CNN reported on Tuesday that the book that was written by Hillary Clinton’s pastor about her faith, “Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” has been pulled by Abingdon Press due to plagiarism.
The Rev. Bill Shillady, a United Methodist minister, said the book was based on interviews he conducted with Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. But just before the book was published in August, CNN reported that Shillady copied a portion of a devotional from another pastor without a citation.
The Rev. Brian Milford, president of the United Methodist Publishing House, which owns Abingdon Press, said that this report ignited the publisher to conduct an “extensive review” of the book.
Milford said to CNN in a statement that publishers were “alarmed” to find the plagiarism.
“Abingdon Press has zero tolerance for plagiarism. Consequently, we have discontinued sales, will remove existing copies from all sales outlets and will have them destroyed along with our existing inventory,” Milford said.
Shillady told CNN, “I deeply regret my actions.”
“I was wrong and there is no excuse for it,” Shillady said. “I apologize to those whose work I mistakenly did not attribute. 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. I ask for everyone’s forgiveness.”
In August, CNN found that Shillady had copied the writings of another pastor, the Rev. Matthew Deuel, in the reportedly compassionate and godly message he sent Hillary following her election defeat.
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