been seeing in recent times.

In addition to this, we constantly hear Ergun Caner say that his wife calls him “Butch”.

Ergun paints a picture to his audience as though he is some sort of foreigner with an unpronounceable name who moved to America not knowing anything and found it difficult to integrate into American lifestyle. He claims he and his family moved to America as Da’ee’s (ones who invite people to the religion of truth), he also at times, deceives people into thinking that his father was an Islamic Scholar!

I had never heard of Ergun Caner until very early 2009 so I only knew him as “argoo mahama jana” (that’s how he says it in his fake foreign accent).

One particular blogger has expressed his sadness at having being fooled into thinking that Ergun Caner was a terrorist who moved to America to carry out events like that of 9/11. After all, a name like Ergun Mehmet Caner is capable of fooling any naive & gullible Christian who does not understand Islam. Just to clarify, I am not saying all Christians are naive & gullible.

The reality of Ergun's use of the name Mehmet is that it was merely a publicity act in order to mislead the audience. If we look at all of the available articles written by/about Ergun prior to 2001, the name Ergun is at times concealed and merely represented with an “E” and the name Michael is made apparent. There is no mention of the name Mehmet until after September 11th which is when Ergun decided to capitalise on the tragic events, he knew that the American public were easy to fool – and he was right.

example 1 - "28-year-old preacher's beliefs took root during SBC struggle" (June 17th 1994)

The following is a compilation of articles from the Southern Baptist Historical Library Archives (Baptist Press) dated June 17th 1994.

The compilation consists of an article written by Ergun himself titled: “28-year-old preacher's beliefs took root during SBC struggle”.

You will see that the name written next to the article is “E. Michael Caner”:

 

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example 2 - "Dumpster to spotlight: On preacher's journey" (30th June 1995)

The following is a compilation of articles from the Southern Baptist Historical Library Archives (Baptist Press) dated 30th June 1995.

The compilation consists of an article written by Ergun himself titled: “Dumpster to spotlight: On preacher's journey”.

You will see that the name written next to the articles is “E. Michael Caner”.

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You will also notice that the end of Butch's article, it states what Church he is the pastor of (at that time of course). So for those who think I am being decieved into thinking these are articles are written by a different "E. Michael Caner" - please research this yourself and verify it.

example 3 - “Pastor shares Jesus in war-like scene amid students fleeing Columbine High” (21st April 1999)

The following is an article published on April 21st 1999 by the Baptist Press titled "Pastor shares Jesus in war-like scene amid students fleeing Columbine High"

You can clearly see that Ergun Caner is referred to as “E. Michael “Butch” Caner”.

Bearing in mind that this is the very same Baptist Press who after 2001 refer to E. Michael Butch Caner as Ergun Mehmet Caner. 

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example 4 - SBC Executive Committee, boards, commission, seminary, committe nominees announced (1999)

The following is a list of nominees for the Southern Baptist Convention committee in 1999

You will see that the nomination list presents Ergun Caner as “E. Michael Caner”.

Bearing in mind that this is the very same SBC that supports Ergun Mehmet Caner today.

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example 5 -  Colo. Baptists pledge to continue 'whatever it takes' to share faith (Nov' 15th 2000)

The following is an article published on November 15th 2000 by the Baptist Press titled "Colo. Baptists pledge to continue 'whatever it take' to share faith"

You will notice that article refers to him as "Butch Caner".

Bearing in mind that this this is the very same Baptist News who after 2001 refer Butch Caner as Ergun Mehmet Caner.

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example 6 - University of Cumberland Magazine (2001)

On page 37 of University of Cumberland magazine of Summer 2001 he is named as “Ergun Michael Caner”

This is the University from which he graduated in 1989.

 

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makes perfect sense

What is clear from the above publications is that Ergun did not openly use the name “Ergun” neither did he use the name “Mehmet”. The University of Cumberland shows the name Ergun which would obviously be standard operating procedure of a University that has to refer to individuals with their official names.

But - 

did he present himself as Ergun Mehmet?

did his friends see him as Ergun Mehmet?

did Church members see him as Ergun Mehmet?

did he present himself as Ergun Mehmet to those interviewing him?

did he write under the name Ergun Mehmet?

The answer is evidently no. He was known as “E. Michael Caner”, “Butch” and maybe "Ergun" to his close friends.

The important point to note here is not whether his close friends or family members knew him as Ergun, rather, the emphasis is how Ergun presented himself to the public.

In my opinion, Ergun and his superiors wanted to make the most of the opportunity available. The events of 9/11 developed a niche within the evangelism market, speaking against Islam and Muslims became a well paid and easy method of attaining recognition amongst the Christians of America.

Would people listen to a “former Muslim” with the name “E. Michael "Butch" Caner” who was born in Sweden and brought up mostly by his non-Muslim mother who opposed Islam? Of course not.

Replacing the name Michael with the well-known Turkish name Mehmet, and slapping the new name onto the cover of books makes his lies, exaggerations and trumped-up stories seem genuine – when really – the majority of it is bogus.

How low can a person go to play off the horror of the American public after such a tragic event and then use it as a means of making a name for himself?

Those people who are in favour of Ergun have said that they like the fact that Ergun uses the name Mehmet in remembrance of his father, this is course, total nonsense. He is clearly using the name Mehmet to mislead people, not to remember his father – why did he not use the name Mehmet during his entire time pre-2001 “when he was telling people about Islam” (according to him)?

Ergun boasts in his July Q & A 2009 that he and his brother both write under their real names.

Does this mean that he used to write under a false name for the entire time before 2001?

Does this mean the University of Cumberland have published a false name?

Does this mean the Baptist Press articles of 1994 and 1995 were written under false names by Ergun himself?

And all of a sudden after 9/11, he starts to write with his “real name”……… It makes perfect sense…..NOT!