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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 7, 2009 @ 10:16 am

    Thou shalt not steal

    Fiona McCann

    Hilarious story in the New York Times about a well-known writer who stole someone’s story and tried to pass it off as his own – not just as his own story, in fact, but as one that stemmed from his own experience! Read this and enjoy Conversations with God author Neale Donald Walsch’s ridiculous defence of his plagiarism – he is “mystified and taken aback” and “chagrined and astonished” that such a thing could happen and blames his memory for playing tricks on him. Luckily, the woman he stole from, Ms Candy Chand (yes, that is her name), had copyrighted the story in 2003, first published ten years before Walsch “misremembered” this particular miracle. But Walsch won’t admit any deliberate wrong-doing – time for another conversation with the man upstairs, perhaps?

    • Lar says:

      I love the fact that these christians are all about the judgement and nothing about the forgiveness, especially Ms Chand towards the end of that story. Genius.

    • clom says:

      i love how BeliefNet have reacted to a story in which an author for a faith based publication is found to have debased standards of trust and honesty and still has the brass neck to insinuate that only the highest standards of trust are to be found only in faith based publications as if this is something that happens regularly through non-faith based channels.

      it’s interesting how the word “sorry”, “forgive” or “apologise” fails to appear in any of the quotes from everyone involved.

    • Fiona says:

      Lar – I know! I found Ms Chand the most hilarious of all – she ain’t buying Walsch’s story, believer in miracles though she may be.

      Clom – yep, conspicuous lack of cheek-turning, apologising, owning up even!

    • fatmammycat says:

      Hah, I read this yesterday, over 300 comments waffling on about how it might have been a minor brain fart and not outright plagiarism. Oh verily, there are non so blind as thouse who do not want to see.

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