Saturday, October 31, 2009

Plagiarized letter in the St. Catharines Standard

My local newspaper, the (St. Catharines) Standard, has a letter to the editor from Jim Ebsary, of Welland, Ontario. Much of it is plagiarized from a recent opinion piece by Richard Dawkins in the Washington Post. I have put the exact copies in bold and colour (well, I think I did, it was confusing):

Dawkins wrote:

What major institution most deserves the title of greatest force for evil in the world? In a field of stiff competition, the Roman Catholic Church is surely up there among the leaders.

Ebsary copied:

What major institution most deserves the title of greatest force for evil in the world? In a field of stiff competition, the Roman Catholic Church is surely up there among the leaders.

Dawkins wrote:

The Anglican church does not cleave to the dotty idea that a priest, by blessing bread and wine, can transform it literally into a cannibal feast; nor to the nastier idea that possession of testicles is an essential qualification to perform the rite. It does not send its missionaries out to tell deliberate lies to AIDS-weakened Africans, about the alleged ineffectiveness of condoms in protecting against HIV.

Ebsary rewrote and copied:

It sticks to the feeble idea that a priest, by blessing bread and wine, can transform it literally into a cannibal feast; it sticks to the nasty idea that possession of testicles is essential to perform the rite. It sends its missionaries out to tell deliberate lies to AIDS-weakened Africans about the alleged ineffectiveness of condoms in protecting against HIV.