In 2009, Ergun Caner was first suspected of faking his claims that he was a convert from Radical Islam. Men such as James White, Chris Rosebrough, and J.D. Hall all saw inconsistencies and errors in his stories and spoke against him. As I write this in January of 2016, there is very little doubt that Caner not only faked his testimony, but also was involved in both racism and inappropriate behavior (Also found here).
Walid Shoebat is another man who claims to have left Radical Islam. Similar to Caner, he has received criticism for some time for having a flimsy testimony at best. A reporter from CNN named Anderson Cooper (Note: This is not an endorsement or promotion of CNN) decided to take a look at Shoebat's claims (Read More Here). He talked to Walid's fourth cousin, Daood Shoebat, said, "I have never heard anything about Walid being a mujahedeen or a terrorist." He added, "He claims this for his own personal reasons." At this site, Shoebat's grandfather was said to be a friend of Haj-Ameen Al-Husseni. However, Kamal Younis, who is said to be a relative of Walid, said, "Walid's grandfather never even met him and was a peaceful man." Kamal said later on, "The biggest act of 'terror' he ever committed was to glue Palestinian flags on street posts." (Source). While Walid has claimed to have bombed a bank in Bethlehem, although no evidence of such a bombing existed. When asked if it made news, Walid said, "I don't know. I didn't read the papers because I was in hiding for the next three days." (Source). However, he said in 2004 about the event, "I was terribly relieved when I heard on the news later that evening that no one had been hurt or killed by my bomb." (Source).
However, Shoebat's false testimony is not the only concern to be had. Walid is a Roman Catholic. He has defended Roman Catholicism multiple times. In this article, he defends the Papacy and attacks Sola Scriptura. He defended Icons and Veneration of Saints in this article. He shows the same Mary worship as most Catholics in this article. He has said that we are saved by faith and works together (This is the heresy of Infused Righteousness). To the one who said "'Its by faith,' I’d say, 'your right' and to the other who said, 'it’s by works,' I’d say 'you are also right,'" (Found here). However, the Bible says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9, ESV). His teaching of certain passages in how they relate to Eschatology are questionable at best (See this one, for example). His ministry is dangerously close to crossing the line from self-defense to trying to enforce Christianity by this sword (See this article by his son that he placed at his website). While most of Walid's confession to CNN was actually a defense of his story, he did admit to being a Racist.
Despite major doctrinal issues and questionable actions, Shoebat has been hosted by a few popular Christian teachers. He has been on Sid Roth's "It's Supernatural" and has been interviewed by Pat Robertson. If he is really a heretic and liar, why would you ask him to appear on your program? There are other, better alternatives that can speak well to the topic of Islam. David Wood from Acts 17 Apologetics, for example. Also Sam Shamoun and Dr. James R. White. Please consider this next time you see an article shared from Shoebat.com
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Brandon C. Hines is a young writer from somewhere in northern Alabama who writes about Theology, Polemics, and Apologetics. His beliefs are best summarized by the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
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