Truett-McConnell's new leader is a fo...

Truett-McConnell's new leader is a former Muslim

There are 12 comments on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution story from Aug 9, 2008, titled Truett-McConnell's new leader is a former Muslim. In it, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that:

Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga., a Southern Baptist school, named a former Muslim as its president Friday.

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PearlieMae Carbunkle

Jefferson, GA

#1 Aug 11, 2008
I know firsthand that Truett-McConnell College was founded in Towns Co and later moved to White County. It was started to give the young ladies and men of the mountains an education. That is the difference the school made that really stands out to me. Many of the students come from churches in GA, FL and a few other states.

I am not happy to hear of the new President. He stated in the Times article that he converted to Christianity in 1982. I want to hear him say he confessed Jesus Christ as his Savior and was saved and maybe Baptized. My main reason for my criticism is we are fighting in Iraq for many causes, oil being one but mainly to stop the rule of a religious sect. He may be the most intelligent person Ms. Holcomb has ever met but for me to be happy with TMC Trustees decision is to tell us his experience of grace. To truly lead an institution such as TMC it needs to be all about Jesus Christ. Where can he get money from to fund the college that no other man or woman could?

Cleveland, GA

#2 Aug 12, 2008
Brighten up. You know what they say, there's no zealot like a convert - though I don't know how being a Muslim-baiting fanatic is going to help drag Truett back from the brink.

Cleveland, GA

#3 Aug 12, 2008
Oh, and just for your further edification, Miss Pimple, before the US invaded and occupied Iraq its government was led by the Ba'th party - a secular Arab nationalist political party. As you may know, secular means it's not based on religion. Under the US occupation the government of Iraq has fallen into the hands of Shia sectarian theocratic parties (you know what sectarian and theocratic mean, I trust) based in Iran. One of the many devastating effects of the US occupation, and the Islamization of Iraqi society and government that has occured as a result of the occupation, is that the ancient Christian community of Iraq has been decimated.

Many of the Christians have fled to Syria, another secular Arab state ruled by the Ba'th party, which protects the fundamental rights of all citizens regardless of religion or sect. There in Syria they are safe from being murdered by Muslim fanatics, at least until Bush or McSame decide to destroy that country, as well.
PearlieMae Carbunkle

Cleveland, GA

#4 Aug 12, 2008
I do agree with your last paragraph lightsweetcrude in post #3. I don't know whether to address you as Ms. or Mr. lightsweetcrude. I am probably about as light as you are. I made a statement and I will stand by it.

Cleveland, GA

#5 Aug 12, 2008
PearlieMae Carbunkle wrote:
I do agree with your last paragraph lightsweetcrude in post #3. I don't know whether to address you as Ms. or Mr. lightsweetcrude. I am probably about as light as you are. I made a statement and I will stand by it.
Well that was heavy; my comment, I mean. Sorry for the condescension. I'll try to be light.

And it sure as heck aint "Mrs". I'll probably be dead before...well, anyway.
PearlieMae Carbunkle

Cleveland, GA

#6 Aug 14, 2008
Hi lightsweetcrude: At least I read the article in the White County News today and President Canter did speak of Jesus Christ. That is always good to hear that one truly acknowledges. So I will give him the benefit of my original doubt. Let's see how things go.
PearlieMae Carbunkle

Demorest, GA

#7 Aug 18, 2008
I predict that Truett-McConnell is on its way to being a Seminary. Just wait.

Cleveland, GA

#8 Jul 7, 2009
Can we bring this story back to the front for updates?
Ex-Bears Fan

Waycross, GA

#9 Sep 24, 2009
he is a good man

Cleveland, GA

#10 Oct 4, 2009
Perhaps he is a good man. What do you think of the feelers he is putting out there on starting a new degree or studies in Science of Creation? Is he to be a forerunner in a very debatable subject in the Christian world? Will that help or hurt? Sports both womens and men have always been good there.
the farmers

Cedaredge, CO

#11 Sep 11, 2010
i being a truett student and being one of the few to recieve one of the new four year degree's that were made possible through a man that came to the college fired up aboout God and what great things he can do, what all of you probably dont realize he has made greater changes and brought a better and greater view of christianity to the school and is willing to defend his views on the college and his personal views, i know the man first hand and can tell you i have personally talked to the man and heard him preach, and he is the real deal, he can set souls on fire for christ, this is what young minds need and this is what truett mcconnell needs as a leader, the man also is the brother of the president of LIberty University, background the largest baptist college in the U.S., they both are leading the fight that many are not able and do not have the abilities to combat the muslim religion, they are former muslims but they converted and know the ways and how to prove they are wrong and christianity is right, truett will become a christian college powerhouse, i know because anyone that drives by the college will now notice that the bridge church across the street is being used as a sanctuary for chapel because they have expanded out of the gym, and it is also home to many new classrooms including history classes that had to be made to hold 65-90 students to accomodate the new freshmen coming to the college. God will lead those who are willing to follow!
Mill Kid

Jefferson, GA

#12 Sep 13, 2010
Truett-McConnell is a good college. I am a graduate. I also know about the humble beginnings of two fine men and the never ending work the Holcomb's did as well as numerous others in bringing wonderful young people from the mountains and other places to TMC. Yes it began in the late 40's and stood strong long before your present President came. I did see that what used to be Convocation is being held at the Bridge. I saw numerous students running practically out in the highway on foot, pretty dangerous.
Your new President needs to stay grounded in the word of Jesus and let his former religion rest don't you think? I believe he would be more effective if he could lose the former Muslim title and go on. I also know about Liberty University and it too was founded long before the brother came.

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