Hillary Clinton has a plagiarizing pastor who apparently wrote a book which includes “inspirational” emails he sent her.
Clinton wrote a forward for the book, praising his work, and plans on helping promote it.
The problem is, Clinton’s pastor Bill Shillady was caught by another pastor, Matthew Deuel, for plagiarizing his blog.
Of all places, Deuel saw the plagiarized material published on the fake news network CNN.
Deuel says he was shocked when he discovered the material but does not plan on any legal actions.
Shillady apologized and Deuel accepted his apology.
Hillary Clinton’s longtime pastor plagiarized the writings of another minister in a new book scheduled to be released on Tuesday.
“Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” is based on emails that the Rev. Bill Shillady, a United Methodist minister, wrote to Clinton from April 2015 through December of last year. Shillady described his emails as a way to minister to a candidate in perpetual motion.
Shillady holds the copyright on the book, which includes 11 pages of end notes crediting some source material. But it does not credit one source from which an especially emotional devotion borrowed heavily: a blog post by the Rev. Matthew Deuel, a pastor at Mission Point Community Church in Warsaw, Indiana.
Clinton appears on the cover of “Strong for a Moment Like This,” and wrote a foreword for the book praising Shillady and his writings. She is scheduled to appear at an event next month in New York promoting the book. A spokesman for Clinton did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
On November 9, the day after the election, Shillady sent Clinton an email titled, “Sunday is Coming.” Last week, CNN published that email as part of an excerpt of the new book. The piece was widely shared on social media, with many liberals saying its sentiments struck an emotional chord.
On Saturday, though, Deuel contacted a CNN reporter, saying some paragraphs in Shillady’s writings appeared to be “inspired” by a blog post he wrote in March 2016.
For example, Deuel wrote: “For the disciples and Christ followers in the first century, Good Friday represented the day that everything fell apart. All was lost. The momentum and hope of a man, claiming to be the Son of God, the Messiah who was supposed to change everything, had been executed.
Shillady’s email to Clinton, published in his book, says: “For the disciples and Christ’s followers in the first century, Good Friday represented the day that everything fell apart. All was lost. The momentum and hope of a man claiming to be the Son of God, the Messiah who was supposed to change everything, had been executed.”
Likewise, Deuel wrote: “Death will be shattered. Hope will be restored. Redemption is coming. But first, we must live through the darkness and seeming hopelessness of Friday.”
Shillady’s email to Clinton, published in his book, says: “Death will be shattered. Hope will be restored. But first, we must live through the darkness and seeming hopelessness of Friday.”
Shillady echoes other ideas and phrases from Deuel’s column as well, such as the notion that “life is filled with a lot of Fridays,” times of trouble marked by jobs lost, friendships betrayed and bad medical diagnoses received.
Deuel said he was “shocked” when he read Shillady’s email to Clinton posted on CNN.com. But amid turmoil in the United States and elsewhere, the pastor said he is “not interested in publicly pursuing anything.”
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