The historical loss that Hillary Clinton underwent during the 2016 elections cannot be forgotten. A closer look at some of the contributing factors that led to her loss indicates that her plagiarized prayer might be one of the reasons that led to her loss.
Her pastor has acknowledged that he plagiarized part of the prayer commentary that he sent her the day after she lost the presidential election.
Rev. Bill Shillady made a statement in which he revealed how stunned he was after realizing that his devotional, "Sunday is Coming," was similar to an earlier blog post that was made by the Rev. Matt Deuel of Mission Point Community Church in Warsaw, Indiana.
Duel has received an apology from Shillady, who said that he will credit the Indiana pastor in future editions of the book, titled "Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton."
A collection of scripture, devotionals and inspirational writing are all in Shillady’s writing. The United Methodist Church minister emailed the book to Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign.
A statement that was released by Mary Catherine Dean, editor-in-chief of Shillady's publisher, Abingdon Press, revealed that Abingdon Press fully accepts his explanation that he did not intentionally leave Matt Deuel's passages unattributed.
An email from Duel revealed that he spoke with Shillady on Monday and accepted the Methodist minister’s apology. He also said that he noticed the similarities after the devotional was published by CNN.
The United Methodist City Society is a social service agency situated in New York that is led by Shillady. He officiated at Chelsea Clinton's wedding, led a memorial service for Hillary Clinton's mother, Dorothy Rodham, and gave the closing benediction at the Democratic National Convention. Clinton wrote the forward to his book.
The Minister admitted that he sought inspiration for the Nov. 9 email by searching for material along the familiar Christian theme of holding onto hope and emerging from adversity.
However, Shillady credited Deuel with graciously accepting the apology, adding that his entire approach to the book project has been to credit all of the many ministers and sources who contributed to the devotionals that were written for Hillary over the course of the campaign.