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Janet Mefferd Show apologizes, removes alleged plagiarism proof against Driscoll

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After apologizing, the Janet Mefferd Show removed the alleged evidence of plagiarism in mega-church pastor Driscoll's book, A Call to Resurgence, from the website on December 4, 2013. Mid-day in the second hour show, the host of the Christian show, Janet, apologized for how she conducted an earlier interview where she directly questioned Driscoll about possible plagiarism.

She stated:

"I now realize the interview should not have occurred at all. I should have contacted Tyndale House directly to alert them to the plagiarism issue, and I never should have brought it to the attention of listeners publicly. So I would like to apologize to all of you and to Mark Driscoll for how I behaved. I am sorry."

She explained why she removed the interview and offered evidence:

"Unfortunately, I also didn’t anticipate that this story would go viral, online the way it did and creating such dissension within the Christian community was never my aim. And, so in an effort to right things as best as I can, I have now removed all of the materials…"

She did not state one way or another whether she believed the evidence was insufficient proof or if she was asked to remove it. Patheos writer, Warren Throckmorton, wrote directly about the interview and evidence, showing one book page in comparison to another. Other Christian internet writers and speakers commented indirectly on the matter, such as Carl Trueman and Pirate Christian Radio.

Pastor Driscoll acknowledged he may have made a mistake in some citations, according to Religion News Service. There has been no other public comments about the offered evidence other than Tyndale House Publisher's comment to writer Jonathan Merritt of Religion News Service.

The scanned comparison of A Call to Resurgence with two other books allegedly plagiarized was on the website as of December 3 according to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, which copies internet pages. It is unclear if the allegations are being further pursued privately by relevant parties or has been otherwise settled.



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