Hillary Clinton’s pastor allegedly plagiarizes Warsaw pastor

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NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton’s pastor admits he plagiarized part of the prayer he sent her the day after she lost the presidential election.

The prayer is at the heart of a new book published Tuesday by the Rev. Bill Shillady of the United Methodist Church. It’s a collection of the devotionals he emailed Clinton during the campaign.

Shillady said he was “stunned” to learn of the similarities between his prayer and a blog post by the Rev. Matt Deuel of Mission Point Community Church in Warsaw, Indiana.

Shillady says he has apologized to Deuel and will give the Indiana pastor full credit. His publisher, Abingdon Press, says it believes the similarities between the two prayers were unintentional.

Here are some excerpts, provided by CNN, showing the similarities:

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.”
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.”
Carli Luca contributed to this story

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