Date: August 02, 2012 02:41AM
The Muslim apologists are up to the same tricks as the Mormon apologists I think. The Haman stone story originated from Harun Yahya - possibly a group of people publishing under one name - think DCP (and brethren) in a turban. Free Inquiry magazine has been featuring this guy (these guys?) lately.
The author of the Quran made a few of the same errors Joseph did when incorporating extra-biblical myths, and had the disadvantage of probably only having oral renditions of some Jewish myths. He conflated parts of the Exodus and the Exile, and modern Islamic apologists are weaving cobwebs, over a millennia later, to try to keep internet savvy Muslims faithful.
Check out the issue with the Haman Stone here, and be gob-smacked at the similarities:http://answering-islam.org/authors/katz/haman.html