Spirituality: January 2009 Archives

Conversations with fraud

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Neale Donald Walsch, who's made himself a nice living off his "conversations" with God, has been outed as a plagiarist and kicked off Beliefnet.com, where he wrote a spiritual blog.

Apparently Walsch tried to pass off another writer's Christmas anecdote as his own -- a story about his son's kindergarten pageant where the kids were supposed to hold up letters spelling out the words "Christmas Love," and the kid holiding the "M" held it upside down, so the message read "Christwas Love." Turns out, an author named Candy Chand first wrote the story a decade ago for the spiritual magazine Clarity.

Walsch's lame excuse is that he told the story so many times over the years and "somewhere along the way, internalized it as my own experience."

Chand doesn't buy it, and quite frankly, neither do I.

"If he knew this was wrong, he should have known it was wrong before he got caught," she told the New York Times.

Amen, sister.