ChristWas Love January 14, 2009

ChristWas Love

By now, you may have already heard the story.

Bestselling Christian author of Conversations with God Neale Donald Walsch admitted to plagiarizing a story he has been telling for years:

… On Dec, 28 on this blog I published an anecdote about my son’s class of young school children giving a Christmas Concert nearly 20 years ago, with children holding up letters that spelled out CHRISTMAS LOVE. The story went on to say that one little girl had held her sign…the ‘M”…upside down by mistake…and so the words spelled out CHRISTWAS LOVE.

Makes you get all emotional, doesn’t it?

Me neither.

Anyway, the original writer was Candy Chand and she rightfully called him out on it.

He has since apologized and removed himself from the slate of blog contributors to Beliefnet.

But that doesn’t mean Stephen Colbert can’t have some fun with the story… the relevant part begins at the 2:15 mark.

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  • Nice 🙂

  • A.Ou


    This use of the past tense accurately describes the current state of Jesus – who is, unsurprisingly, dead as a doornail after 2000 years.

  • “Of course, God plagiarizes all the time”


  • This was rather disappointing, as, while I don’t agree with him on his views regarding God, I thought he was a decent guy. Also, I don’t know any Christians who would call him a Christian author, while definitely a theist who invokes the name of Jesus from time to time, 80% or so of Christendom would probably consider him a heretic.

  • I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again:

    Gosh, it’s a good thing he’s not an atheist.

    Because if he were an atheist, he’d have no moral foundation, and no reason to not just do whatever he wanted.

    (rolling eyes)

    The Colbert Report thing is funny… but for some reason I’m fixating him saying that God’s supposed “prime law” of cause and affect is like the “prime directive” in Star Trek. I mean, has he watched Star Trek? Does he know what the prime directive is?


  • If, instead of one of them holding the sign upside down, the kids had stood in a different order, they could have spelled any of the following…



    I especially like that last one.

  • I have told the story verbally so many times over the years that I had it memorized…and then, somewhere along the way, internalized it as my own experience. I am aghast at how improbable this sounds, even to me, yet I can find no other explanation for how this story came out of my mouth in Candy Chand’s words.

    Doesn’t sound that improbable to me. People have reported urban legends as if they had happened to them.

  • Ramon C.

    “Oh, Bananas!” because He wouldn’t say the name of the lord in vain by saying “Oh, Pumpkin!”
    That! was funny…

  • Fredrik

    Actually he said “he wouldn’t take the gourd’s name in vain”. Now that’s funny.

  • How can anybody “be” an intangible noun?

    I am humor! Laugh, damn you, laugh!

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