If the devotional written by Hillary Clinton’s pastor to comfort her on the day after her election loss wasn’t disgusting enough, now the Associated Press has revealed that he copied it from someone else.
TruthRevolt published the letter last week — the one in which United Methodist Rev. Bill Shillady compared Clinton’s devastating loss to the death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, but encouraged her that, “Sunday is coming” — meaning her political resurrection was nigh. Well, those words were straight up stolen.
Shillady just published a collection of his devotional e-mails to Clinton in a book titled Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton. The devotional in question is included in the book.
The reverend said he was “stunned” to see how similar it was to a blog post by another pastor, Matt Deuel of Mission Point Community Church in Warsaw, Indiana. After CNN published the e-mail, Deuel contacted Shillady and noted the similar language. However, Deuel has accepted Shillady’s apology and the promise that he will be credited in future editions of the book.
In a statement, Shillady said:
I searched for passages that offered perspective of this theme. I am now stunned to realize the similarity between Matt Deuel's blog sermon and my own. Clearly, portions of my devotional that day incorporate his exact words.
My entire approach to this 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.
Shillady has been the Clinton’s pastor since 2002 and officiated Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. He will join Mrs. Clinton to discuss the book in New York in September.