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Book By Hillary Clinton’s Pastor Pulled For Extensive Plagiarism

Thou Shalt Not Steal. It’s right there in the 10 Commandments.

But Hillary Clinton’s “spiritual adviser,” the Rev. Bill Shillady, must have been absent the day they taught the Commandments in seminary school.

Shillady’s new book, “Strong for a Moment Like This,” includes biblical passages, prayers and short sermons that he sent to Hillary each morning during the 2016 presidential campaign. Hillary said the one she received on the day after she lost the 2016 presidential election “helped her heal from her devastating defeat,” The Washington Post reported.

Now, less than a month after the book’s publication, the publishing house that printed it says it is pulling the book off the shelves because it’s riddled with plagiarism.

“Abingdon Press initiated an extensive review of the book and was alarmed to discover other content unattributed by the author. Abingdon Press has zero tolerance for plagiarism,” the Rev. Brian K. Milford, the president of the publishing company, said in a statement. “Consequently, we have discontinued sales, will remove existing copies from all sales outlets, and will have them destroyed along with our existing inventory.”

Shillady, who did not respond to a Washington Post reporter’s call on Tuesday evening, sent an emailed statement: “I deeply regret my actions. I was wrong and there is no excuse for it. 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.”

But it all kind of makes sense, right? The stealing commandments comes right after “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery,” and we know that Hillary is just fine with that. Then there’s the “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness,” and everyone knows Hillary is a world-class liar (remember when she rain through a hail of gunfire in Bosnia?).