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Abingdon Press retracts Clinton pastor's book over extensive plagiarism

Abingdon Press retracts Clinton pastor's book over extensive plagiarism”

Clinton wrote the foreword for the book - Strong for a Moment Like This, a collection of devotionals that Shallidy had emailed the former Democratic nominee daily throughout her 2016 presidential campaign - and credited the United Methodist Church minister with helping her recover after her crushing loss to Donald Trump in November.

The Nov. 9 email Clinton received reportedly comforted her in the wake of her defeat.

According to CNN, Rev. Brian Milford, the president of the book's publisher, the Abingdon Press, was alarmed by allegations and conducted a subsequent investigation that was described as an "extensive review", which confirmed suspicions.

Shillady released a statement apologizing last month for that specific incident of plagiarism.

CNN reported in August that the devotional has a significant resemblance to a blog post by Rev. Matthew Deuel - an in pastor who contacted CNN after he read the email on the outlet's website when it teased the book.

Mr. Shillady apologized at the time, and Abingdon Press stood behind the pastor, saying it was confident the rest of the book was attributed properly.

"Abingdon Press has zero tolerance for plagiarism".

As reported, the book included 365 of the 600 devotionals and inspirational prayers Shillady sent to Clinton in the months leading up the 2016 presidential election.

Shillady told CNN, "I deeply regret my actions". 'I was wrong and there is no excuse for it, ' he said. Consequently, we have discontinued sales, will remove existing copies from all sales outlets, and will have them destroyed along with our existing inventory.' The publisher didn't share who the other plagiarised authors were. I apologize to those I have disappointed, including Secretary Hillary Clinton, Abingdon Press, and all the writers and others who have helped me publish and promote this book.

Controversy first broke over "Strong for a Moment Like This" when a central part of the book - a prayer and devotion that Shillady sent to Clinton the morning after she lost the election - was called into question.

"We were having a photo shoot for the book and chatting about preaching and she said, 'Bill, I think I'd like to preach, '" he said. "She really found [the devotionals] so helpful to her in the midst of the contentious campaign that she felt that people would find some hope ... from it".

Shillady continued, "Clearly, portions of my devotional that day incorporate his exact words".



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